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Brukhin is located in the West Bank
Coordinates: 32°4′49.54″N 35°5′10.05″E / 32.0804278°N 35.0861250°E / 32.0804278; 35.0861250Coordinates: 32°4′49.54″N 35°5′10.05″E / 32.0804278°N 35.0861250°E / 32.0804278; 35.0861250
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Founded 1998
Population (2015)[1] 719

Brukhin (Hebrew: ברוכין‎‎) is an Israeli settlement, which started as an illegal outpost and was retroactively legalized in 2012.[2] It is located in the West Bank's Samarian mountains about thirty km east of Tel Aviv along the Trans-Samaria Highway near the Palestinian town Bruqin and between the Ariel settlement and Rosh HaAyin.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]

Over 101 Orthodox Jewish families are living in Brukhin.[4] A further 100 families are due to move in as the settlement expands (2015).[2] In 2015 its population was 719.


Brukhin was founded in 1998 on non-private land claimed as state land by Israel as a trailer neighbourhood,[4] and developed by one of the founding members, Amishai Shav-Tal, in October 2000,[5] within the territory administered as part of its municipality by the Shomron Regional Council. The Sasson Report established that the Brukhin outpost was an unauthorized Israeli settlement. The report also said that $785,000 was spent on Brukhin's infrastructure and public buildings.[5] Construction in the village was frozen in 2012 by an order from the Israeli High Court.[4] In 2012 the Israeli state provided the illegal outpost with official authorization.[6]

Popular culture[edit]

In July 2015, a "come and join" video was released on YouTube featuring a song sung by the families of Brukhin.


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Jodi Rudoren, Jeremy Ashkenas,'Netanyahu and the Settlements,' New York Times 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Gideon Levy, Outposts 2012: Coming to a West Bank hill near you, at Haaretz, 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b Washington Times 27 February 2008 Unauthorized but aided by Israel page 1
  6. ^ Amira Hass, 'Israel building farm on Palestinian land,' Haaretz, 6 June 2014.