Sha'ar Binyamin Industrial Zone

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Sha'ar Binyamin

אזור תעשייה שער בנימין
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Sha'ar Binyamin is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Sha'ar Binyamin
Sha'ar Binyamin
Coordinates: 31°52′03.00″N 35°15′45.00″E / 31.8675000°N 35.2625000°E / 31.8675000; 35.2625000Coordinates: 31°52′03.00″N 35°15′45.00″E / 31.8675000°N 35.2625000°E / 31.8675000; 35.2625000
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilMateh Binyamin
RegionWest Bank
Founded1998
Founded byMateh Binyamin
"Industrial Zones Authority"
Area
606 dunams (60.6 ha or 150 acres)
Name meaningGate of Benjamin

Sha'ar Binyamin (Hebrew: שער בנימין) is a light industrial park established in 1998 as a trade and services area in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, Israeli-occupied West Bank. It is located 2 m north of Geva Binyamin on Route 60 and about 5 minutes drive from Pisgat Ze'ev in Jerusalem. The park covers an area of 606 dunams (150 acres).

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[1]

History[edit]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from two nearby Palestinian villages in order to construct Sha'ar Binyamin:

It was established by the Regional Council's "Industrial Zones Authority," which promotes development in its area. The Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry also invested about 20 million Israeli new shekel in developing the region. The park was granted "National Priority Area A" status in 2002 for a 13-year period[4] enabling tax benefits to create jobs for residents of the Jewish and Arab communities in the region. Public transportation is provided by buses along Route 60.

Like other industrial parks in the West Bank, many Israelis and Palestinians coexist and work side by side in factories and stores at Sha'ar Binyamin.[5]

One of the big draws is a Rami Levy supermarket.[6][7] There are also bakeries (including a bakery which is experimenting in baking showbread as was used in the Temple in Jerusalem),[8] furniture stores, clothing stores, hardware and housewares stores, auto leasing, auto repair shops, a computer store, a winery, an optician, and a dental clinic.[9] Offices of The Jewish Agency's Settlement Division, an events hall and a section designated for high-tech businesses can also be found in the park.[citation needed]

The industrial park is located above the drainage basin of the Nahal Prat Nature Reserve and is therefore subject to rigorous standards on soil and water pollution. A water purification facility processes the park's waste water and the establishment of polluting heavy industry is prohibited.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  2. ^ Jaba' Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  3. ^ Mikhmas village profile, ARIJ, p. 16
  4. ^ "List of towns and industrial zones by nationality priority areas" (in Hebrew). The Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. 2012. p. "ש". Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  5. ^ "Peace with a paycheck". Ynet. 25 August 2010. In one of the departments, Halef from Jab'a and Avi from Adam sit next to each other. Every interaction between the two of them is accompanied by a friendly hug.
  6. ^ Khaled Abu Toameh (2010-05-07). "PA warns Palestinian shoppers". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  7. ^ "Sha'ar Binyamin Branch" (in Hebrew). Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  8. ^ "Baking the Show Bread". The Temple Institute. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  9. ^ "Businesses and stores in Geva Binyamin and Sha'ar Binyamin" (in Hebrew). israeltown.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22.

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