Intensifying Israeli violations against the land and people of Bruqin village

Intensifying Israeli violations against the land and people of Bruqin village

The village of Bruqin is located 13 kilometers to the west of the city of Salfit. It is considered to be one of the villages that depend mainly on agriculture to meet its basic needs. The population of the village is estimated to be 3,500. Around 70% of the families depend on farming and agriculture as the main source of income while the remaining 30% work in the private and public sectors. The unemployment in the village reached about 61%. See Map 1


Map 1


The total surface area of the village is about 13237 dunums of which 1336 dunums are the build-up area. Around 1,200 dunums are planted with fruitful trees especially olives. That is in addition to 3,000 dunums of land used for shepherding while 8,000 dunums are used for settlement purposes (including settlements and by-pass roads).  


A Series of Israeli Violations in the Village:

The village has faced a series of Israeli violations since its occupation back in 1967. Some of these violations include:

  • During the 1970s Israeli authorities confiscated a large portion of the lands of the village in its northeastern direction. Upon this confiscated land Israeli authorities established the settlement of Ariel in 1978 which is considered to be one of the West Bankâ��s largest settlements especially that it rests upon hundreds of dunums confiscated from the villages and towns of Salfitt, Iskaka, Kafl Haris and Bruqin in the governorate of Salfit (built up area 2479 dunum; municipal area 13775 dunums; population in 2004 was 16 414 settlers).

The danger faced by the residents of Bruqin is the continuous expansion of the settlement at the expense of the lands of the village as Israeli occupation authorities established in 1999 a group of factories to manufacture plastic items on the lands of the village. The factories (located east of the village and west of the settlement) were called the Ariel Factory Group and are expandable and evolving at the expense of lands of the village. Such expansion threatens to shut down completely the eastern entrance of the village in case the expansion of the factories takes place in the future. See Photo 1


(Photo 1: a group of Israeli factories near Ariel)


  • The establishment of the Israeli Expansion and Annexation Wall around the settlement of Ariel on the lands of Bruqin and a number of other villages in the region has had an adversely negative effect on the people of Bruqin. Such an effect was produced through the expropriation of lands, the isolation of hundreds of dunums behind the Wall, in addition to the establishment of water canals beneath the Wall which led to the submerge of the agricultural lands behind the Wall with polluted water last winter. The reason was the fact that litter, dust and stones were collected around those canals which led to its obstruction and the hindering of water flow through it. What adds insult to injury is the fact that the settlers from the settlement of Ariel pumped sewage water towards the agricultural lands of the village which led to the destruction of the crops as well as the pollution of 3 water springs. These springs provides the village of Bruqin with 70% of the necessary water supply needed for drinking and watering the plants and crops. The springs include Al Matwi, Al Barkoni and Ein Al Baten which are all located in the eastern side of the village. See Photo 2

(Photo 2: Ariel sewage running in Palestinian land)


  • The settlement of Al Barkan ( Barqan). The settlement was established in 1981 north of the village. In 2004, it had the population of 1215 settlers. Its built up area is 349 dunums while its municipal area is 2720 dunums.  It is an industrial settlement as it contains a number of chemical, plastic and oil factories which negatively affected Palestinian lands as most of the waste coming from these factories are dumped into these lands. Liquid waste usually finds its way between Palestinian houses especially in Al Barkooni Valley where the stream of liquid pollutants runs only 8 meters away from Palestinian houses. These liquid poisons have caused a large number of health problems in the village most important of which is cancer as there exist 4 cases of cancer in the village due to soil and crop pollution with industrial wastes from the factories. Mr. Sief Al Dien Ahmad Aâ��amer is one of those affected by cancer. In addition, there are a number of cases of infectious skin disease due to the large concentration of mosquitoes in the vicinity of the factories and in places where its waste is dumped. Also, there have been a number of documented cases of an infectious disease that causes problems in the blood. Finally, the poison streams have led to the death and spoilage of trees and crops located in its immediate vicinity.


Photo 3 & 4: Two other Israeli factories near Barak settlement)

  • The release of a large group of wild pigs into the lands of Palestinian residents of the village of Bruqin and the nearby villages has caused a number of problems. Such problems include the spoilage of the crops of tens of agricultural dunums in addition to spreading the feelings of fear and horror amongst Palestinians due to the fact that these pigs usually attack humans violently. See Photo 5


(Photo 5: The bodies of two dead wild pigs in Bruqin's land )


  • In the year 2000 Israeli occupation authorities established a freeway on the lands of the village with a width of 100 meters that connects between the settlements of Ariel with Ras Al Ein ( Rosh Haiyen) location inside the Green Line. This has led to the confiscation of hundreds of dunums, not including the buffer zone which is 150 meters on both sides of the freeway along its total span. No Palestinian is allowed into the buffer zone for any reason whatsoever.

Complaint, Yet to No avail

Bruqinâ��s village council submitted an official complaint to the Palestinian District Liaison Office (DCO) protesting the Israeli violations in the region. Yet, as it is always the case, Israeli occupation authorities slack in taking decisions and, in fact, they deliberately donâ��t take any decisions that benefit the Palestinians. Violations are continuing without a stop against the villagesâ�� lands and population with no end in sight.             



Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Confiscation