Beit Shikma

Beit Shikma
בית שיקמה
بيت شيكما
בית הכנסת במושב בית שקמה.JPG
Beit Shikma is located in Ashkelon region of Israel
Beit Shikma
Beit Shikma
Beit Shikma is located in Israel
Beit Shikma
Beit Shikma
Coordinates: 31°38′12″N 34°36′26″E / 31.63667°N 34.60722°E / 31.63667; 34.60722Coordinates: 31°38′12″N 34°36′26″E / 31.63667°N 34.60722°E / 31.63667; 34.60722
Country Israel
DistrictSouthern
CouncilHof Ashkelon
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded1950
Founded byLibyan and Moroccan Jews
Population
 (2019)[1]
863

Beit Shikma (Hebrew: בֵּית שִׁקְמָה, lit. House of Sycamore) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located near Ashkelon, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 863.[1]

History

The moshav was founded in 1950 by Jewish immigrants and refugees from Libya and Morocco. Built on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian Arab village of al-Jiyya,[2] it was named after the large sycamore fig trees in the area.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 114. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
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