Israeli Occupation Forces demolish parts of a restaurant in Salfit governorate

Israeli Occupation Forces demolish parts of a restaurant in Salfit governorate


  • Violation: demolishing part of a restaurant 
  • Location:  Marda village
  • Date:  January 09, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  citizen Iyad Abu Si'n


A massive force from the Israeli occupation army backed by a military dozer raided Marda village, east Salfit governorate, demolished a barrack used as a restaurant (40m2) and brick room (12m2) and confiscated another mobile room.

It should be noted that the Israeli occupation authorities justified the operation on the claim that the targeted structures are founded nearby the bypass road no. 505 and that they were previously notified of demolition.

The structures were reported owned by citizen Iyad Abu Si'n, who makes living for a six member family including four children.

 It should be  also noted that the targeted restaurant was established four years ago and was repeatedly attacked and targeted by the occupation.

With Ariel colony from the south and west and Tapuah colony from the east, Marda village is most targeted by the occupation army. Not only, the villages only two entrances are controlled by gates that are in hands of Israeli Occupation Forces. 

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About Marda:

Marda is located 4 km to the northeast of Salfit city and is edged by Jamma'in village from the north,  Kifl Haris village from the west, Yasuf village from the east and Ariel colony from the south.

Its population mounts up to 2568 people (2014 census). Marda 's total land area is 8816 dunums, of which350 dunums are considered the village's built-up area.

Israeli colonies confiscated 2537 dunums from Marda lands. Ariel colony that was established in 1978 got the biggest share from confiscated lands. It is now home for 16053 colonists.

Bypass road no. 505 confiscated around 261 dunums from the village.

The lands of Marda are classified according to Oslo Accords as the following:

  • 1458 dunums (13%) are classified as area B
  • 7358 dunums (83%) are classified as area C

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.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition