Stop-work Order for a Cistern in Surif

Stop-work Order for a Cistern in Surif




Violation: stop-work order for an 80-m3-cistern that feeds 7 dunums of agricultural lands.

Date: August 20, 2012.

Location: Surif – Hebron.

Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Civil Administration – the so-called Higher Organization Council, the Inspection Subcommittee.

Victim: Ali Ghneimat.




On August 20, 2012, the Israeli Occupation Authorities issued a stop-work order for a cistern in Surif, north west Hebron. The cistern is property of Ali Ghneimat. The order issued by the Israeli Occupation Civil Administration, numbered 149155, was entitled ‘stop-work order’ and ordered the owner to stop any work in the cistern.


It also specified September 23, 2012 as the date for a hearing session before the Inspection Subcommittee to decide upon ‘demolition or returning to the status quo’.



Picture 1: order 149155



Picture 2-3: the cistern


The owner pointed that a shepherd found the order placed on the cistern. He headed to the legal Department in Hebron Governorate to inform them of the situation and seek their assistance. He submitted a construction license application in an attempt to save the cisterns. The owner said that the cistern was a gift from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and was used to supply a 7-dunum olive groove with water.




Categories: Demolition