Enforcing closure on Sinjil Entrances

Enforcing closure on Sinjil Entrances


Violation: blocking all Sinjil entrances

Location: the southern entrance of the village

Date: 14/11/2014

Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Army

Victims: residents of Sinjil


In the Israeli pursue  to harass Palestinians and restrict their movement between villages and towns, the Israeli authorities closed Sinjil  northern entrance by roadblocks and dirt walls on November 14th 2014.

It should be marked that the aforementioned entrance is the only pathway to Ramallah through the bypass road no. 60, which also links Ramallah with Nablus.

 The entrance is also considered the village vital road since the closure of the eastern entrances of Sinjil in 2000.

Photo 1: the recently closed northern entrance

Photo 2: Sinjil eastern entrances

Aerial image showing the closures on Sinjil


A Israeli plan to strike the village's economy :

The mayor of Sinjil Ayoub Swayed to the LRC researcher stated the following :

"there are Israeli plans that aim at striking the local economy of the area and at changing  facts on the ground, which will be hard to deal with in the future. The occupation, every now and then,  closes the entrances of Sinjil to affect its economy since the village has a good number of commercial shops. Not only that, the occupation greater goal is to place people in a besieged place; a big prison".

A closure since 2000:

It should be mentioned that the occupation army has been closing the eastern entrance of Sinjil by roadblocks and dirt walls since the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000. Noteworthy, the closed way is the main route which links the village with the bypass road no. 60.

  • Sinjil:

20 kilometer north of Ramallah, Sinjil is surrounded by Al Labn Ash Sharqia  (north), Jaljilia (west), Qaryut and Turmus'ayya (east), and Al Mazr'a Ash sharqia (south).

Sinjil has a total population of 5236 people according to statistics conducted in 2007. It has a total area of 14028, 888 of which are a built-up area of the village. 

The Israeli occupation devoured 551 dunums of the lands of the village for two colonies. The first one is Maale Levona which was built in 1983 and confiscated 298 dunums of the village. It is inhabited by 497 colonists. The second is Eli which was built in 1984 and devoured 253 dunums. It is inhabited by 2058 colonists.

Moreover, bypass number '60 took over 246 dunums of the village lands.

  According to Oslo Accords, 14% of Sinjil is under Area A (PA has full civil and security control) while 30% is under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security). However,  most of the village lands (56%) is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). Here are the area in dunums:

  • Area A (1980) dunums
  • Area B (4140) dunums
  • Area C (7908) dunums

For further information about the violations and assaults Sinjil underwent during 2014, please read through reports issued by Land Research Center LRC as follows:

  • Shilo colonists sabotage 750 saplings in Ramallah (Ar, Eng)
  • Shilo colonists damage 600 seedlings in Sinjil village ( Ar, Eng)
  • Shilo colonists destroy 400 saplings in Sinjil village (Ar, Eng



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Closure