Amatzia, Israel

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A house in Amatzia built in the 1950s
A house in Amatzia built in the 1950s
Etymology: Named for Amaziah of Judah
Amatzia is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Amatzia is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°31′57″N 34°54′49″E / 31.53250°N 34.91361°E / 31.53250; 34.91361
Country Israel
AffiliationMishkei Herut Beitar
Caravan village near Amatzia where evacuees of Katif have been living since 2005. The permanent settlement will be located nearby.

Amatzia (Hebrew: אֲמַצְיָה) is a moshav in south-central Israel. Located around 8 km southeast of Lakhish, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lakhish Regional Council. The population is a mix of religious and secular Israelis, and was 219 in 2021.[1]


The moshav was founded in 1955, and is located on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Dawayima, the scene of the 1948 Al-Dawayima massacre.[2]

It was named for King Amaziah of Judah, who, according to the Book of Kings, was killed in the Lakhish region.[3] In the past the community was a moshav shitufi but it has undergone a process of privatization and abandoned its collective nature.[citation needed]

In 2006, temporary housing was built in the area of the moshav to absorb evacuees from Katif who lived in Gush Katif until they were evacuated under Israel's unilateral disengagement plan.


  1. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 215. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p. 76, ISBN 965-220-186-3

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