Israel deposits new master plan for Talmon colony

Israel deposits new master plan for Talmon colony


  • Violation: advertising new master plan for Talmon
  • Location:   Ras Karkar and AL-Mazra'a Al-Qibliya villages
  • Date: January 27, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Higher Planning Council- Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  farmers of the villages


 The so-called Higher Planning Committee- Israel Civil Administration deposited a new master plan no. 235/11/1 for Talmon colony. The advertisement was featured  in Al-Quds newspaper the on January 27, 2017.

According to the advertisement, the plan includes the transformation of massive areas of agricultural lands  into residential development areas and sport halls. Noteworthy, the targeted lands are founded in the villages of Ras Karkar, Al-Mazra'a Al-Qibliya villages.

The targeted lands were declared as follows:

  • Natural block number 1; parts of the locations of Ras Al-Mughur and Wad Al-Bir from Ras Karkar village
  • Natural block number 5; parts of the locations of Kurnet Al-Sheikh Issa from Al-Mazra'a Al-Qibliya village

The bloc of Talmon colonies was established on 300 dunums from Al-Sawyyeh village in 1989. Five hundred meters from there, Israeli Occupation authorities established a new colony in 1991 under the name of Talmon B. in 1992, a third colony was established 200 meters from Talmon B on some lands confiscated since 1980;  the new colony was named Talmon C. eventually, the three colonies were linked with a bypass road to facilitate colonists' movement and create a colonies bloc in the area.

Photo 1: Talmon colony

Photos 2-7: the new master plan

Photo 8: the advertisement featured in AL-Quds newspaper


Objectives of the plan:

  • Changing the use of lands from agricultural public facilities and buildings, open areas, roads and sport halls
  • Specifying the route of the roads networks
  • Specifying the instructions and limits of construction within the plan
  • Specifying the conditions of the construction phases within the plan

Land Research Center sees Israel continuous expansion on colonies in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinian 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