In the context of violations of Palestinian land and houses, The demolition of al-Rayyan farm and factory for dairy products in Hebron

In the context of violations of Palestinian land and houses, The demolition of al-Rayyan farm and factory for dairy products in Hebron


Violation: destroying a farm, a dairy products factory and a residence

Date: 02/09/2014

Location: Dahyat er-Rameh /Hebron

Perpetrators: the army of the Israeli occupation

Victims: citizens and orphans in Hebron


At morning of Tuesday 02/09/204, the authorities of the Israeli occupation leveled down al-Rayyan factory for dairy products of the Islamic Charitable Society in Hebron. At 4:00 am, a massive force of the occupation army accompanied by a number of bulldozers, diggers and workers raided the area of Dahyat er-Ramah.  Some tools and items were evicted from the interior at time the occupation phone-called the municipality of Hebron to cut off the electricity supply. Shortly after, the machineries embarked the demolition on the structure.

The occupation troops leaving after the demolition:

The bulldozers leveled the building of al-Rayyan factory that is located in the area of Dahyat er-Rameh, east Hebron. The factory was built in 2012(of cement) and is of 200m2 in area. It is worth mentioning that the factory used to provide dairy products for 3000 orphans and used to recruit 25 workers, who support more than 120 members, in different jobs including (mangers, technicians, works and drivers). 

The machineries then reached out a disserted barrack (made of metal slabs) that used to shelter cows with a total land area of 4 dunums. Noteworthy, the animals’ farm started as milk selling point and later became a fully functioning factory for dairy products in 2012. The cows therefore were moved to a near area of al-Dahrya village while the barns stayed empty back there.

On July03, 2014, the occupation army raided al-Rayyan for dairy products factory and confiscated all its equipments and machines leaving it paralyzed and totally shut down. The homogenizing and pasteurizing machines that are made in Italy and cost about 100-150 thousand dollars were confiscated in addition to a packing machine, a yogurt mixer, and eight cooling containers.  

Ja'far al-Mouhtasib; who is the production manager and one of the founders of the factory denied  receiving " a three days military order to "object the demolition order no.10433 served by the occupation army on 20/06/2014".

For further information about the violations held against al-Rayyan factory, please read through the following report issued by the Monitoring Israeli Violation Team at Land Research Center-LRC:

Confiscating the equipments of al-Rayyan for dairy products factory on 03/07/2014(Ar, Eng)


Scenes of the factory and the farm destruction

A house demolished neighboring the factory:

After the occupation completed the destruction operation on the factory and the farm, it leveled down the residence of Nafith al-Hirbawi, which is located next to al-Rayyan factory, without any previous warns andor orders. The demolition reached out a house that is 150m2 in area and a well that accumulates up to 300m2 of water. A retaining wall and a private electricity network of 100m in height were also leveled to the ground by the occupation bulldozers.


Scenes of the destructed residence and the water well:

Land Research Center LRC sees that the demolitions contradict with all the International conventions and Humanitarian laws including:

 Article 17 of the (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating: “Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

Section ‹G› of article 23 of the (1907) The Hague Conventions asserting: “In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden to destroy or seize the enemy's property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war.”

Article 53 of the Geneva Fourth Convention (1948) declaring: “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.”

 Section 1, Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966): “The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right, recognizing to this effect the essential importance of international co-operation based on free consent."



Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition