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Afik (Hebrew: אֲפִיק) is a kibbutz and the first Israeli settlement established in the Golan Heights after the Six Day War. Affiliated with Ihud HaKvutzot VeHaKibbutzim, it was established near the site of the abandoned Syrian village named Fiq on 8 May 1972. It falls under the municipal jurisdiction of the Golan Regional Council, and the Fik Airfield is located nearby.
During a 1995 discussion regarding possible negotiations with Syria that might lead to the kibbutz's land being ceded to Syria, Dennis van Meter, who grows avocados at the kibbutz, said:
"I'm afraid that we're going to get a piece of paper, and they're going to get my home, and I'm going to have to come back here with my son to fight."
There are multiple locations called Aphek in the Bible and the location of the kibbutz is believed to be adjacent to the ruins of the ancient Aphek mentioned in the Book of Kings(1 Kings 20:26) which tells how King Ahab of Israel defeated Ben-Hadad I of Damascus  and the prophet Elisha foretold that King Jehoash of Israel would defeat Ben-Hadad III of Damascus.
- ↑ Encyclopaedia Judaica: events of 1972-1981, p. 357, Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1982, accessed December 21, 2009
- ↑ The colonization of the West Bank territories by Israel: hearings before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, October 17 and 18, 1977, United States Congress, Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1978, accessed December 21, 2009
- ↑ "אפיק". Golan Residence Association. http://www.golan.org.il/555/439.htm. Retrieved 30 December 2009. (Hebrew)
- ↑ "Golan people uneasy; wait for decision on disputed land," The Boca Raton News, June 5, 1995, accessed December 20, 2009
- ↑ 1 Kings 20, accessed December 21, 2009
- ↑ "The Golan Heights: Geography, Geology and History". Jewish Virtual Library. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/golan1.html. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- ↑ Pinchas Neman (1966). "אפק". אנציקלופדיה גיאוגרפית מקראית (Biblical Geographic Encyclopedia). Yavne Publishing. http://www.daat.ac.il/encyclopedia/value.asp?id1=3558. Retrieved 30 December 2009. (Hebrew)