Migdalim

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Migdalim
מִגְדָּלִים
Road signs at main intersection
Road signs at main intersection
Migdalim is located in the West Bank
Migdalim
Migdalim
Coordinates: 32°5′24.72″N 35°20′32.28″E / 32.0902000°N 35.3423000°E / 32.0902000; 35.3423000Coordinates: 32°5′24.72″N 35°20′32.28″E / 32.0902000°N 35.3423000°E / 32.0902000; 35.3423000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomrom
Region West Bank
Affiliation Amana
Founded 1984
Founded by Nahal
Population (2015)[1] 269
Name meaning Towers

Migdalim (Hebrew: מִגְדָּלִים‎) is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located 45 kilometres east of Tel Aviv on road 505 and adjacent to the Palestinian hamlet of Qusra, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 269.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

History[edit]

Migdalim was first established on 1984 as a pioneer Nahal military outpost, and demilitarized when turned over to residential purposes in 1986 to non-Orthodox Jewish Israelis. One of the reasons for choosing this location was to provide a continuity of settlements along the Trans-Samaria Highway between Kfar Tapuah on the "mountain spine" and Ma'ale Efrayim in the Jordan Valley.

On March 1, 2006, Eldad Abir, a resident of Migdalim, married with two children, was shot at point blank range and killed by Palestinians while working in the local gas station. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the murder.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000". State of Israel - Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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