A new master plan for Ma’on colony at the expense of Palestinian lands

A new master plan for Ma’on colony at the expense of Palestinian lands


  • Violation: new master plan for colony
  • Location:  Yatta town- Hebron
  • Date:  June 16, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Planning Higher Council\ Colonization Sub-Committee- Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  residents of  Saadet Al-Tha'lah 


High Planning Council\ Colonization Sub-Committee- Israel Civil Administration featured on June 16, 2016an advertisement in AL- Quds newspaper stating the deposit of  master plan no. 1/1/508 for Ma'on colony. The plan included change in use of some lands from agricultural to public institution and establishments and roads.

According to the plan signed by the head of Colonization Sub-Committee, Natalia Aburbukh, the targeted lands are founded within the natural block no.2; more specifically from the location of Saadet Al-Tha'lah in Yatta town in Hebron governorate.

Objectives of the plan:

  1. Change the use of some lands from open areas to commercial areas and public institution. This will be done on 5 dunums.
  2. Opening new road. This will be done on 1.2 dunums.
  3. Canceling (removal of ) an existing road on a 2.1 dunum area.
  4. Determining the rules and regulation of construction within the new plan.

It should be marked that the target area (8.53 dunums) are founded within the periphery of the colony.(source: geographical information system GIS – LRC)

Photo 1 : the advertisement featured in Al-Quds newspaper -page 21 on June 16, 2016



Photo 2-5:  the master plan no. 1/1/508

Photo 6: an aerial image of the target area

It should be also marked that depositing master plans every now and then is an Israeli means to create a de facto impossible to change and to serve colonies by making them regional council of settlements, which later become big colonial cities in the heart of the West Bank.

About Ma'on:

It was established by Gosh Amonim organization in 1981 on confiscated lands from Al-Tawani village and Saadet Al-Tha'lah hamlet. The colony holds the master plan no/ 508 and is of 385 dunums in area.


 Photos 7-8: Ma'on colony


Land Research Center sees Israel continuous expansion on colonies in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinians and lands a flagrant violation of Human Rights and all international laws and conventions, which prohibit disposition of public properties in occupied countries.

UN Resolutions

UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967: calls for

  • the Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
  • Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." [4]

UN Security Council Resolution 449 of 1979: the Security Council determined:

  • "that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East"

UN Security Council Resolution 452 of 1979: states that

  • "the policy of Israel in establishing settlements in the occupied Arab territories has no legal validity and constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949"  and "calls upon the Government and people of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem."

UN Security Council Resolution 465 of 1980:

  • It expressed concern at Israeli settlement policy in the Arab territories and recalled resolutions 237 (1967), 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 271(1969) and 298 (1971). It further called upon the State and people of Israel to dismantle such settlements. The resolution calls on all states ‘not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in the occupied territories’.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlement Expansion