Sa-Nur (Hebrew: שָׂא נוּר‎, lit. Flame Carrier) was an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank under the administrative jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council until 2005.[1] Prior to its demolition, Sa-Nur was home to 43 families.[2]

Sa-Nur, 1978

Unilateral disengagementEdit

In September 2005 its 105 residents were evicted and Israel Defense Forces soldiers began dismantling Sanur as part of Israeli disengagement from Gaza.[3] The demolition of Sa-Nur and Homesh marked the end of the central part of the disengagement plan.[4] The only remaining structure, a synagogue, was buried.[5]

Attempts to rebuildEdit

Since the demolition, religious Zionist groups have attempted to return to Sa-Nur, in order to rebuild the community. On 8 May 2008, following a permitted Independence Day rally in Homesh, a group of 150 set off at night for Sa-Nur, including many former residents.[2]

On 30 July 2015, marking the 10 year anniversary since the expulsion, 250 people, made up of 20 former families, attempted to settle Sa-Nur, before being forcibly evicted by the IDF.[6][7]

In late July 2015, 200 settlers, supported by Bayit Yehudi MKs Shuli Mualem and Bezalel Smotrich, revisited the area as part of a plan to challenge the Disengagement Plan which led to the settlement's dismantlement. [8]

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Coordinates: 32°20′13.6″N 35°12′6.72″E / 32.337111°N 35.2018667°E / 32.337111; 35.2018667