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 • Arabic عزّون
 • Also spelled 'Azzoun (official)
Azon (unofficial)
Map of path of the separation barrier around the Qalqilya and Hableh-Ras Atiya enclaves and the proposed path around Azzun
Map of path of the separation barrier around the Qalqilya and Hableh-Ras Atiya enclaves and the proposed path around Azzun
Azzun is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Azzun within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°10′35.34″N 35°03′34.43″E / 32.1764833°N 35.0595639°E / 32.1764833; 35.0595639Coordinates: 32°10′35.34″N 35°03′34.43″E / 32.1764833°N 35.0595639°E / 32.1764833; 35.0595639
Palestine grid 155/175
Governorate Qalqilya
 • Type Municipality
 • Head of Municipality Ahmed Abdullah Umran Shanarah
 • Jurisdiction 9,130 dunams (9.1 km2 or 3.5 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 8,300
Name meaning Azzun, personal name[1]

Azzun or (also spelled Azzoun (عزّون which comes from the root word "عز" (transliteration: ′Izz which means honor or esteem) is a Palestinian town in Qalqilya Governorate in the northern West Bank, located 9 kilometers east of Qalqilya and 24 kilometers south of Tulkarm. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics census, Azzun, together with the adjacent villages of Islah and Izbat al-Tabib, had a population of over 8,900 in 2007.[2] The vast majority of the inhabitants are Muslim, with a very small Christian minority.[3][4]


Ottoman era[edit]

Just north of the village six -seven dry stone towers were examined in 1873. The best-preserved had six courses standing, and part of the roof. The locals stated that they were ancient vineyard towers.[5]

Azzun was a site of battle - part of Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in Ottoman Syria. An Arab poet, Ibrahim Touqan was quoted as saying, "by means of Azzun, how soaked [in] the blood [of] Franks [in the] mother valley."[6]

When the French army marched into Palestine under the command of Napoleon in February 1799, it faced powerful and unexpected resistance from the inhabitants of Jabal Nablus under the command of their local leaders. They attacked the French army while it was marching towards Acre, especially near the valley of Azzun, taking part in the battle of Tal-Tabur. The participation of the inhabitants and local leaders of Nablus in the struggle against Napoleon reflects a territorial sense in resistance to a foreign army. Ihsan al-Nimr wrote in this regard that “the truth is that [Bonaparte’s] morale was weakened around Jabal Nablus, in the valley of Azzun, Qaqun, and al-Marj … he headed for Acre with disappointment and without determination” (al-Nimr 1961, p. 223-224). They fought for their homeland and interests. Sheikh Yussuf Jarrar wrote a poem asking the inhabitants, especially the prominent families of Jabal Nablus, to march towards Acre in order to fight the French. (Al-Nimr 1961, p. 210-211). In Doumani’s words, the poet exposes “the cohesiveness of this reign’s social formation and the shared sense of identity among its inhabitants versus the factionalism of multiple territorially based centers of power … The most striking aspect of this poem is what it does not say. Not once in its twenty-one verses does it mention Ottoman rule, much less the need to protect the empire or the glory and honor of serving the sultan”[7][8] Pierre Jacotin called the village Hazoun on his map in 1799 from the same campaign.[9]

In 1852 the American scholar Edward Robinson visited the village, which he described as having 290 males, all Muslim except for one family of Christians.[10] In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Azzun as a "small village lying low on the hill-side, with several wells and olives on every side."[11]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Azzun had a population of 700; 691 Muslims and 9 Christians,[12] increasing in the 1931 census to 994; 980 Muslim and 14 Christians, in a total of 218 houses.[13]

In 1945 the population of Azzun, together with Nabi Ilyas and Islah, was 1,190; 1,170 Muslims and 20 Christians,[14] who owned 23,496 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[15] Of this, 5,494 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 1,420 were used for cereals,[16] while 55 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[17]


After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Azzun was under Jordanian rule.

1967 and aftermath[edit]

After the Six-Day War, Azzun has been under Israeli occupation. In 1996 a municipal council was established to administer Azzun's civil affairs. The council has eleven members appointed by the Palestinian government. In 2012, the villages of Islah and Izbat al-Tabib were merged into the municipality of Azzun upon a decree of the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government.[18]

In 2008, the town's unemployment rate was 19%.[19] In 2012, it had increased sharply to 39%.[18]

Today, the town consists of 9,130 dunams of which 1,209 dunams is built-up area. There are four mosques located in the town. Most of the population works in agriculture and herding (40%) or trade and handicrafts (41%), while the 19% work in public sectors.[19]

The major families of Azzun are the ‘Adwan, Badwan, Radwan, Salim, Hussein, Sweidan, Zamari (or Zummary), Abu Hanniya, Odah, Hawashah, Tabib, Suleiman, Radi, Mas’ud and Abu Dayyah.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 183
  2. ^ "Population, Housing and Establishment Census 2007 : Census Final Results in The West Bank Summary (Population and Housing)." (PDF). Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ 2007 Census - Qalqilya Governorate Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, p.51
  4. ^ Independent Candidate Afaf Shatara and the Palestinian Local Elections
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 171
  6. ^ Azzun Past and Present Abdul Aziz Arar.
  7. ^ Doumani, 1995, pp. 16-17
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Karmon, 1960, p. 170
  10. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1856, pp.135-136
  11. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 164
  12. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Tulkarem, p. 28
  13. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 53
  14. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 20
  15. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 74
  16. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 124
  17. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 174
  18. ^ a b ‘Azzun Town Profile (including ‘Isla & ‘Izbat at Tabib Localities). Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ). 2013.
  19. ^ a b Israeli Occupation Forces closes the Northern Entrance of the Azzun Al Shamaliyya town Archived February 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Land Research Center 2008-02-20


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