Israel to establish a new outpost in northern Palestinian Jordan Valley

Israel to establish a new outpost in northern Palestinian Jordan Valley


  • Violation: establishing new colonial outpost
  • Location:  east Tubas governorate
  • Date:  January 03, 2017
  • Perpetrators:  Settlements Council of Al-Ghoor area
  • Victims:  Bedouin of Samra hamlet


Israeli colonists in the area of Palestinian Jordan Valley continue on stealing lands and displacing indigenous people to implement an Israeli agenda and vision of total control on the area. It should be noted that a group of colonists raided on January 03, 2017 the area of Wad AL-Malih and controlled a hill that overlooks Samra Bedouin community that is inhabited by seven families.

It is reported that the taken over area is the remains of the Palestinian hamlet called "Al-Mzokah"; residents of the hamlet were forcibly displaced in the aftermath of 1967 war. Later, the occupation turned the area into closed military zone and controlled the pastures in there. Years later, the area was classified as "state property".

Noteworthy, the attacking group established a barn in the area and set up some tents under the protection of Israeli Occupation Forces. This is a step to take the land over and establish a new outpost. Not only, the Bedouin communities of Samra, Makhol and Al-Fao ( 19 families)are now threatened of forcible displacement as a result.

Photo 1: the barn established by colonists

Photo 2: a colonist moving nearby the set up tents

It is reported that this outpost is the second of a kind in the area of Palestinian Jordan Valley to be established in two months. The same group of colonists took over the area of "Tallet Hamad", which is nearby Al-Himmih area and established an outpost there.

The area of northern Palestinian Jordan Valley is considered a hotspot area, where an Israeli systematic plan of takeover is being implemented. This plan is being worked on in time military trainings repeatedly take place in the area and colonists taking over lands and establish outposts on.

Land Research Center sees Israel continuous expansion on colonies in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinian and lands a flagrant violation of Human Rights and all international laws and conventions, which prohibit disposition of public properties in occupied countries.

UN Resolutions

UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967: calls for

  • the Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
  • Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." [4]

UN Security Council Resolution 449 of 1979: the Security Council determined:

  • "that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East"

UN Security Council Resolution 452 of 1979: states that

  • "the policy of Israel in establishing settlements in the occupied Arab territories has no legal validity and constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949"  and "calls upon the Government and people of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem."

UN Security Council Resolution 465 of 1980:

  • It expressed concern at Israeli settlement policy in the Arab territories and recalled resolutions 237 (1967), 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 271(1969) and 298 (1971). It further called upon the State and people of Israel to dismantle such settlements. The resolution calls on all states ‘not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in the occupied territories’.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center