Israeli Occupation Forces seal off Hizma western entrance
- Violation: sealing off a village's entrance
- Location: Hizma village- Jerusalem government
- Date: December 12, 2016
- Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
- Victims: residents of Hizma town
Israeli Occupation Forces sealed off on December 12, 2016 the western entrance of Hizma town through cement and road blocks . Residents of the village were surprised by the massive force encircling the area at time and setting up a military checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the village at time.
It should be noted that closing the western entrance of Hizma had extremely negative effects on the life of the area's residents. Commerce and industry were struck since the closed road is considered as main linking point between the village and the surrounding Palestinian villages and cities.
In 2016, the occupation forces were reported to close the same entrance using the same method of closure. The occupation uses such methods as means of imposing pressure on citizens and collective punishment.
Photo 1: the western entrance of Hizma town closed via road blocks
It is 8km to the northeast of Jerusalem; it populates 9256 people on a built-up area of 1000 dunums out of its 18000 dunums total land area. According to Oslo lands classification of 1993, a small part of the village's area — the built-up area– is classified as area "B" that is under Palestinian control where the rest is classified "C" that is administratively run by the occupation municipality of Jerusalem .
The occupation confiscated 2500 dunums of Hizma for the expansion of various colonies namely ( Pisgat Zev, Pisgat Amir, Adam and Nevi Yaacov)
It should be marked that the apartheid wall travels 4km on the lands of Hizma town, isolating 40% of the village's total area behind its construction.
Noteworthy, closures on the town have been applied on the town ever since the first intifada of 2000. Such measure was meant as a collective punishment on the town's residents.
International conventions and laws regarding freedom of movement which Israel unabatedly violates:
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.
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: “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
The Land Research Center