New master plan for Zufin colony in Qalqiliya Governorate

New master plan for Zufin colony in Qalqiliya Governorate


  • Violation: depositing new master plan for a colony
  • Location:  Jayyus village- Qalqiliya governorate
  • Date: January 25, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Higher Planning Council- Colonization Sub-Committee 
  • Victims:  residents of the area


The  Supreme Planning Council- Israel Civil Administration advertised on January 25, 2017the depositing of master plan number 7/149 for Zufin colony that is founded on confiscated lands from Jayyous town, east Qalqiliya governorate. The plan was featured on the webpage of Israel Ministry of Interior.

Same advertisement was featured on Al-Quds newspaper on January 27, 2017; it stated the change of use of agricultural lands into urban development areas to be annexed for Zufin colony.

According to the map attached to the plan, the expansion will be on a total area of 166 dunums from the village, more specifically  from the natural block number 3 of the location known as "Lashish", which is founded on lands isolated by the apartheid wall, west the aforementioned colony.

Objectives of the plan:

  1. Changing status of lands from agricultural to residential in addition to establishing new buildings, open areas and public areas.
  2. Determining use of lands in some areas
  3. Designing roads network
  4. Putting rules and regulations for constructions within the new plan
  5. Putting rules and regulations for the implementation of constructions


Photo 1: copy of the advertisement featured on the webpage of  Israel Ministry of Interior

Photo2: copy of the map of  Zufin colony master plan

Photos 3-6: copy of Zufin colony master plan

Photo 7: an aerial image illustrating the location of targeted lands by the plan


About Jayyous:

It is 12km away from Qalqiliya governorate and is of 13,054 dunums, of which 418 are considered the village's built-up area. Jayyous is inhabited by 2,894 people. Noteworthy, the apartheid wall looted around 8,347 dunums from Jayyous lands. After the wall is modified, it will isolate 5800 dunums from the village.

About Zufin :

It was established in 1990 on confiscated lands from Jayyous(869 dunums).  With  a total built-up area of 869 dunums, Zufin populates 1040 colonists.

UN Security Council resolutions in regard to Israeli colonies:

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;"

  • Un Security Council resolution 452, article 3"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, Strongly deplores the continuation and persistence of Israel in pursuing those policies and practices and calls upon the Government and people of Israel to rescind those measures, to dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem;

    Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories;

  • Un Security Council resolution  242, Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

    (i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
    (ii) 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;


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Settlement Expansion