Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ever Heard of Aruma?

Aruma is an historical site in Samaria, south-east of Itamar. A fortress of Avimelech ben Gideon and upon its ruins the Hasmoneans and Herod rebuilt for themselves a fortress. Six cisterns of 5,000 cube meters.

Judges 9:41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah; and Zebul drove out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.

In this map, it is located almost in the middle of the map, east of Beita El-Fukka (Upper Beita):

Some friends of mine walked through the area to Aruma and saw, on the way:

However, the IDF decided to "close the area"

and the hike came to a fairly abrupt end, including detention for a short period of some of the participants.

If you read Hebrew, here is a detailed explanation from a previous hike.

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