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Dolev is located in the Central West Bank
Dolev is located in the West Bank
Coordinates: 31°55′33.34″N 35°8′6.64″E / 31.9259278°N 35.1351778°E / 31.9259278; 35.1351778Coordinates: 31°55′33.34″N 35°8′6.64″E / 31.9259278°N 35.1351778°E / 31.9259278; 35.1351778
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilMateh Binyamin
RegionWest Bank

Dolev (Hebrew: דולב, דֹּלֶב) is an Israeli settlement organized as a community settlement in the West Bank. Located 17 miles north-west of Jerusalem, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2018 it had a population of 1,341.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are widely considered to be illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]


Dolev was established in 1983, by five families who moved to the site on the festival of Sukkot. It is named for nearby Nahal Dolev where dolev trees (Platanus orientalis) grow.[3] According to ARIJ, the land was confiscated from three Palestinian villages; 867 dunams (0.867 km²) from Al-Janiya,[4] 157 dunams (0.157 km²) from Ein Qiniya,[5] and 22 dunam (0.022 km²) from Deir Ibzi.[6] The Dolev settlers also confiscated the spring Ein Bubin from Deir Ibzi, and use it for their own irrigation projects.[7][8]

In 1988, Ulpanat Dolev girls school established a youth rehabilitation program, Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk, which now has branches in Ashdod and Modi'in. In 2013, 450 girls from all over Israel were enrolled in the program. Dolev Homes received the National Award for Excellence in Education for its contribution to Israeli society over a period of 25 years.[9]

On Monday 26 August 2019, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directed the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office to submit for Planning Committee approval at its next meeting, plans for the establishment of a new neighborhood in Dolev, near the Ein Bubin spring after the Murder of Rina Shnerb. The new settlement will include approximately 300 new housing units, according to the plans drawn up by the Prime Minister’s Office. [10] On 27 August 2019 it was decided that the new settlement of three hundred homes to be built in Dolev, would be named after Rina Shnerb. [11]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ מטה בנימין. Retrieved on 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ Al Janiya Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 16
  5. ^ 'Ein Qiniya Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  6. ^ Deir Ibzi village profile, ARIJ, p. 18
  7. ^ How dispossession happens. The humanitarian impact of the takeover of Palestinian springs by Israeli settlers Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, March 2012, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory, p. 25
  8. ^ 'This Place Is Only for Jews': The West Bank's Apartheid Springs, by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Aug 29, 2019, Haaretz
  9. ^ Bad girls gone good at Dolev. (2013-07-11). Retrieved on 2016-05-20.
  10. ^ PM: New neighborhood to be built near scene of terror attack. (2019-27-08). Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  11. ^ New neighborhood to be named after Rina Shnerb. (2019-27-08). Retrieved on 2019-08-27.

External links[edit]

  • Dolev Mateh Binyamin Regional Council (in Hebrew)