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Ma'ale Efrayim (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה אֶפְרַיִם, eng. Ascent of Ephraim)[2] is a secular Israeli settlement and local council located along the eastern slopes of the Samarian mountains in the Jordan Valley, within the West Bank.[3] It was founded in 1978 and named after the Biblical tribe of Ephraim.[3] The settlement's municipal status was upgraded to local council in 1981.[3] In 2018 it had a population of 1,241.

Ma'ale Efraim

  • מַעֲלֵה אֶפְרַיִם
  • معلي افرايم
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Maˁle ʔepraym
 • Also spelledMa'ale Efraim, Maaleh Efraim (unofficial)
a view on Ma'ale Efraim from the west
a view on Ma'ale Efraim from the west
Ma'ale Efraim is located in the Central West Bank
Ma'ale Efraim
Ma'ale Efraim
Coordinates: 32°4′13.54″N 35°24′13.01″E / 32.0704278°N 35.4036139°E / 32.0704278; 35.4036139Coordinates: 32°4′13.54″N 35°24′13.01″E / 32.0704278°N 35.4036139°E / 32.0704278; 35.4036139
RegionWest Bank
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
Founded1978
Government
 • TypeLocal council (from 1981)
 • Head of MunicipalityShlomo Lalosh
Area
 • Total4,173 dunams (4.173 km2 or 1.611 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total1,241
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[4]

HistoryEdit

According to ARIJ, in 1970 Israel confiscated 1,464 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Al-Jiftlik in order to construct Ma'ale Efrayim.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.302, ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  3. ^ a b c מועצה מקומית מעלה אפרים (in Hebrew). 2014.
  4. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ Al Jiftlik Village Profile p. 17, ARIJ

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