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Mevo Dothan (Hebrew: ?; lit. Dothan's approach) is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located in the northern Samarian hills, south of the Dothan Valley on road 585 east of Baqa al-Gharbiyye and adjacent to the Palestinian town of Ya'bad, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2018 it had a population of 403.
The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. Mevo Dothan is built on land belonging to Ya'bad.
Mevo Dothan was established in October 1977 by a group of religious Orthodox and non-religious Jewish Israelis who lived in tents adjacent to the police building of Sa-Nur, and was named for being on the way to the ancient town of Dothan (Gen 37:17). The group relocated to its hilltop location in June 1981 with the aid of the Amana settlement organization. The local Palestinian residents called the hilltop the 'Bald Mountain' (Jabl al-Akra) because of its barren state. One of the reasons for choosing this location was to settle state-owned lands in an area that had no Jewish population. Over the years, many of the religious families moved away.
In 2001, following the outbreak of the Second Intifada, and the degradation of the security level in the area, almost half the residents left the village. The heads of the village committee called for public assistance in repopulating the empty homes and in 2003, the 'Golan Yeshiva' decided to accept the challenge. Several families moved to the village, founded a kollel and rejuvenated the religious life in the village.
Two kilometers south of Mevo Dothan is the Alonei Arava Nature Reserve, named after the oak trees (alonim) that grow in the area and the nearby Palestinian village of Arrabeh. East of the nature reserve is Jabal al-Aqra' (326 m), and the nature reserve overlaps the hill's northwest range.
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