Israeli Occupation Forces confiscate stones from a gallery in Halhul town

Israeli Occupation Forces confiscate stones from a gallery in Halhul town


  • Violation: confiscating construction stones
  • Location: Al-Nabi Younes area- Halhul
  • Date:  February 10, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israel Civil Administration and army troops
  • Victims: citizen Yahya Al-Sa'adeh


 The Israeli occupation authorities raided on February 10, 2016 a gallery for stones owned by citizen Yahya Al-Saadeh in the area of Al-Nabi Younes, east Halhul town and confiscated around 20 m2 of construction stones.

Yahya (45) said that a vehicle relative to the Civil Administration arrived at the gallery on February 10, 2016 and hung an order entitled "halt on violation". The order claimed that Yahya "violated" a road and that he should get rid of the "violation" in 48 hours.

Yahya pointed out that his shop is surrounded by a wall that separates it from the road that travels through the area. No stones are founded out of the wall, said he.

Two days later, a force from the Civil Administration arrived at the place and confiscated 20m2 of stones estimated of 1500 NIS in price. The confiscated items were moved to Kfar Etzion colony via military trucks.

It should be marked that Al-Sa'adeh has his shop located at the northwestern entrance of Halhul town. The shop is reported to be edged by bypass road number 60 and a military watchtower from the north. With an area of 75m2, the shop was established in 2013 to be a source of living for a seven member family including 5 children.

Land Research Center sees that what Israel does of confiscation acts in Halhul is a breach of international laws and human rights conventions such like :

Some international laws and convections pertaining to confiscation and destruction of properties:

  • Art. 147. Grave breaches to which the preceding Article relates shall be those involving any of the following acts, if committed against persons or property protected by the present Convention: wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.
  •  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.”



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Confiscation