The Israeli Occupation Forces demolish structures and confiscate solar panels from Ad-Dhahiriya town

The Israeli Occupation Forces demolish structures and confiscate solar panels from Ad-Dhahiriya town


  • Violation: demolition of structures and confiscation of solar panels
  • Location:  Al-Rahawa hamlet- Ad-Dhahiriya
  • Date: January 13, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
  • Victims: Citizen Rajeh Samamreh  


The Israeli Occupation Forces demolished on January 13, 2016 a residential tent and a barn for sheep owned by citizen Rajeh Samamreh in Khirbet Al-Rahawa , south Ad-Dhahiriya town in Hebron governorate. A massive force from Israel Civil Administration accompanied by JCB dozer raided the hamlet, encircled the targeted structures and embarked on demolishing them after evacuating some of their interiors, Samamreh said.

It is reported that the residential tent was of 20m2 in area and was established  a year ago to accommodate the 12 member family of Samamreh. The 50m2 barn was made of metal poles "corners" wrapped by barbed wires.


Photos1-3: sings of destruction

Also, the Israeli Occupation Forces confiscated solar panels that provide the area with electricity. The workers of Civil Administration cut down the cables and confiscated four panels and six batteries for electricity storing. Noteworthy, the solar panels were donated by Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem ARIJ.

Photo 4: the minute of confiscation on the panels

It should be marked that the demolition occurred without previous warning or notices. The Israeli occupation authorities demolished on August 10, 2015 structures owned by Samamreh in the same area. For further information, please read the report issued by Land Research Center in this regard (Link).

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."

About al-Rahwa:

Al-Rahwa is located south of Al-Dhahiriya and east of Al-Ramadin towns. The hamlet was originally a primitive community for people who fully depended on livestock breeding and winter crops plantation. The area is considered an architectural Roman site with several caves founded there.

The hamlet populates around 50 people; the population becomes 200 in spring for other families move in to graze their herds in the town’s pastures. Noteworthy, Tenih colony overlooks the northern part of al-Rahwa and is 1km away from it. The segregation and separation wall is there from the south as well as to Dhahiriya crossing, which leads to the occupied territories of 1948.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition