Israeli Occupation Forces ravage agricultural land and demolish a room in the Hebron village of Al-Deirat

Israeli Occupation Forces ravage agricultural land and demolish a room in the Hebron village of Al-Deirat


  • Violation: demolition of agricultural room and land sweeping
  • Location: Al-Deirat village- Yatta town 
  • Date:  October 10, 2016
  • Perpetrators:  Israel Civil Administration and army
  • Victims:  citizen Mousa Mahmoud Al-Adra


Israeli Occupation Forces demolished on October 10, 2016 an agricultural room and ravaged a plot on the claim of conducting works without a permit in AL-Deirat village, east Yatta town in Hebron governorate.

It should be marked that Israel Civil Administration and army troops raided the area at dawn and demolished the room of citizen Mousa Mahmoud Al-Adra. Noteworthy, the room was of 16m2 in area and was used as a storage unit for agricultural tools.


Photo 1: the demolished rooms


Photo 2: the room before being demolished

It is reported that Israeli Occupation Forces served a stop-work order on the room on January 11, 2016 and a demolition order on June 07, 2016 but the citizen didn’t object to them, knowing that the procedures are complex and financially burdening. Also, it is known that Palestinians are never granted building permits and licenses.  

In addition, dozers from the occupation army ravaged a one dunum plot owned by citizen Al-Adra. The owner was planning to build an agricultural barrack to benefit from it but the ravaging act stopped him from doing so.


Photo3: sings of the ravaging act


It should be marked that the targeted area is located to the north of the bypass road no. 317. Karmil colony overlooks the area from the southeast.

About Al-Deirat :

Al-Deirat village is located to the east of Yatta town and is about 6km away from it. The village is considered agricultural and is inhabited by 700 people;  a village council runs the affairs of al-Deirat despite there is no headquarter for the council itself.

A number of families reside in the village namely : (al-Hamamdah, Musa'fieh , al-Adra); al-Deirat is split by the bypass road no. 60, which links all Israeli colonies in the north with those in the south.

The village is edged by Arab al-Ka'abna and al-Karmel colony from the east, Yatta town from the west, Khirbet al-Bwaib from the north and Ma'on colony and Um Lisfa village from the south .Residents of the area aspire to obtain a master-plan for the village that includes their houses  in order to protect them from Israeli orders of stop-work and demolition.

Land Research Center LRC sees that demolitions contradict with all 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: Agriculture