Teneh Omarim

Teneh Omarim (Hebrew: טֶנֶא עֳמָרִים, also known as Tene, Omarim, or Ma'ale Omarim) is a mixed Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located east of the Israeli West Bank barrier, 2.3 kilometers from the Green line in the southern Hebron Hills just north of Meitar, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Har Hevron Regional Council.

Teneh Omarim
טֶנֶא עֳמָרִים, טנא עומרים
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Teneh Omarim is located in the Southern West Bank
Teneh Omarim
Teneh Omarim
Coordinates: 31°22′31″N 34°57′25″E / 31.37528°N 34.95694°E / 31.37528; 34.95694Coordinates: 31°22′31″N 34°57′25″E / 31.37528°N 34.95694°E / 31.37528; 34.95694
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilHar Hevron
RegionWest Bank

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]


It was established in 1983 as a Nahal settlement under the name "Nahal Omarim" and civilianized in 1984. "Tene Omarim" is the name of the settlement used by its residents, the Israeli government considers "Tene" the official name as a tribute to David Taneh, the first CEO of the Building and Housing Office. It was established immediately after the Killing of Esther Ohana, the first Israeli killed by a Palestinian stone-throwing attack.[3][4]

The settlement has a total area of about 366 square meters,[5] of which 18.84 percent is privately owned, all or most of it by Palestinians according to a 2006 Peace Now-report.[6] Settlements on privately owned Palestinian land are illegal under Israeli law.[7] In 2005, as a part of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, Teneh Omarim absorbed 13 families from the evacuated Gaza Strip settlements of Morag and Gush Katif.


  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ Precker, Michael (17 February 1983). "Israeli death, W. Bank curfew: Stone-throwing fatality disrupts life for the people of Dahariya". Boston Globe. ProQuest 1637354448.
  4. ^ Benari, Elad (9 September 2011). "Tene Omarim: For Quality of Life". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Settlements list". Peace Now. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  6. ^ In the data provided by the Civil Administration “there is no mention of whether the private land is owned by Palestinians or by Jews... Nevertheless, it is highly probable that most of the land that is marked here as private land (if not all of it) is privately-owned Palestinian land”."Settlement are built on Private Palestinian Land". Peace Now. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  7. ^ "G U I L T Y! Construction of Settlements upon Private Land – Official Data" (PDF). Peace Now. 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2011.

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