Bitkha

Bitkha
בטחה
بتحا
Village synagogue
Village synagogue
Bitkha is located in Northwest Negev region of Israel
Bitkha
Bitkha
Coordinates: 31°20′4″N 34°37′57″E / 31.33444°N 34.63250°E / 31.33444; 34.63250Coordinates: 31°20′4″N 34°37′57″E / 31.33444°N 34.63250°E / 31.33444; 34.63250
CountryIsrael
DistrictSouthern
CouncilMerhavim
AffiliationMoshavim Movement
Founded1950
Founded byYemenite Jews
Population
 (2019)[1]
777

Bitkha (Hebrew: בִּטְחָה) is a moshav in southern Israel. Located in the north-western Negev near Ofakim, it falls under the jurisdiction of Merhavim Regional Council. In 2019 it had a population of 777.[1]

History

Moshav Bitkha was established in 1950 as a ma'abara named Hakam Ha-107 (lit. The 107th Kilometer) after the milestone on the Beersheba-Gaza road which showed it to be 107 kilometers to Jerusalem. It was later converted to a moshav by immigrants from Yemen and was renamed Bitha, taken[2] from the Book of Isaiah 30:15;

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: in sitting still and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and ye would not.

References

  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p. 123, ISBN 965-220-186-3
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