Stop-work orders on agricultural facilities in Qalqiliya governorate

Stop-work orders on agricultural facilities in Qalqiliya governorate


  • Violation: serving stop-work orders on structures
  • Location:  Nabi Elyas village- Qalqiliya
  • Date:  August 28, 2016
  • Perpetrators: the so-called Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  Palestinian families from the area


A massive force from the Israeli occupation army raided on August 28, 2016 the village of Nabi Elyas, east Qalqiliya governorate and served a number of stop-work orders on some facilities and structures. A chickens slaughterhouse  was targeted with stop-work notice on the claim of "unlicensed construction" within area classified as "C" according to Oslo Accords, which is area under Israeli control.

It should be marked that the facility is source of income for 14 Palestinian families and is considered an economic booster for the area as a whole. The structure was built by the beginning of 2016.

To the northeast of the village, the Israeli Occupation Forces delivered stop-work orders for two Palestinian families, targeting their agricultural rooms that they recently established to protect their lands– founded behind the apartheid wall– from takeover plans by Zufin colony, which is founded on confiscated lands from the village.

 It is reported that the village of Nabi Elyas lost 2000 dunums of its area behind the apartheid wall. Such lands are now seen as an interest of takeover by colonists and the occupation's government. The occupation army never stopped chasing farmers in the area and imposing measures to harass them and push them leave their lands.

According to the military orders, the affected were given a deadline until September 08, 2016 to complete all licensing procedures. This comes in time with the hearing session of the Inspection Sub-Committee – Israel  Civil Administration in the Israeli court of Beit El colony to consider the status of the notified structures.

The following table shows information about the notified structures and owners:

Affected citizen



Nature of structure

No. of order


Tawfiq Hannun



Chickens slaughterhouse


Source of income for 13 families

Mohammad Abu Mariam



Agricultural room (metal slaps)


Storehouse of agricultural tools

Wisam Abu Khader



Agricultural room (metal slaps)


Storehouse of agricultural tools







Source : Field observation- Department of Monitoring Israeli Violations- Land Research Center-2016



Photo 1: the threatened slaughterhouse of Tawfiq




About Nabi Elyas:

It is located 6km to the east of Qalqiliya governorate and is edged by Izbbet Al-Tabib and Aslah villages from the east, Arab Abu Fardeh area from the west, Jayyous town from the north and Ras Tayreh from the south.

The village populates 11300 inhabitants (2007 census) that are relative to three main families namely ( Hannun, Khleif and Majd)

Nabi Elyas has a total area of 4435 dunums, of which 123 dunums are considered the village's built-up area . noteworthy, more than 2200 dunums of the area were isolated behind the apartheid wall and became subject to colonial activities of takeover and expansion.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Military Orders