Ma’ale Adumim in the West Bank

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Ma’ale Adumim is an urban Israeli settlement organized as a city council in the West Bank of Palestine, seven kilometers (4.3 miles) east of Jerusalem. Ma’ale Adumim achieved city status in 1991. In 2015, its population was 37,555. It is located along Highway 1, which connects it to Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law.

The city is surrounded on four sides by the Judean Desert. Due to its strategic location between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank, Palestinians see this as a threat to the territorial continuity of the State of Palestine. This claim is disputed by mayor Benny Kashriel, who claims that continuity would be attained by circling Ma’ale Adumim to the east. Israeli drivers use a bypass road that exits the city to the west, entering Jerusalem through the French Hill Junction or a tunnel that goes under Mt. Scopus. These routes were built in the wake of the First and Second Intifadas when Palestinian militants shot at motorists and cars were stoned. The previous road passed through al-Eizariya and Abu Dis.

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Many residents of Ma’ale Adumim are employed in Jerusalem. Others work in Mishor Adumim, Ma’ale Adumim’s industrial park, which is located on the road to the Dead Sea, about ten minutes from Jerusalem. The industrial zone houses 220 businesses, among them textile plants, garages, food manufacturers, aluminum and metalworking factories, and printing companies.

In 2004, over 70 percent of the residents were secular. According to the municipal spokesman, the overwhelming majority moved to the city not for ideological reasons but for lower-cost housing and higher living standards. In 2004, 48 percent of residents were under the age of 18. Ma’aleh Adumim’s unemployment rate was 2.1 percent, far below the national average in Israel.

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