New master plan for Kfar Tapuah colony at the expense of Salfit governorate lands

New master plan for Kfar Tapuah colony at the expense of Salfit governorate lands


  • Violation:  new master plan for a colony
  • Location: Yasuf village- Salfit
  • Date:  August 25, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  number of Yasuf farmers


Al-Quds newspaper featured on August 25, 2016 an advertisement for the Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration that mentioned the depositing of  the master plan no. 5/131 for Kfar Tapuah colony. According to the plan signed by the head of the Colonization Sub-Committee, Natalia Aburbukh,  the targeted lands are located within the natural block no. 12; more specifically the location of Jabal Abu Srour. It should be marked that the targeted lands are founded to the west of Kfar Tapuah colony. The area is unused since long time ago due to colonists attacks on farmers in the area.

Objectives of the plan:

  • Changing the use of target lands from " residential area A" to "residential area A1"
  • Determining rules and regulation of construction within the plan
  • Determining conditions for the construction licenses


Photo 1 : the advertisement featured in Al-Quds newspaper -page 20 on August 15, 2016


Photo 2:  the master plan no. 5/131


Photo 3: an aerial image of the targeted lands


Photo 4: Kfar Tapuah colony



It is 16km south of Nablus. Yasuf is surrounded by Huwara and Jamma'in (north), Marda (west), Yatma (east), and Iskaka (south). Yasuf is inhabited by 2090 people (according to 2013 projections). It has a total area of 6037 dunums, 330 of which are built-up area of the village. The Israeli occupation confiscated 814 dunums for these two colonies: Kfar Tapuah colony which was built on Yasuf lands in 1978. The colony is inhabited by 523 colonists and Rachelim- Shvut that was built in 1991 and devoured 10 dunums. Besides, the bypass road number 508 confiscated more than 155 dunums of the village lands.

According to Oslo Accords, only 1427 dunums of Yasuf lands are under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security) while most of Yasuf is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). About of 4609 dunums of Yasuf is in area C.

About Kfar Tapuah:

It was established on lands of Yasuf village. The colony overlooks Za'tara intersection that separates the northern part of the West Bank from its southern one. The inhabitants of this colon y are fanatic Jews who follow Maer Kahana that was killed in the USA. Kahana called upon expelling Arab Palestinians out of Palestine.

Kfar Tapuah totals 233 dunums and includes a camp for the military. It was established in 1982.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlement Expansion