Israeli Occupation Forces seal off the entrance of Hejjeh village

Israeli Occupation Forces seal off the entrance of Hejjeh village


  • Violation: closing a village entrance
  • Location:  Hejjeh village- Qalqiliya
  • Date:  March 08, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
  • Victims:  residents of the village


Israeli Occupation Forces raided on March 08, 2016 Hejjeh village, southeast Qalqiliya city and closed the main entrance of the village from the northern side. Noteworthy, the entrance links the village to Tulkarm city and the villages of the north such like Kfar Qaddum.

Not only, the Israeli Occupation Forces closed three agricultural roads via earth mounds. The roads were reported to be a linking point between the village and  fields and groves. Also, the roads link the village with neighboring villages and cities. Such measures caused a shutdown on peoples' movement and traveling not mentioning the deterioration in the commercial and trade status of the area.

Photo 1: the northern entrance of Hejjeh closed via earth mounds

An aerial photo illustrating the closures locations


It should be marked that Israel's policy of collective punishment on Palestinians has been conducted since 1948. It was considered a mean of repressing the intifada of 2000. It is when most of the Palestinian cities and villages got their entrances closed.

About Hijjeh:

It is located to the east of Qalqiliya governorate and is split through by the bypass road no.55. The village's total land area is 11,718 dunums of which 377 dunums are built-up area. Hejjeh populates 2148 people who mainly depend on farming and agriculture in addition to working within areas of the  armistice line of 1949.(source: Geographic Information System- Land Research Center ).

International conventions and laws regarding freedom of movement which Israel unabatedly violates:

  • Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.
  • Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
  • Article 9: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”.
  • Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

  • Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.”
  • Article 9: “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Closure