Israeli building schemes to expand the Karni Shomron Industrial area

Israeli building schemes to expand the Karni Shomron Industrial area


  • Violation:  two building schemes for a colony
  • Location:  villages south Qalqiliya city
  • Date: August 02+28, 20146
  • Perpetrators:  Israeli High Planning Council- co-called Israeli Civil Administration
  • Victims:  residents of villages


On the 25th of August 2016, the Israeli High Planning Council in the co-called Israeli Civil Administration published the building scheme No. 117/17, in the Al Quds Daily Newspaper, for the public review. According to the aforementioned scheme published in Al Quds Newspaper, the Israeli Land Authority (ILA) will change the status of the land in the  following location for the expansion of Karni Shomron industrial area:

  • plot No. 4 part of  Hareq Durs and Al Dhohor areas
  • plot No. 1 part of Ar Rassif area in Kafr Laqif village, east of Qalqiliyah city
  • plot No. 11 part of Adh Dhahir area in Hajja village, east of Qalqiliyah city,


photo 1: copy of the advertisement in Al-Quds newspaper on August 25, 2016


It should be also marked that the military administration declared on August 02, 2016 an advertisement about the master plan no. 1/115  issued by Supreme Planning Council, which includes seizure of some lands.

According to the advertisement, the target lands are located in the natural block no. 2; more specifically in the locations of Imar Abu Khawala, Khallet AL-Ghilan, Wunet Al-Qa'deh and  Wad Al-Linawi.

It is reported that the plan intends to transform a massive agricultural area into a residential one for the sake of attracting more colonists to the area. Also, the plan will reinforce the infrastructure of the colony though adding new governmental buildings, parks and recreational areas.

Objectives of the plan:

  • Change the status of some lands from agricultural to residential, roads and open areas
  • Change the status of some lands from public facilities to roads and commercial areas
  • Setting up rules and regulations of construction within the project



Photo 2: copy of the advertisement in Al-Quds newspaper on August 02, 2016


photo 3: copy of the building scheme no. 14/115


photo 4: an aerial image illustrating the targeted lands by the scheme


About Azzun Attma:

Located 8km to Qalqiliya city with a total area of 9,472 dunums, of which 1,054 dunums are the village’s built-up area, Azzun is inhabited by 7,821 people (2007). The occupation confiscated vast area from the village for the favor of colonization and the apartheid wall; the areas are detailed as follows:

  • 276 dunums were confiscated for Maale Shamron colony that was established in 1980.
  • 417 dunums were confiscated for the bypass road number 55

It should be marked that the vast majority of Azzun lands (6,927 dunums) is classified as area “C” according to Oslo accords; areas that are controlled by the Israeli occupation. The village has zero percentage of area “A” that is under the control of Palestinian Authority. As for other classifications, the village has 2,546 dunums classified as area “B”. (Geographical Information System- Land Research Center)                       

Establishing new Israeli colonies is a direct violation of the following international laws and conventions :

  • UN Security Council resolution 446, article 3" Calls once more upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories;"

"Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center




Categories: Settlement Expansion