An Israeli enterprise claims ownership of an agricultural land

An Israeli enterprise claims ownership of an agricultural land


Violation: claiming property of Palestinians by an Israeli company

Date: 18/12/2013

Location: Deir Ballot

Perpetrators: Alon Hagb'a company

Victims: 11 families from the area


Within the context of colonial expansions on different colonies, an Israeli company named Alon Hag'ba, that is located in the colony of Shilo, claimed owning 139 dunums and 533m from the lands of Deir Ballot village; more specifically in the area known as Um al-Aqaba within the natural block no.2, piece no 20.

On December 18th, al-Qudus newspaper featured an advertisement deposited by Alon Hagb'a  company to offer an objection and to complete all licensing procedures. The company, according to the ad, claimed that it bought the aforementioned piece of land.

It should be marked that any action of land purchase and sell at wartime in addition to property transfer are considered illegal and fraud according to many international conventions; especially the Hague convention. Despite all of that, the occupation invested all efforts in looting the land and falsify and change facts on the ground using inhumane means to achieve its Judaization plan.

About Deir Ballot:

It is located 20km west of Salfit governorate and is considered the last village in the area form the western side adjacent to the green line "demarcation line". The village has a total land area of 13941 dunums of which 503 dunums are built-up area.(source: Geographical Information System- Land Research Center)

Deir Ballot has a total population of 4500 people who depend on agriculture as a source of income after they had lost their jobs in the areas of the green line. Residents of the village relate to nine main families in the area namely( Tuffaha, Khaor, Abdallah, Qasim, Qar'osh, Mishil, Mostafa, Mosa, and Hadrous).

It should be marked that the village is famous for its rainfed crops(okra and garlic)in addition to wheat and olives. A water spring is there in the area that is located in Wadi al-Ain in the southern part of the village.  Residents rely on a regional water network and cisterns for rainwater harvesting.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Confiscation