Petza'el

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Petza'el
פְּצָאֵל
Petza'el is located in the West Bank
Petza'el
Petza'el
Coordinates: 32°02′39″N 35°26′32″E / 32.04417°N 35.44222°E / 32.04417; 35.44222Coordinates: 32°02′39″N 35°26′32″E / 32.04417°N 35.44222°E / 32.04417; 35.44222
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region West Bank
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1970
Founded by Moshavim Movement
Population (2015)[1] 250

Petza'el (Hebrew: פְּצָאֵל‎) is a moshav and Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located in the center of the Jordan Valley, 34.5 kilometers from the Green line, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2015 it had a population of 250.

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

History[edit]

The settlement was established near Ma'ale Efraim in 1970 by former soldiers who were members of the Moshavim Movement. The settlement was initially administered as both a moshav and a kibbutz. In 1975 the settlement moved to a location in the valley where the agricultural fields of the members were located. In recent years, the settlements has absorbed around 30 new families, mostly the children of the founding members.[2][4]

Economy[edit]

Most of the settlement's residents earn their living from agriculture. The younger members work in both agriculture and other jobs.[2]

In the 2013 the settlement had 3,960 dunams of cultivated land, of which 2,700 dunams was used for date palms, 800 for vineyards, 400 for vegetables (mostly peppers) and 60 for flowers.[2] Most of the agricultural output is designated for export.[5]

Community and civic services[edit]

The settlement operates two kindergartens, several clubs for the members, a synagogue, pool, grocery store and recreation sites. Some of the electricity is created by solar panels in the settlements and some residents also use solar panels for their personal use.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "פצאל [Petza'el]". Bik'at HaYarden regional council website. 
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Hareuveni, Immanuel; Eretz Yisrael Lexicon; Ministry of Education p.796
  5. ^ "פצאל [Petza'el]". Jordan Valley Tourism.