Stop-work orders on agricultural structures in Ghuwein hamlet in Hebron governorate

Stop-work orders on agricultural structures in Ghuwein hamlet in Hebron governorate


  • Violation: issuing stop-work orders
  • Location:  January 24, 2017
  • Date:  Ghuwein hamlet- Hebron governorate
  • Perpetrators: Israel Civil Administration
  • Victims:  citizen Shafiq Hawamdeh


Israeli Occupation Forces issued on January 24, 2017 a stop-work order, targeting the agricultural structure of citizen Shafiq Hawamdeh in Ghuwein hamlet, south Al-Samou' village in Hebron governorate.

Hawamdeh said that a vehicle relative to Israel Civil Administration arrived at the area and the inspector of the structures issued a military order of stop-work and hanged it on the targeted structure. Noteworthy, the inspector took photos of the structure before the force had left as an evidence to document the incident.

The orders assigned February 12, 2017 as the hearing session of the Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration in the court of Beit El colony to consider whether to demolish the targeted structure or restore its previous status.

Photo 1: the stop-work order

The targeted structure is a 300m2 metal slaps barrack that was built in 2016 to be used as animal shelter.

Photos 2+3: view of the targeted structure

It should be noted that Israeli Occupation Forces once notified the whole hamlet of Ghuwein of stop-work and demolition on the claim of "unlicensed construction".

About Ghuwein :

The village is located 6km south to Samu’ town and is considered part of it. It has a total population of 150 until 2014 of 14 families of Hawamdeh and Dghamin. The Khirbet is linked to Samu’s by a rough uneven agricultural rood that crosses the bypass road no.317. With no kind of services available in the Khirbet, villagers fully depend on plantation and animals breeding. From the west of Ghuwein, there is Shani Levni colony, and from the east there is al-Kharaneh area. As for the north; there is Samou’ and a bypass road where from the south; there is the apartheid wall which was founded on more than 1000 confiscated dunums of the village. 

The Khirbet underwent several assaults from the Israeli occupation that as a matter of fact has closed its main gates by dirt and blocks. In addition, the electricity network of the village was demolished as well.

Therefore, the resident of the village demanded on the human rights organizations to step in and stop the occupation activities against them as well to provide them with a new electricity network.

About Samou’:

The town is located 18km from the southern part of Hebron city. Form the north; there are Yatta town, Aziz, and al-Manather and from the east; there is Susya colony. Khirbet al-Harabeh and Ghuwein are there from the south.

The town has a population of 25340 people until 2014 and has a total area if 45250 dunums, 93 of which are the built-up area.

The Israeli occupation has confiscated 2786 dunums explained as follows:

  • 284 dunums were confiscated for the favor of the following colonies:
  • Shim’a colony that was established in 1985 with a population of 357 colonists confiscated 37 dunums.
  • Shale  Levni hat was established in 1989 with a population of 438 colonists confiscated 37dunums.
  • Ezlien colony that was established in 2004 confiscated 94 dunums.
  • The bypass roads no. 30, 317, 3178 confiscated 1610 dumums.
  • The apartheid road confiscated 892 dunums and segregated more than 1065 dunums. Noteworthy, the wall is of 18215m in length.

Smau’ roads, according to Oslo Accords, are classified as follows:

  • 12702 dunms are classified as area A
  • 9947dunums are classified as area B
  • 22479 dunums are classified as area C


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Military Orders