Advertisement about depositing a master plan for Bracha

Advertisement about depositing a master plan for Bracha


Violation: Deposit of a detailed master plan in regard to the Israeli colony of Bracha
Location: Burin village- Nablus governorate  
Date: 04/07/2014
Perpetrators: The so-called Supreme Council of Planning/ Settlement Sub-Committee


On July 04, 2014, al- Quds Newspaper, on page 34, featured an announcement by the so-called Supreme Council of Planning/ Settlement Sub-Committee of the Israeli Civil Administration about the deposit of a detailed master plan no. (1/114) which is the amended version of plan no. (s/15) regarding Bracha colony.

According to the ad, the newly-adopted plan includes using vast areas of confiscated lands within the security zone of Bracha colony for the sake of expanding it.

Picture 1: The featured ad on the newspaper

Land confiscation:

Land within the natural block no. 15 in the locations of al-Mashalih, al-Malsa, and Wadi Suleiman of Burin lands will be confiscated, changing its use from agricultural land to land used for colonial activity, according to the announcement, as follows:

  1. Residential areas "A" and "C"
  2. Public utilities and gardens
  3.  Public structures 
  4. Colonists-only roads

About Bracha colony:

Bracha was built in 1982 on Palestinian lands of Kafr Qalil, Burin, and Iraq Burin villages. 880 colonists live in it.

Iraq Burin has a built-up area of 647 dunums, 291 of which were confiscated for the sake of the colony. Source: Geographic Information System- Monitoring Israeli Violations Team- Land Research Center

Some International conventions and Humanitarian laws pertaining to land confiscation:

The Hague Convention 1907:

  • Art. 46. Family honour and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected.
  • Private property cannot be confiscated.
  • Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.

Fourth Geneva Convention/ 1948: 

  • Article 53: Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.
  • Article 49: Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlement Expansion