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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
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Founded 1998

Brukhin (Hebrew: ברוכין‎) was an Israeli outpost, the largest of such communities,[1] retroactively legalized in 2012,[2] 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. It was founded in 1998 on non-private land claimed as state land by Israel as a trailer neighbourhood,[1] and developed by Amishai Shav-Tal in October 2000,[3] 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.[3] Construction in the village is frozen by an order from the Israeli High Court.[1] In 2012 the Israeli state provided the illegal outpost with official authorization.[4]

Over 101 Orthodox Jewish families are living in Brukhin.[1] A further 100 families are due to move in as the settlement expands (2015).[2]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[5]


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