Demolition of caravan in the Jerusalem town of Beit Hanina

Demolition of caravan in the Jerusalem town of Beit Hanina


The dozers of the Israeli occupation forces demolished on August 03, 2016 a caravan in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Wad Al-Dmm on the claim of "unlicensed construction". Noteworthy, police force accompanied by a dozer carried out the demolition order that was issued by the so-called Israel Civil Administration.

It should be marked that the caravan belongs to citizen Izzedin Abu Nijmeh. Noteworthy, this is the sixth demolition on Abu Nijmeh's residence.


The affected citizen told Land Research Center the following:

" In 2014, Israeli Occupation Forces demolished my caravan under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Representatives from a Norwegian Society gifted me a 50m2 caravan, which is composed of kitchen, bathroom and a hall. My wife, two sons and I lived in that caravan as a home"

One year ago, employees from the so-called Israel Civil Administration arrived and threw a demolition order in the area. I immediately sought attorney Suliman Shaheen to object to the order since the caravan is set up on wheels and is gifted from an international body. A file was opened in the court of Israel municipality to be followed-up on".

He added: " One morning, I was in the hospital with my wife  when I received a phone call from my neighbors telling me that a force from Israel police and a dozer were preparing to demolish the caravan. I immediately headed to the place and requested the responsible officer to talk to my lawyer on phone. The officer pointed out that the demolition is being carried out based on a military order and gave the affected fifteen minutes to evacuate the caravan. The operation lasted from 8:30 until 9:30 in the morning; it is when the dozer and the force withdrew".

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.”

What Israel does of demolitions in east Jerusalem and West Bank is a clear-cut violation of human rights and all of the international laws and covenants. Israel only aims at displacing Palestinians for sake of serving the colonial expansion plans.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition