Israeli Occupation Forces close some main roads in Ramallah governorate
Violation: closing roads
Location: northeastern part of Ramallah
Date: November 01, 2016
Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
Israeli Occupation Forces closed by the beginning of November some main roads and entrances of Ramallah villages in a step of collective punishment to harass Palestinians and restrict their movement.
Land Research Center followed up on the closed roads and documented them as follows:
- The road linking between Kfar Ni'meh and Ras Karkar villages, north Ramallah city. It was closed by road blocks;the road serves around 7000 people from the two villages.
Photos 1-2:the closed road An aerial photo illustrating the closure location
- Beitin western entrance that leads to Beit EL checkpoint and AL-Bireh city was closed by a military gate. Israeli Occupation Forces banned entry and exit from and to the area. Noteworthy, the road is vital in connecting the villages of north Ramallah namely ( Deir Jarjir, Silwad, Ein Yabrud, Beitin, Kfar Malik, and Yabrud) with Ramallah city itself. Residents are now forced to take a substitute road that is longer in distance and cost more money.
- Beit El military checkpoint: it closed after one month from being re-opened. Palestinian cars were not allowed through. Noteworthy, the road is a linking point between AL-Bireh city and the bypass road no. 60.
Photo 3: the closed road of western Beitin village
Photo 4: Beit El checkpoint
Photo 5: an aerial photo illustrating the closures
- The northern entrance of Um Safa village: it is the entrance of the village that populates 2000 people.
Photo 6: an aerial photo illustrating the closure location
International conventions and laws regarding freedom of movement which Israel unabatedly violates:
Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
Article 9: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”.
Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.”
Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedure as are established by law.
The Land Research Center