Israeli Occupation Forces demolish a residence in Hebron town of Surif

Israeli Occupation Forces demolish a residence in Hebron town of Surif


  • Violation: demolition of a house
  • Location:  Al-Qarneh area- Surif town
  • Date:  April 04, 2016
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces and Civil Administration
  • Victims:  Citizen Majde Ghneimat


Israeli Occupation Forces demolished on April 04, 2016 a residence owned by citizen Majde Ghneimat in Surif town, west Hebron governorate on the claim of "unlicensed construction".

Majde's father asserted that a force from the occupation army accompanied by a staff from the Civil Administration and some military dozers raided the town at dawn and embarked on demolishing the house without letting the owners  evacuate the interior.  The dozers reached out the citizen's house that was still under construction. Works on the house (170m2) started in 2012; it was supposed to be home for a five member family including three children.



Photos 1-5: sings of the house destruction

It should be marked that Israeli occupation authorities served on February 13, 2012 a Stop-Work order on Majed's house on the claim of "unlicensed construction". It is when Gheimat applied for a building permit in Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration and hired attorney to object to the order in Israeli court. For further information about the incident, please read the following report issued by Land Research Center (Link).

Photo 6: the stop-work order on Ghneimat's

Photo 7: the house before demolition


Land Research Center LRC sees that demolitions contradict with and violate all of 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



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition