A Stop-work Order for a Cistern

A Stop-work Order for a Cistern


Violation: a stop-work order for a cistern.

Location: As Suwan area in al Khader – Bethlehem.

Date: July 13, 2012.

Perpetrators: the so-called Organization and Construction Committee, the Israeli Occupation Army.

Victim: Mohammad Sbeih.




On July 13, 2012, officers of the so-called Organization and Construction Committee placed a stop-work order on a cistern, property of Mohammad Sbeih. The order was issued on the pretext of unlicensed construction in area classified ‘C’ according to Oslo Accords.


The under construction cistern was to be used for agricultural purposes. Its construction cost him around 10,000 ILS so far as.



Picture 1: the stop-work order



Al Khader:


Al Khader is located 5 km to the west of Bethlehem city; it is connected by a road to the main road, Jerusalem – Hebron road which connects it to the surrounding cities.


It is administered by a local council and is named after Saint George (Al Khader in Arabic).

The village holds within a football stadium, a donation of the Portuguese Government; the work in the stadium started in 2000 through Bethlehem 2000  project, however, the construction stopped for a long time because of the second Intifada (uprising) events considering the location of the stadium near by-pass road (60). It was opened in 2007.




Area and Location:


Al Khader is 20100 dunums in area including 800 dunums of built-up area.


Previous violations:


The Israelis conquered 218 dunums of the village in 1948 and are trying to capture the rest of Al Khader fertile lands using the segregation wall. The Israeli authorities confiscated huge parts of Al Khader lands to construct Ezyon colony in 1967(4500 dunums in area inhabited by 461 colonists) and Daniel in 1983 (200 dunums in area).



Categories: Demolition