A New Confiscation Order for the Segregation Wall in Beit Jala

A New Confiscation Order for the Segregation Wall in Beit Jala

The 50 Km2 Israeli crisscross Segregation Wall to enclave Bethlehem district as a part of the disengagement plan to isolate and dissect the Palestinian territories, just had another piece of it exposed as the ''Segregation Wall formation''. The Wall became more visible with regard to its path and destructive consequences to the very social fabric of the Palestinian communities it penetrates.


On June 2, 2004, residents of Beit Jala town, ''received'' a new Israeli military order declaring the Israeli Army decision to confiscate 11.8 dunums for the construction of the Segregation Wall which is penetrating the lands of Beit Jala from east to west. See map of military order as distributed by the Israeli army.



The Israeli confiscation order that was issued in May 19, 2004 and tossed by the Israeli Army at the targeted area held tag number 04/57/T. The following is a translation of the military order:


  Military Order Translation   Israel Defense Forces

 Order to Seize lands # 04/57/T 



According to my jurisdictions as a Military Chief Commander in the Region of Judea and Samaria, and as I believe that it is imperative for military purposes, I order the following:


Key Terms


1. With regard to:


''Map''– Map drawing scale of 1/ 10,000 signed by my self and considered inseparable part of the order at hand.


The Lands


An area of land size of 11, 8 Dunums (250 meters length & 22-74 meters width) marked in red in the map illustrating Beit Jala's land.


Beit Jala (Shomeh Block)


Bloc 28049: parcels:134/ 129-130/ 109-117/ 106/ 90-92


Land Seize


2. I declare that the above-mentioned lands seized for military purposes.




3. The Israeli Defense Army declares absolute possession of stated lands and authorizes it to the land officer at the central command headquarters under the Ministry of Defense.




4. Copies of the order at hand are to be delivered to the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem who will in its turn pass the order on to the landowners.




5 (A)-1: All means to notify the Landowners of the land seizure; either through the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem or other mean is considered valid.


5 (A)-2: A tour/ meeting will be arranged through the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem to tour the designated land. 


5 (B) Copies of the order at hand along with the attached map are to be located at the following places for public reference:

  • District Coordination Offices (DCO) in Bethlehem

  • Offices of the Judicial Advisor for the Region of Judea and Samaria

  • Office of the Ministry of Defense delegation officer at the civil administration

  • Office of the Absentee and public lands contact officer at the civil administration.

To File an Objection


6. land owner are entitled to file an objection regarding the seizure order to the legal counselor throughthe District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem within 7 days of the tour (5 (A)-2).


Compensation Inquiries


7. For inquiries regarding compensations, the landowners are to contact the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem.


Order Effect


8. The order will go in effect at the time of its signing to December 31, 2005




9. The order at hand will be identified as ''Land Seize Order # 04/57/T (Judea and Samaria) 2004-5764''. 

Mosheh Kaplenski
Chief Commander of the Israel Defense Forces in Judea & Samaria







Prepared by:
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem



Categories: Military Orders