The Israeli occupation confiscates a number of tents

The Israeli occupation confiscates a number of tents


Violation: Taking over tents given away by the Red Crescent
Location: Khirbet al- Ja'wana, Beit Furik/ Bethlehem governorate
Date: 10/04/2014
Perpetrators: The Israeli occupation army
Victims: 3 Bedouin families


At the early hours of Thursday, April 10, Israeli soldiers broke into Khirbet al Ja'wana, east of Beit Furik village where they confiscated three residential tents donated by the Red Crescent to the families affected by the previous demolition operation taken place On April 01, 2014. 

The Israeli occupation, thus, left the families homeless and the open air once again after presenting them with confiscation orders of the tents, each 60 meters in area.

Al- Ja'wana, like other Palestinian Bedouin communities, is a recurrent target for the Israeli occupation. On April 02, 2012, the Israeli bulldozers leveled three residential shacks and confiscated a tractor and water tank belonging to three Bedouin families residing in the area. The same scenario happened on April 01, 2014 where the Israeli occupation tore down eight residential tents and four barns belonging to four Bedouin families living in the Khirbet.

Khirbet al-Ja'wana is a home to five Bedouin families hailing from Beit Furik. They have been living in the area for tenths of years, grazing sheep and inhabiting tents, shacks and  houses made of sackcloth and metal slabs.

The lands of al-Ja'wana are considered Palestinian property owned by people of Beit Furik who have deeds and legal papers that prove their ownership. Still, every now and then, the Israeli occupation wages demolition operations on the area and confiscates lands under the pretext that al- Ja'wana is an Israeli-declared military zone.

Since the beginning of 2012, four demolition operations were carried out by the Israeli occupation on al- Ja'wana. The first was on February 14, 2012 while the second on March 15, 2012. The third took place on April 02, 2012 and the fourth on April 01, 2014.

Despite all the mentioned above, people of al-Ja'wana insist on living and adhering to the land that is theirs. 

About Wad Fukin:

It is located 15 kilometer west of Bethlehem and is surrounded by the borders of 1967 (north and west), Nahhalin and Husan (east), and Jab'a (south).

Wad Fukin has a population of 1168 according to statistics conducted in 2007. It has a total area of 3817 dunums, 161 of which are built-up area.

The Israeli occupation confiscated 299 dunums of Wadi Fukin lands for the sake of two colonies. The first is Har Hadasa which was built in 1978 and devoured 4 dunums while the other is Betar Illit which was built in 1985 and confiscated 295 dunums.

The Apartheid Wall confiscated 402 dunums and isolated 980 dunums in a way that denies people access to their lands. The length of the constructed Wall on Fukin lands is 4,029 meters.

According to Oslo Accords, 7% of Wad Fukin is under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security) while most of the village lands (93%) is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). Here are the area in dunums:

  • Area B (275) dunums
  • Area C (3500) dunums



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Confiscation