Rimonim

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Rimonim
רִמּוֹנִים
Rimonim is located in the West Bank
Rimonim
Rimonim
Coordinates: 31°56′03″N 35°20′24″E / 31.93417°N 35.34000°E / 31.93417; 35.34000Coordinates: 31°56′03″N 35°20′24″E / 31.93417°N 35.34000°E / 31.93417; 35.34000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Affiliation Agricultural Union
Founded 1977
Founded by Nahal
Population (2016)[1] 625

Rimonim (Hebrew: רִמּוֹנִים, רימונים‬), is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located on the Allon Road, about a twenty-minute drive east from Jerusalem, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 625.[1]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, the view rejected by Israel.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name of the village comes from Book of Judges 20:47:

But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months.

History[edit]

Rimonim was first established 1977 (20 Shevat 5737) as a temporary pioneer Nahal military outpost. Three years later in 1980 (on 4 Tishrei 5741), it moved to the current location, demilitarized and turned over to residential purposes non-religious Jewish Israelis with help from the Amana settlement organization. In the mid-2000s the village allowed religious Jews to move in. Until then, it had been almost exclusively secular in nature.

Services provided include a synagogue, half-Olympic sized swimming pool, post office, nursery, kindergarten, mikveh, library, basketball court, and youth centre.

At the edge of town, there is a look-out point, from which one can view the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. 

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