Israeli military blocks the entrance of Deir Istiya village

Israeli military blocks the entrance of Deir Istiya village


Violation: Blocking Deir Istiya entrance with earth mounds and roadblocks

Location: Deir Istiya town, Salfit governorate

Date: 27/10/2014

Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Army

Victims: People of Deir Istiya  

Details :

In synchronization with the olive harvesting season, the Israeli occupation is known to escalate its attacks and harassments against the Palestinian farmer and people as well, using discriminative and inhumane means such like shutting down agricultural roads as collective punishment and expelling farmers out of their lands as an attempt to straying them from benefiting the land.

It is indicated that the forces of the occupation closed the entrance of the village for the second time in row during 2014, using the same method of closure for the sake of harassing and putting a pressure on the farmers in addition to limiting down the residents' movement. To their surprise, people of Deir Istiya found out on MONDAY October 27th 2014 that the occupation sealed the western entrance of the town , which links it with the area of Wad Qana.

Photos 1: the closed western entrance of Deir Istiya


An owner of many plots in Wad Qana famer Riziq Abo Nasir said to the LRC researcher that: " the entrance of the village is the main pathway to his lands, which are only 400m away from Deir Istiya. Having the road closed will burden the farmer in terms of land access and crops transfer. Reportedly, a total distance of 4km will be the new route to lands , which will pass through the villages of Deir Istiya to Haris and the then to Wad Qana. This case applies not only on farmer Nasir but on tens of farmers who have their lands located in Wad Qana.

Previous closures on Deir Istiya :

It is reported that on  July 22, the Israeli occupation army embarked on shutting off the western entrance of Deir Istiya town, north of Salfit and overlooking Wadi Qana, by setting up earth mounds rocks. The Israeli occupation justified taking this step for security reasons, by which it forces collective punishment on the five thousand inhabitants of the town., taking into consideration that the three agricultural roads connecting Deir Istiya to Wadi Qana have been closed since August 2012 according to field research data

So as it could be noticed, there is a plan and policy followed by the Israeli occupation to Judaize Wadi Qana and isolate the people of Deir Istiya town from their agricultural lands in Wadi Qana, which is of 10,000 dunums in area.  

For further information about the Israeli Violations Deir Istiya and Wad Qana  underwent, please read through the following repots issued by Land Research Center LRC in 2014 :

  1. Price tag colonists burn down the entrance of Ali Bin Abi Taleb mosque in Deir Istiya on January 15th 2014 (Ar , Eng)
  2. The Israeli military cuts down 1000 olive saplings in Wad Qana on July 23rd 2014 (Ar, Eng)
  3. Expansion works on  Yakir colony in Wad Qana on July 8th 2014 (Ar, Eng)
  4. The Israeli military blocks Deir Istiya western entrance on July 22nd 2014 (Ar, Eng)
  5. Expropriating 100 dunums for the favor of El Matan outpost in Wad Qana on October 2nd 2014 (Ar, Eng)



Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Closure