Azzun Atma

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'Azzun 'Atma
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Azzun Atma
Azzun Atma
'Azzun 'Atma is located in the Palestinian territories
'Azzun 'Atma
'Azzun 'Atma
Location of 'Azzun 'Atma within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°07′23″N 35°00′58″E / 32.12306°N 35.01611°E / 32.12306; 35.01611Coordinates: 32°07′23″N 35°00′58″E / 32.12306°N 35.01611°E / 32.12306; 35.01611
Palestine grid 152/169
Governorate Qalqilya
 • Type Village council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,670
Name meaning "The wild olive of Ibn 'Atmeh"[1]

'Azzun 'Atma (Arabic: عزون عتمة‎) is a Palestinian village in the Qalqilya Governorate in the western West Bank, located 5 kilometers South-east of Qalqilya. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 'Azzun 'Atma had a population of approximately 1,670 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] 3.9% of the population of 'Azzun 'Atma were refugees in 1997.[3] The healthcare facilities for 'Azzun 'Atma are designated as MOH level 2.[4]


‘Azzun ‘Atma is located 8.82 km south of Qalqiliya. It is bordered by Mas-ha to the east, Az Zawiya to the south, lands of the 1948 to the west, and Beit ‘Amin and ‘Izbat Salman to the north.[5]


Potsherds from the Iron Age II, Persian, Hellenistic, Byzantine, Byzantine/Umayyad, Crusader/Ayyubid and Mamluk eras have been found.[6] Old stones have been reused in homes, and the mosque is possibly an old church.[7]

Ottoman era[edit]

Azzun Atma Checkpoint.jpg

The place appeared in 1596 Ottoman tax registers as 'Azzun, being in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 29 households and 2 bachelors, all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3%, on wheat, barley, summercrops, olives, goats and beehives; a total of 4,200 akçe.[8] Potsherds freom the early Ottoman era have also been found here.[6]

When the French explorer Victor Guérin visited the place in 1870 it was described it as a large Arab village, then deserted. Many small, square houses were still partly standing, and near the mosque he noticed old columns and large stone from older buildings. Old fig trees and beautiful mimosa were scattered through the ruins.[9] In the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (1882), it is also described as a "ruined village".[10]

Modern era[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Azzun Atma has been under Israeli occupation.

After the 1995 accords, about 3.8% of the land was classified as being Area B, while the remaining 96.2% is Area C.[11] Israel has confiscated 2689 Dunams of village land in order to construct three Israeli settlements of Sha'are Tikva, Oranit and Zamarot (Zamarot becoming part of Oranit). In addition Israel has confiscated land for the Segregation Wall, which surrounds Azzun Atma, and which also isolate the village from much of its remaining land behind the wall.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 225
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Qalqilya Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ Palestinian Population by Locality and Refugee Status Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  4. ^ Health care Facilities West Bank at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2006-03-13)
  5. ^ ‘Azzun ‘Atma Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 4
  6. ^ a b Finkelstein et al., 1997, p. 290
  7. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 808
  8. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 135
  9. ^ Guérin, 1875, pp. 143-144
  10. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 305
  11. ^ ‘Azzun ‘Atma Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 15
  12. ^ ‘Azzun ‘Atma Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 16


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