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Har Gilo
Hebrew הר גילה, הַר גִּלֹה
Name meaning Mount Gilo
Founded 1968
Council Gush Etzion
Region Judean hills
Coordinates 31°43′19.41″N 35°10′17.36″E / 31.7220583°N 35.1714889°E / 31.7220583; 35.1714889Coordinates: 31°43′19.41″N 35°10′17.36″E / 31.7220583°N 35.1714889°E / 31.7220583; 35.1714889

Har Gilo (Hebrew: הַר גִּלֹה‎, lit. Mount Gilo) is an Israeli settlement and communal village located about five kilometers south of Jerusalem, and two kilometers west of Bethlehem in the northern Judean hills of the West Bank.


Due to Har Gilo's strategic location, Turkish, British and Jordanian armies all had bases there. An Israel Defense Force base was established after the Six-Day War in June 1967.[1] The civilian settlement of Har Gilo was established on Hanukkah 1968.[2] It is considered part of Gush Etzion. In 2007, Har Gilo had a population of 462.[3]According to Peace Now, Har Gilo breaks the territorial contiguity of a Palestinian state and its close proximity to Al Walaja and Beit Jala will make it difficult to include within Israel's final boundaries. Har Gilo residents point out that the settlement is within the Israeli West Bank barrier, which lies just outside the settlement.[4]


Har Gilo is located between the Palestinian villages of Al Walaja and Beit Jala, adjacent to the peak of Mount Gilo.[5] The Har Gilo Field School is located at the peak at 923 meters, with a panoramic view of the entire region: to the south lies Mount Hebron, Herodium, and Halhul. To the east lies the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea, and the Moab mountains of Jordan. To the north lies Jerusalem, the Tomb of the Prophet Samuel, and the mountains of Samaria. Visible to the west are the Jerusalem Forest, the Judean Lowland, the Tel Aviv area, and the Mediterranean Sea.


Archaeological excavations in 1998 revealed the remains of two buildings and a rock-cut winepress, both dating back to the Iron age III (586-539 BCE). Additional pottery shards were indicative of activity at the site from the early Islamic period.[6]


  1. Har Gilo's surprised settlers
  2. Gush Etzion news
  3. Peace Now
  4. Har Gilo's surprised settlers
  5. Christian Peace Maker Team Har Gilo - Getting in the Way by Reinhard Kober
  6. Hadashot Arkheologyot Journal 116 Har Gillo (West) by Yuval Peleg and Yaron Feller A salvage excavation was conducted in May 1998 west of Har Gillo (L-802*; map ref. NIG 21575/62575; OIG 16575/12575), prior to the settlement’s expansion. The excavation, on behalf of the Archaeological Staff Officer of Judea and Samaria, was directed by Y. Peleg, assisted by Y. Feller and A. Al-‘Aza, M. Kahan and P. Portnov (surveying and drafting) and S. Ammami (photography).
cs:Har Giloid:Har Gilopt:Har Guiló

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