Beersheba

(redirected from Be'er Sheva)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to Be'er Sheva: Beer-sheba

Beersheba

(bērshē`bə, bēr`shēbə) [Heb.,=seven wells or well of the oath], city (1994 pop. 147,900), S Israel, principal city of the Negev Desert. It is the trade center for surrounding settlements and for BedouinsBedouin
[Arab.,=desert dwellers], primarily nomad Arab peoples of the Middle East, where they form about 10% of the population. They are of the same Semitic stock as their sedentary neighbors (the fellahin; see Arabs) and share with them a devout belief in Islam and a distrust
..... Click the link for more information.
, who hold a weekly market in Beersheba. Construction is the city's main industry. Manufactures include chemicals, textiles, ceramics, glass, diamond cutting, plastics, and food products. Beersheba is an important rail and road hub for S Israel. The city was one of the southernmost towns of ancient Palestine; hence the expression "from Dan to Beersheba," meaning the whole of Palestine. It is especially connected, in the Bible, with Abraham, Hagar, Isaac, Jacob, and Elijah. A well believed to have been dug by Abraham when he made his covenant with Abimelech is in the city. Beersheba flourished during the late Roman and Byzantine eras but was deserted soon thereafter. It was merely a group of wells for Bedouin flocks when the Ottoman Turks reestablished it c.1900 as an administrative center for Negev tribes. Beersheba was the first city taken by the British in the Palestine campaign (1917) of World War I. Under the British mandate (1922–48) it was a city (Bir-es-Seba) inhabited by about 4,000 Muslim Arabs. Given to the Arabs in the partition of Palestine (1948), it was retaken by Israel in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. Its population and economy have grown considerably since 1989 as a result of immigration from Russia and other countries that formerly constituted the USSR. Beersheba is the seat of the Arid Zone Research Institute and the Ben-Gurion Univ. Remnants of a fortress and shards of the Bronze Age have been found nearby at Tell el-Sheba, the most ancient site of Beersheba.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

Beersheba

a town in S Israel: commercial centre of the Negev. In biblical times it marked the southern limit of Palestine. Pop.: 183 000 (2003 est.)
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Miri Tamano woke up her three children and pulled them into a safe room just seconds before a Grad rocket fell through the roof of her Be'er Sheva home and landed in one of the second-story bedrooms.
"We respect Be'er Sheva and their qualities but the prize is with us and it is only for us to lose.
The Be'er Sheva hospital has many Bedouin births in addition to those of Jewish mothers, bringing the annual total of about 17,000.
The air strike was in retaliation for the Be'er Sheva bombing, "an expression of the IDF's intelligence and operational capabilities, which will expand and intensify as necessary," the military said.
Be'er Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich told residents via Facebook that police had lifted the terrorist alert after the arrest.
The Be'er Sheva District Court judge said that he had not rejected the footage as evidence, but rather had opted to delay discussions on its content until both the prosecution and defense teams had fully formulated their cases, which had yet to be completed due to legal technicalities.
"Our Be'er Sheva center is contributing cutting-edge technologies to IBM's security division, including detection of insider threats, cyber protection for automotives, identity analytics via behavioral biometrics and more," Cyber Security Center of Excellence Director Dr.
MDA first responders provided first aid on the scene, then evacuated the boy to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva. Authorities say the child was stabbed five times, and is in moderate condition at Soroka's intensive care ward.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was joined by his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy in Be'er Sheva, where the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) defeated Ottoman troops to gain control of a strategic crossroads.
A couple divorced ten months ago in accordance with Jewish law at the regional rabbinical court in Be'er Sheva. At the end of the divorce hearing, as with any divorce, the rabbinical judges determined that the woman was permitted to any man after 90 days.
Celtic have agreed a fee with Hapoel Be'er Sheva for defender Hatem Abd Elhamed.
Since first arriving in Israel in 1969, the African Hebrews had lived in overcrowded apartment blocks elsewhere in Dimona, where refrigerators weren't widely available until the mid-'70s, cold tap water was a rarity, and calls to America had to be placed from Be'er Sheva, a 20-mile nonair conditioned bus ride away.