|Etymology: Named for Amaziah of Judah|
|Coordinates: 31°31′57″N 34°54′49″E / 31.53250°N 34.91361°E / 31.53250; 34.91361Coordinates: 31°31′57″N 34°54′49″E / 31.53250°N 34.91361°E / 31.53250; 34.91361|
|Affiliation||Mishkei Herut Beitar|
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.
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.
It was named for King Amaziah of Judah, who, according to the Book of Kings, was killed in the Lakhish region. In the past the community was a moshav shitufi but it has undergone a process of privatization and abandoned its collective nature.
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.
- ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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
- Amatzia in Lakhish Regional Council web site (in Hebrew).
- Map of Amatzia (in Hebrew).
- Aerial photograph of Amatzia.