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Kiryat Arba or Qiryat Arba, lit. "Town of the Four," is an urban Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron, in the Judean Mountains region of the West Bank. Founded in 1968, in it had a population of.The international community considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. According to a classified 1970 document “The method for establishing Kiryat Arba" released in 2016, the establishment of Kiryat Arba used a system of annexing land to a military base for the purpose of civilian settlement, the first time this happened in the West Bank according to Shlomo Gazit.EtymologyKiryat Arba is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Abraham buried Sarah. The Book of Joshua chapter 14 verse 15 says : "Now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-Arba; the great man among the Anakim..." There are various explanations for the name, not mutually exclusive. According to the Biblical commentator Rashi, Kiryat Arba means either the town of Arba, the giant who had three sons, or the town of the four giants: Anak and his three sons – Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai – who are described as being the sons of a "giant" in : "On the way through the Negev, they came to Hebron where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmi, descendants of the Giant ..." Some say that Anak is a proper name, and that he, Anak, may have been the father of the three others mentioned in the Book of Numbers as living in Hebron, previously known as "Kiryat Arba."When using our Palestinian Territories tour planning app, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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