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 (sə-măr′ē-ə, -mâr′-)
An ancient city of central Palestine in the northern part of the present-day West Bank. It was founded in the ninth century bc as the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, also known as Samaria. Conquered by Sargon II in 722 bc, it was destroyed in the second century and rebuilt by Herod the Great. According to tradition, Saint John the Baptist is buried here.


1. (Placename) the region of ancient Palestine that extended from Judaea to Galilee and from the Mediterranean to the River Jordan; the N kingdom of Israel
2. (Placename) the capital of this kingdom; constructed northwest of Shechem in the 9th century bc


(səˈmɛər i ə)

1. a district in ancient Palestine N of Judea: later part of the Roman province of Syria; taken by Jordan 1948; occupied by Israel 1967.
2. the northern kingdom of the ancient Hebrews.
3. the ancient capital of this kingdom.
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Noun1.Samaria - an ancient city in central Palestine founded in the 9th century BC as the capital of the northern Hebrew kingdom of Israel; the site is in present-day northwestern Jordan
Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land, Palestine - an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
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Those councils are: The Southern Hebron Hills Regional Council, which runs a number of settlements in the south of the West Bank, the Gush Etzion Regional Council and the settlement bloc north of Hebron and to the south of the central area of the West Bank, the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, (Shomron) that manages northern West Bank, along with 2 regional councils that are Migilot, which runs the south-eastern part of the Dead Sea, and Erfut Herdin that runs the area of the Ghor.
According to local sources, a citizen called Hasan Burhom died after he was hit intentionally by a settler's car on a road near the village, particularly at the junction of the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron, Palinfo reported.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told WAFA that Israeli settlers hurled stones at vehicles with Palestinian license plates near Hawwara checkpoint, along Ramallah-Nablus Road, and near the Shavi Shomron settlement, northwest of Nablus.
The newly revealed records, which include interviews with Arens and with then-IDF chief-of-staff Dan Shomron, also appear to reveal that, behind Arens' back, Shomron opposed the counterattack when discussing it with prime minister Yitzhak Shamir.
Paul Randles, 38, of Oakhill Drive, Lydiate, is alleged to have assaulted Inrina Shomron and appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link from HMP Liverpool.
Reflections on the passing of Rabbi Shaar-Yashuv HaKohen zt"l: The Rabbi who heard the real reason Arik Sharon retreated from Gaza and expelled the Jewish communities from Katif and Northern Shomron.
Israel's unusual geography gives the country five distinct wine-producing regions: the Galilee, Shomron, Shimshon (also known as Samson), Jerusalem Mountains (also known as Judean Hills) and the Negev.
Israel has confiscated12% of the total town area (4,071 dunums) for the establishment of six Israeli settlements; Emmanuel, Karne Shomron, Ginnot Shomeronm, Yakir, Nofim , Revava, and Ma'ale Shomron.
The Israeli "Peace Now Movement" said in a statement on Tuesday that the government approved construction of 250 housing units in Ofer and 22 others in Karnei Shomron in the West Bank.
In a statement released Tuesday, the movement said that the construction of 250 homes at Ofra and 22 at Karnei Shomron was approved Sunday by the Israeli military administration in charge of the settlements.
He said he saw residents of the nearby settlement Shavei Shomron driving near the farm earlier this week and later found the trees damaged.