Israeli Occupation Forces demolish six warehouses in Qalandiya town

Israeli Occupation Forces demolish six warehouses in Qalandiya town


Israeli Occupation Forces demolished on July 20, 2016 six barracks used as warehouses of infrastructure materials  on the claim of "unlicensed construction". Noteworthy, the demolished structures are founded in Qalandiya town, which is located within the boundaries of the Israeli occupation municipality and next to Atarot Industrial Zone. It is reported that the attacked barracks belong to Abu Sunaineh Contracting Company owned by Mukhles Abu Sunaineh.

The owner of structures told Land Research Center the following: " I established the structures a year and half ago to be a company specialist in sewer networking. I rented the land from Kamal Abu Sunaineh and set up six barracks (24 m2 each). Manholes and sewer tubes were stored in the barracks, where 34 persons worked. I work with a contractor, who contracted with the Israeli occupation municipality and I also have a professions practicing license"

" One year ago, employees from the occupation's municipality arrived at the location, took photos of the structures and delivered me a demolition order.  I followed up on the case to avoid demolition, taking into consideration that the area is considered industrial zone".

He also added: " At seven a.m. of July 20, 2016, a massive force from Israel Police accompanied by three dozers raided the area and embarked on demolishing the structures on the their interior. Five cars parked in the nearby were damaged as a result. 

It should be marked that the demolition operation started at seven in the morning and finished by noon. Dozers and the accompanying force then withdrew after leveling the barracks down to the ground .


Qalandiya and the apartheid wall:

The Israeli apartheid wall isolated the 3,273 dunum Qalandiya town to be surrounded and trapped from all directions. People of the town cannot communicate and interact with neighbors but through the only entrance that leads to Ramallah city. Noteworthy, Qalandiya was located within the boundaries of Jerusalem before the wall separated it from the city.

Atarot colony is reported to confiscate 555 dunums from the lands of Qalandiya in addition to another 429 dunums, which were taken for Qalandiya airport that is now closed. See below map Qalandiya_07_2016.jpg



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