The Bedouin Communities East of Jerusalem – A Planning Survey

    of the Bedouin Localities

General Maps

Wadi Abu Hindi

Al Muntar

Abu Nuwar

Wadi Jimel

Jabal Al-Baba

Wadi Al 'Awaj

Wadi Abu As-Suwan




Bir Al-Maskub

Wadi Sneysel

Khan Al-Ahmar Communities

Abu Al-Helw and Um Ad-Deif


Abu Falah




Qilt Road No 1

Wadi Qilt

Za'ataret Az Za'iem





16. Al-kurshan

Community: Jahalin Tribe – Abu Dahuk family

Population: 9 families, approx. 80 residents

Water: Connected to water meter of the Mekorot Company

Electricity:   none

Sewage:   none

Education: Elementary school in Abu Al-Helw 

Medical services: Mobile infirmary, twice monthly

Daily necessities: Jericho

Religious building:   none

Cemetery: Al-E’izariya

Flocks: approximately 300 sheep


 Identity Card
 Chronoligical Development
Planning Survey

The Kurshan community is located east of Mishor Adumim, north of the industrial area and south of Road No. 1 leading to Jericho. It is part of the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar clusters and it has access to the clusters north of Road No. 1 via a dirt road that passes beneath it. Residents came to the area in the 1950s, following evacuation and deportation from Tel Arad, attracted to it by the availability of good grazing land. They settled there with the agreement of private land owners from Al-I’sawiyya. According to residents’ testimony, these areas served as seasonal grazing lands in winter, even before they settled there permanently. Permanent residence in the present location took root at a relatively late stage, following the reduction in grazing lands, options for mobility, and pressure placed on residents. Today, all of the lands there have been expropriated, as part of the expropriation in 1975, for the benefit of Ma’ale Adumim, and they are included in the jurisdictional area of the city and in the limits of its master plan. In the mid-1990s, a number of demolition orders were issued for buildings in Al-Kurshan, and according to residents’ testimonies, during that period a number of demolitions were carried out. Today, representatives of the Civil Administration visit regularly and prohibit any new building or additions to existing buildings, and last May, demolition orders were again issued, this time for 8 houses.

The grazing areas around Al-Kurshan have been drastically reduced over the years, due to the proximity to the industrial area, army bases and closed military zones. Today, grazing is confined to the immediate vicinity of the houses, and the flocks serve only the domestic need of the residents. In winter, flocks are taken as far as the area of Tabaq Qtef, while in summer, they are taken by motor vehicle to the Beit Iksa area. Residents do not cultivate the land at all for agricultural crops.

Children living in Al-Kurshan, the southernmost of the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar clusters, rarely attend the joint school in the Al-Helw cluster. Overall, the residents suffer from severe problems of access since the locality is cut off from the main road. Most of the residents, men and women alike, do not work at all outside of the locality with the exception of sheep herding.

Main planning constraints:

        Included within the limits of the development and expansion plans for Ma’ale Adumim 

        Expropriated lands lacking an accepted  arrangement regarding ownership and usage rights

        Included partially within the plan for a local road

        Closed military areas near the locality

Limitations on grazing lands and access to water sources