House demolition in Jericho

House demolition in Jericho


Violation: Leveling a residence
Location: Jericho governorate
Date: 26/03/2014
Perpetrators: The Israeli occupation army
Victims: Fayiz Habob and his family


On Tuesday, March 26, 2014, the Israeli army carried out a demolition operation for a house that had been under construction in the West Bank city of Jericho. The Israeli occupation justified the action by claiming that the house had been built without a permit in an area classified "C" according to Oslo Accords.

The house, belonging to Fayiz Habob (36), was erected seven months ago in order to be a shelter for Habob and his 5-member family including 3 children.

Habob asserted to an LRC observer that he received a stop-work order in November 2013. After which, he commenced on obtaining a building permit. And though the procedure was complicated and tiring, Habob managed to get the permit and handed it to Beit El court only to be surprised by the Planning and Construction Committee that kept procrastinating and did check on the case.

So as simple as that, Habob's family came to lose their only shelter and means of stability and security.  

Habob's demolished residence

It is worth pointing out that the Palestinian structure has always been under attack in Jericho but especially so in the last two years. As Satih is considered one of the areas that witnesses recurrent demolition operations. Last year alone, seven houses were demolished and 25 were threatened to suffer the same fate.

The Israeli policy, including targeting any Palestinian construction in area C, is meant to delegitimize the indigenous people's rights approved by all international laws and conventions. One of which is the right to the land the Palestinians inherited from their ancestors. The Israeli occupation does not only try to take that right away but also follows a discriminatory attitude that encourages ethnic cleansing. This is the base upon which the state of Israel was formed in the first place.    


Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition