Shadmot Mehola

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Shadmot Mehola
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Shadmot Mehola is located in the West Bank
Shadmot Mehola
Shadmot Mehola
Coordinates: 32°20′53.78″N 35°31′59.7″E / 32.3482722°N 35.533250°E / 32.3482722; 35.533250Coordinates: 32°20′53.78″N 35°31′59.7″E / 32.3482722°N 35.533250°E / 32.3482722; 35.533250
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region West Bank
Affiliation Hapoel HaMizrachi
Founded 1979
Founded by Nahal
Population (2016)[1] 608

Shadmot Mehola (Hebrew: שַׁדְמוֹת מְחוֹלָה‬, lit. Mehola Fields) is a national-religious moshav shitufi and Israeli settlement in the West Bank.[2] Located in the Beit She'an Valley, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2016 it had a population of 608.

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


The village was established as a Nahal settlement named Shelah in 1979, and was converted to a civilian settlement by residents of Mehola in 1984.[4] As Mehola itself it was named after the biblical city of Abel-mechola (1 Kings 19:16), which was located in the area.


According to the mayor of the nearby Palestinian village of Maleh, Arif Daraghmeh, residents of the village are not allowed to build permanent structures despite living there for generations, as well as receiving demolition orders that compel them to live in tents or mudbrick housing, without permission to link up to the water grid, while Shadmot Mehola settlers dwell in a fenced community, with two-storey homes, street lamps and playgrounds.[5]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Shadmot Mehola Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel: And Complete Gazetteer to All Sites in the Holy Land. State of Israel Ministry of Defence Publishing House. 1993. p. 417. ISBN 978-965-220-186-7. 
  5. ^ 'Palestinians in West Bank's Area C suffer in limbo,' Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2013