Ofra

Synonyms:
Ophrah, עָפְרָה
Ofra (Wikipedia)

Ofra

עֹפְרָה
Ofra.jpg
Ofra is located in the Central West Bank
Ofra
Ofra
Coordinates: 31°57′20″N 35°15′37″E / 31.95556°N 35.26028°E / 31.95556; 35.26028Coordinates: 31°57′20″N 35°15′37″E / 31.95556°N 35.26028°E / 31.95556; 35.26028
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilMateh Binyamin
RegionWest Bank
Founded1975
Founded byGush Emunim
Population
 (2017)
3,607
Websitewww.ofra.org.il

Ofra (Hebrew: עֹפְרָה) is an Israeli settlement located in the northern West Bank. Located on the main road between Jerusalem and Nablus (Route 60), it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 3,607.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law. According to human rights organization B'Tselem, the state of Israel itself acknowledges that much of the Ofra civilian settlement is built on privately owned Palestinian land, which is unlawful according to Israeli law.

In August 2016, the military governorate admitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice that a large portion of Ofra, totalling 45 dunams, was built on land privately owned by Palestinians prior to the occupation, including areas "located in the heart of the settlement". Following the ruling of the High Court that Israeli homes in this area were illegal, the state has undertaken steps with the goal of restituting the land back to its private Palestinian owners. Following the successful effort to demolish the settlement of Amona, Silwad Mayor Abdul Rahman Saleh signaled that he would petition the High Court on behalf of Ofra landowners with the goal of evicting Israeli settlers there. Considering the Jordanian military base which existed there, he accepted the presence of Israeli soldiers.

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