Kiryat Sefer

Synonyms:
Kiriath sepher,Kiriath-sepher
Kiryat Sefer (Wikipedia)

Modi'in Illit

  • מוֹדִיעִין עִלִּית
  • موديعين عيليت
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Official logo of Modi'in Illit
Modi'in Illit is located in the West Bank
Modi'in Illit
Modi'in Illit
Coordinates: 31°55′50″N 35°2′30″E / 31.93056°N 35.04167°E / 31.93056; 35.04167Coordinates: 31°55′50″N 35°2′30″E / 31.93056°N 35.04167°E / 31.93056; 35.04167
RegionWest Bank
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
Founded1994
Government
 • TypeCity (from 2008)
 • MayorYaakov Gutterman
Area
 • Total4,746 dunams (4.746 km2 or 1.832 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total70,081
 • Density15,000/km2 (38,000/sq mi)
Name meaningUpper Modi'in

Modi'in Illit (Hebrew: מוֹדִיעִין עִלִּית; Arabic: موديعين عيليت‎, lit. "Upper Modi'in") is a Haredi Israeli settlement and city in the West Bank, situated midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Modi'in Illit was granted city status by the Israeli government in 2008. It is located six kilometres (3.7 miles) northeast of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut and is often referred to as Kiryat Sefer (lit. "Book Town"), the name of its first neighborhood, established in 1994. It was built on the land of five Palestinian villages: Ni'lin, Kharbata, Saffa, Bil'in and Dir Qadis. Modi'in Illit encompasses the neighborhoods of Kiryat Sefer and Achuzat Brachfeld (Brachfeld Estates). In 2017 it had a total population of 70,081, making it the largest Jewish settlement in the area.

The international community considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.

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