Israeli government notifies Yarza road of “Additional opportunity to object to demolition”
- Violation: targeting a road with demolition
- Location: Khirbet Yarza- Tubas governorate
- Date: January 10, 2017
- Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
- Victims: residents of the hamlet
The so-called officer of Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration raided on January 10, 2017 the area of Yarza and issued a military order in the area. The order number 13455 targeted Yarza main road and stated an " additional opportunity to object to demolition" within a three day deadline.
A member of Tubas Municipal council, Omar Einabusi, talked about the importance of the road to Land Research Center as follows:
" This three km way is a vital passage that serves Yarza's nine Bedouin families that comprise of 60 members. It also serves hundreds of agricultural dunums that are founded in the area recently claimed as closed military zone by the occupation"
Photo 1: the targeted road
The Trageted road as it appears in the map
Einabusi also said:
" In 2004, Palestinian Agricultrral Relief embarked on a rehabilitation project on Yarza road. In the base course laying phase, the occupation notified the road of stop-work and that was on September 2004. In 2009, the road was notified of demolition in an attempt to harass people of the area. Today, the occupation works hard to demolish the road by all possible means to strike the economy and agricultural sector of Yarza"
It is situated 10km east of Tubas, more specifically in the area of Sahel al-Buqai'a. The Khirbet is inhabited by 12 families of 100 people who remained out of hundreds farming and planting their agricultural lands estimated of 25,000 dunum in area of which 283 dunum is classified under the name of Jither Balad, which is an old inhabited city.
It is indicated that 75% of Yarza lands belong to the Jordanian Tabu under and are registered under the ownership of Palestinians who had to leave the area towards Tubas and the nearby Khirbets due to the extreme discriminative activities the occupation inflected upon them. It should be also mentioned that the roots of Yarza citizens come from Tubas and that the Khirbet has three main families namely Ainabosi, Msa'id, and Shideh.
Yarza is considered a closed military zone by the occupation, using its lands estimated of 25,000 dunums as shooting fields , and military training camps due to the mountainous forest nature of the location. Noteworthy, the Cobra training camp that is situated in Yarza in addition to tens of shooting fields located here and there form an imminent danger on the life residents. Training camps caused a huge damage on residents either by the outcomes of direct military training or by their leftovers. Since the area is declared inaccessible for Palestinians, Yarza lacks all kinds of life services and standards due to the blockade on the area.
The Land Research Center