'Azzun Ibn 'Atme

'Azzun 'Atma
Arabic transcription(s)
Azzun Atma
Azzun Atma
'Azzun 'Atma is located in State of Palestine
'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 grid152/169
StateState of Palestine
 • TypeVillage council
 • Total1,670
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 and Sha'arei Tikva to the east, Az Zawiya to the south, Oranit 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[]

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, summer crops, olives, goats and beehives; a total of 4,200 akçe.[8] Potsherds from 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 PEF's Survey of Western Palestine (1882), it is also described as a "ruined village".[10]

Jordanian Era[]

In the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and after the 1949 Armistice Agreements, Azzun Atma came under Jordanian rule.


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

After the 1995 accords, about 3.8% of village land was classified as Area B, the remaining 96.2% as Area C.[11] Israel has confiscated 2,689 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 to land for the Israeli West Bank barrier, which almost entirely surrounds Azzun Atma, and which also isolate the village from much of its remaining land behind the wall.[12]

See also[]


  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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2016-05-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  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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