Capturing Agricultural Lands in al Khader

Capturing Agricultural Lands in al Khader



Violation: fencing a 2-dunum field and placing wooden benches in it.

Location: Khallit al Fahem – al Khader.

Date: August 28, 2012.

Perpetrators:  Nadya Matar (a colonial activist) and a group of colonists.

Victim: Yousuf Ghnaim.




On August 28, 2012, a group of Israeli colonists led by a well-known activist, Nadya Matar, broke into a field in al Khader before fencing it and placing wooden benches inside. The land is property of Yousuf Ghnaim, the sole supporter of a 6-member-family. He used to plant the field with cereals, however, the Israeli Occupation Army kicked him out of the land whenever he got near it and informed him that he has to ask for permission whenever he wants to access it.


The colonists have shown a great deal of interest in the field which was illegally captured and have placed benches in it to put facts on the ground; it is also considered a new style of land grab.




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: Confiscation