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Yitav is located in the Central West Bank
Coordinates: 31°56′50″N 35°25′23″E / 31.94722°N 35.42306°E / 31.94722; 35.42306Coordinates: 31°56′50″N 35°25′23″E / 31.94722°N 35.42306°E / 31.94722; 35.42306
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilBik'at HaYarden
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationKibbutz Movement
Founded byNahal

Yitav (Hebrew: יִיטַ"ב, an abbreviation of Yad Yitzhak Tabenkin) is an Israeli settlement and moshav shitufi in the southern Jordan Valley of the West Bank.[2] Located just north of Jericho and west of the Palestinian village of al-Auja, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2017 it had a population of 327.

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


According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated 499 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Al-Auja in order to construct Yitav.[4]

Niran was estabEstablished as a Nahal settlement in 1970, Yitav was recognised by the state in 1977, and began operating as a kibbutz.[2] It was named a memorial (Hebrew: yad‎) to Yitzhak Tabenkin, one of the leaders of the Israeli kibbutz movement.[citation needed] It subsequently reorganized into a moshav shitufi (though remaining within the Kibbutz Movement), whose members today are immigrants from the former Soviet Union (34 families).[citation needed]


Subtropical agriculture is the main economic activity in Yitav (dates, bananas, vegetables), although some members have outside jobs in the surrounding area or in Jerusalem.[citation needed]

Yitav Nature Reserve located 4 km west of Yitav covers the canyon of Nahal Yitav (Wadi al-Auja) with its springs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c http://www.jordanvalley.org.il/page_49303
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ Al 'Auja Town Profile p. 19, ARIJ

External links[edit]

  • Yitav on Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council site (in Hebrew).