Amatzia, Israel

Amatzia (Hebrew: אֲמַצְיָה) is a moshav with both secular and religious Israelis, about 8 km southeast of Lakhish in south-central Israel. It belongs to the Lakhish Regional Council. It can be reached via Route 3556.

The community was founded in 1955. It is located on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Dawayima, the scene of the 1948 Al-Dawayima massacre

It is named for King Amaziah of Judah, who according to the Book of Kings was killed in the Lakhish region. In the past the community was a moshav shitufi but it has undergone a process of privatization and abandoned its communal nature.

In 2006, temporary housing was built in the area of the moshav to absorb evacuees from Katif who lived in Gush Katif but were evacuated under Israel's unilateral disengagement plan.

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