Beit Aryeh-Ofarim

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Beit Aryeh
  • בֵּית אַרְיֵה-עֳפָרִים
  • بيت آريه
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Beit Aryeh is located in the West Bank
Beit Aryeh
Beit Aryeh
Coordinates: 32°2′7.79″N 35°3′13.68″E / 32.0354972°N 35.0538000°E / 32.0354972; 35.0538000Coordinates: 32°2′7.79″N 35°3′13.68″E / 32.0354972°N 35.0538000°E / 32.0354972; 35.0538000
Region West Bank
District Judea and Samaria Area
Founded 1981
Government
 • Type Local council (from 1989)
 • Head of Municipality Avi Naim
Area
 • Total 8,500 dunams (8.5 km2 or 3.3 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 4,842
Name meaning House of Aryeh - Fawns

Beit Aryeh-Ofarim (Hebrew: בֵּית אַרְיֵה-עֳפָרִים‎) is an Israeli settlement and local council in the northern West Bank. It is located 32 kilometers (20 mi) north of Jerusalem and 25 kilometers (16 mi) east of Tel Aviv near the Palestinian village al-Lubban al-Gharbi, 3.8 km kilometers east of the Green line. It is situated inside the Israeli West Bank barrier[2] on 8,500 dunams of land; in 2016 it had a population of 4,842.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3][4]

History[edit]

Established in 1981, Beit Aryeh was recognised as a local council in 1989; in 2004, it merged with Ofarim. Beit Aryeh was named for Aryeh Ben-Eliezer, a Lithuanian-born Revisionist Zionist leader who served as a Knesset member in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2011, the Israeli Ministry of Defense signed an agreement with the municipality of Beit Aryeh approving the construction of 100 homes and a bypass road between Beit Aryeh and Ofarim.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Beit Arye". Peace Now. 
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Israel announces plans for 1,400 new settlement homes". BBC. 10 January 2014. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this...Israel's housing ministry issued tenders for the construction of 801 housing units in West Bank settlements, including Efrat, Elkana and Emanuel, and 600 in Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem. 
  5. ^ "100 Homes and a Bypass Road Approved in Beit Arye". Peace Now. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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