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Kiryat Luza (Hebrew: קרית לוזה, Arabic: قرية لوزة‎) is a Samaritan village on Mount Gerizim near Nablus, West Bank under joint Israeli and Palestinian control.[1] It is the last wholly Samaritan village, half of their population living there.[2] The village houses the museum of the Samaritans. Kiryat Luza is adjacent to the Israeli settlement of Har Bracha. Until the 1980s, most of the Samaritans resided in Nablus below Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans relocated to Kiryat Luza as a result of violence during the First Intifada. Consequently, all that remains of the Samaritan community in Nablus itself is an abandoned synagogue. The Israel Defense Forces maintains a presence in the area.[3]

Kiryat Luza

  • قرية لوزة
  • קרית לוזה
Culture of The Samaritans on Mount Gerizim 03.jpg
Kiryat Luza is located in the Palestinian territories
Kiryat Luza
Kiryat Luza
Location of Kiryat Luza
Coordinates: 32°12′12″N 35°16′12″E / 32.203399°N 35.270081°E / 32.203399; 35.270081Coordinates: 32°12′12″N 35°16′12″E / 32.203399°N 35.270081°E / 32.203399; 35.270081


  1. ^ Barbati, Gabrielle (January 21, 2013). "Israeli Election Preview: The Samaritans, Caught Between Two Votes". International Business Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  2. ^ Louis J. Salome, Violence, veils, and bloodlines: reporting from war zones, McFarland, , 2010 p.76.
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