The municipality of the Israeli occupation demolishes three apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina

The municipality of the Israeli occupation demolishes three apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina


On November 02, 2015, the dozers of the Israeli occupation demolished three residential apartments in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, north Jerusalem on the claim of unlicensed construction.

It should be marked that a massive force from Israel Police accompanied by two dozers raided the residential bloc of Nasiba and closed the road that leads to the targeted demolition location. Noteworthy, residents were not allowed in and out the area.

The force then embarked on demolishing three residential apartments built on a building that is composed of 6 old apartments, accommodating 6 families. The targeted three apartments belong to the following:







Mousa Dosoqi





Mahmoud Dosoqi





Khaldoun Nijm








Source : Field observation- Department of Monitoring Israeli Violations- Land Research Center-2015


Citizen Yousef Dosoqi told a researcher from Land Research Center the following:


“We annexed the three apartments to the building on May 2015 to be home for my family and for my brother’s family as well. At time of construction, a staff from the municipality came to the location and delivered us a stop-work and demolition order on the claim of unlicensed construction. We sought attorney Sami Rashid at first then Hussein Ghannam to object to the order but the municipality’s court rejected the act.

At morning, a massive force from Israel police came to the area and sent all apartments’ residents out of their houses in preparation for the demolition operation. We immediately called attorney Ghannam to object to the order; the halt of order was sent to us via an SMS but the police did not follow to the court’s decision.” He also added: “I was given a deadline of minutes to evict anything I want from my apartment; dozers then embarked on demolition the apartments. The demolition lasted for four hours.” 

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

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.”
  4. 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