Opening a Colonial Road in Al Khader

Opening a Colonial Road in Al Khader



Violation: opening a  50 meters long, 4 meters wide colonial road connecting Hanania and Daniel colonies.

Location: Ein Qissis, al Khader – Bethlehem.

Perpetrators: colonists of Daniel.

Victims: Suleiman Mousa, the heirs of Jumaa Ghneim, and Daoud Mousa.




On October 11, 2012, colonists of Daniel accompanied by a dozer broke into lands in al Khader before the dozer embarked on opening a 50 meters long, 4 meters wide road. they also placed power poles on both sides of the road. It is obvious that this is a step towards capturing the lands on both sides of the road.


The road also edges a 100-year-old residence which seem to be included in the colonists targets list. The road connects Daniel colony with the newly established colony of Hanania.


In May, 2012, the lands were captured by colonists who planted it with a number of trees; however, the owners managed to drive them out and clear their remains.


5 months later, the colonists came back but this time they opened a whole road in the plot.


The takeover is an outrageous breach of the International agreements and conventions noting article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating: ‘(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.’



picture 1: opened road




picture 2: the old residence


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. 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: Bypass Roads