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Nahliel is located in the Central West Bank
Coordinates: 31°58′26.4″N 35°8′24.35″E / 31.974000°N 35.1400972°E / 31.974000; 35.1400972Coordinates: 31°58′26.4″N 35°8′24.35″E / 31.974000°N 35.1400972°E / 31.974000; 35.1400972
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Affiliation Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Founded October 1984
Founded by Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Population (2017)[1] 663

Nahliel (Hebrew: נַחֲלִיאֵל‬) is a Haredi Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located close to the Palestinian villages of Beitillu and Deir 'Ammar,[2] and some 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Modi'in, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 663.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]


According to ARIJ, Nahliel is built on land confiscated from the Palestinian town of Al-Ittihad[4] and Al-Zaitounah.[5]

The settlement was established in October 1984 by the Poalei Agudat Yisrael movement, and was named after the biblical city of Nahaliel and a book by Isaac Breuer, the founder of Poalei Agudat Yisrael. According to its website it is a "warm, Torah-centered community, a place where it is fun to live," with a population of 80 families. According to Dror Etkes of Peace Now, writing in 2005, some of the settlers are "radical settlers" on the fringes of ultra-Orthodox society, making it rather atypical among the ultra-Orthodox settlements.[6]

During the Second Intifada, two Israeli women were ambushed and wounded by Palestinian militants near Nahliel.[7]

In March 2005 a group of 30 to 40 Jewish seminary students used clubs and stones to beat[8] 8 Palestinian men employed in Nahliel as they were entering the settlement.[9]

North and east of Nahliel are lands belonging to the Palestinians of the village of Beitillu, whose residents are allowed to work on their orchards only a few days every year. Much damage to Palestinian olive groves contiguous to the settlement has taken place in 2012, but the culprits are unknown. The area is surrounded by barbed wire.[2]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Amira Hass (16 July 2012). "Uprooting Palestinian trees - and lives". Haaretz (Tel Aviv).
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  4. ^ Al-Itihad Town Profile (Beitillu, Jammala & Deir 'Ammar), ARIJ, pp. 16-17
  5. ^ AL-Zaytouneh Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 18
  6. ^ Dror Etkes, Lara Friedman, "The Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the West Bank", Peace Now, October 2005.
  7. ^ "2 Israelis ambushed; Israel hits militants". UPI. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  8. ^ Isabel Kershner (29 November 2005). Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Macmillan. pp. 187–8. ISBN 978-1-4039-6801-2. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Jewish settlers beat Palestinians". BBC News. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2012.

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