|• Also spelled||Yassuf (official)
|• Type||Village Council|
|• Jurisdiction||8,550 dunams (8.6 km2 or 3.3 sq mi)|
Yasuf (Arabic: ياسوف) is a Palestinian town located in the Salfit Governorate in the northern West Bank, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) northeast of Salfit, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southwest of Nablus and adjacent to the Israeli settlement of Kfar Tapuach. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, it had a population of 1,621 in 2007. About 87% of the population relies on agriculture for income, while the remainder work in the public sector.
At the time of Roman rule over Palestine (c. 63 BCE-330 CE), the village was known as Yaashuv, and it was one of three important markets for fruits, grains and legumes in the northern Judean mountains, southern Samaria, and the region of Lod.
The place appeared in 1596 Ottoman tax registers as Yasuf ar-Rumman, being in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 41 households and 8 bachelors, all Muslim. The villagers paid taxes on wheat, barley, summercrops, olives, goats and beehives.
French explorer Victor Guérin visited the village in 1870, and he found it to have about 350 inhabitants. The village appeared ancient, with old masonry reused in houses and walls. The village had an excellent supply of water which was collected in a pool, near the steps down was a beautifully carved niche with a shell motif. This pool provided water for gardens of olive and pomegranate trees. In The Survey of Western Palestine (1882), Yasuf is described as, "an ancient village," located in a valley, with a Roman road passing nearby. Inside the village is "a good spring ... and olives. A beautiful garden of pomegranates exists north of the spring. The water comes out of a cleft in a cliff, near which is an ancient well with steps. There is a sacred place, with a large oak (Sindian), and a ruined shrine, south-west of the village, near 'Ain er Raja. There are drafted stones in many houses, and remains of well-built enclosures, now ruined. Many well-cut rock tombs are also found on either side." It is further noted that the village is mentioned by name in the Samaritan Book of Joshua, and in the 'Samaritan Chronicle', its ancient name is recorded as Jusepheh.
Also in the village were, "rock-cut tombs with kokim [...]". A subterranean channel led out from the spring that contained small fish and there were pillar shafts there too. To the west of the village under an oak tree lay the ruins of a maqam[disambiguation needed] for Sheikh Abu Hasan among the remains of other old drystone enclosures. To the north of the maqam was a rock-cut tomb, "with three loculi under arcosolia." Tombs also lay to the northeast and southwest with well-cut arched doors. In the valley to the northwest was a modern vault with a mihrab.
In a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Yasuf had a population of 172, all Muslims, while in the 1931 census it had 61 occupied houses and a population of 257, still all Muslim. In 1945 the population was 360, all Arabs, while the total land area was 6,068 dunams, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 928 were allocated for plantations and irrigable land, 1,991 for cereals, while 35 dunams were classified as built-up areas.
On 11 December 2009, Yasuf's Al-Kabir Mosque was vandalized and burnt. Israeli police suspect the action was undertaken by Israeli settlers. Prayer carpets and holy books were destroyed in the fire, and the arsonists left behind graffiti reading, "We will burn all of you," and, "Prepare to pay the price." A few months previous radical settlers declared that Palestinians in the West Bank would pay a "price tag" every time Israeli forces dismantled illegal Israeli settlement structures. Following the incident, Israeli forces opened fire on 100 Palestinian residents of the village who were protesting the arson.
In January 2010, the extremist settler Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira was arrested by the Israeli police for alleged involvement in the torching of the mosque. He denied any involvement, and was later released due to lack of evidence.
In April 2010, the settlers spray-painted elsewhere in the village the words "Thank you God, for not making me a Gentile".
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- The Expansion of Tapuah settlement Established on the Land of Yasuf Village - Salfit Governorate, 01, July, 2000, ARIJ
- A New Colonial Outpost in Iskaka and Yasouf - Salfit, 15, October, 2011, ARIJ
- Israeli Settlers Rage jammed on the villages of Iskaka and Yasouf "Razing Palestinian lands for expanding Nofei Nehemia outpost ", 16, October, 2011, ARIJ
- Ravaging 78 Olive Trees in Jama'een and Yasouf villages – Salfit 14, January, 2012, ARIJ
- Welcome To Yasuf