Mitzpe Kramim

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Mitzpe Kramim (Hebrew: מצפה כרמים‎, lit. Vineyards Lookout) is an Israeli outpost in the West Bank. Located on a mountain ridge overlooking the Jordan River Valley in the West Bank, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council.[citation needed]

Mitzpe Keramim was established in 1999 on Israeli Independence Day near Kokhav HaShahar. Several second generation families from Kokhav HaShahar left their homes and moved to a hill south of the village. Less than a year later, after an agreement with the Barak government, the group was relocated to a hilltop closer to Kokhav HaShahar. Only a few months afterwards though, a new village, Ma'ale Shlomo, was established on the original site.[citation needed]

Today seventeen families including about forty children live in Mitzpe Kramim.[citation needed]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[1]

According to ARIJ, Israeli settlers "forcefully seized" land from the Palestinian village of Deir Jarir, in order to construct Mitzpe Kramim.[2]


  1. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Deir Jarir Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 20

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Coordinates: 31°57′27″N 35°21′25″E / 31.9576°N 35.3569°E / 31.9576; 35.3569