Reihan

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Reihan
רֵיחָן
Welcoming sign at entrance to the village
Welcoming sign at entrance to the village
Reihan is located in the West Bank
Reihan
Reihan
Coordinates: 32°28′8.03″N 35°8′5.99″E / 32.4688972°N 35.1349972°E / 32.4688972; 35.1349972Coordinates: 32°28′8.03″N 35°8′5.99″E / 32.4688972°N 35.1349972°E / 32.4688972; 35.1349972
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Affiliation HaOved HaTzioni
Founded 1977
Founded by Jewish Agency
Population (2016)[1] 224

Reihan (Hebrew: רֵיחָן‬) is a moshav ovdim and Israeli settlement in the northwest edge of the West Bank. Located close to the Green Line, it falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 224.

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

Geography[edit]

The settlement is located on a west-facing hillside at 387 metres above sea level, south of the Ta'anakh and the biblical city of the same name, and east of Barta'a. Reihan is today home to 200, including 52 families, and it operates a tree nursery and poultry farm.

History[edit]

The moshav was established in 1977 as a Nahal outpost and populated in 1981 by civilian members of a Labour Zionist group. It is located in the "Shaked bloc", meant to ensure contiguous Israeli presence between the strategic Highway 65 and Palestinian population centres.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.