Israeli Occupation Forces notify under construction school of Stop-work in Bethlehem

Israeli Occupation Forces notify under construction school of Stop-work in Bethlehem


  • Violation: issuing stop-work order
  • Location:  Beit Ta'mar- Bethlehem
  • Date: April 19, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
  • Victims:  Jib Al-Dheeb school


Israel Civil Administration notified on April 19, 2017 an under construction school of stop-work in the area of Beit Ta'mar in Bethlehem on the claim of "unlicensed construction". Members of Zawahreh family donated a parcel of land to the village council in order to build a new school for the area known as Jib Al-Dheeb to support the educational sector in the village.

Unfortunately, the occupation issued a stop-work order halting the construction works on the school. Noteworthy, the order mentioned that the Inspection Sub-Committee of Israel Civil Administration will consider whether to demolish the structure or restore its previous status during its coming session on May 17, 2017.

Such Israeli measure is considered a blatant violation of Human Rights. The right to education is reflected in international law in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Article 26 states, "Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory

Photo 1: the stop-work order served on the school

Photo 2: the foundation, on which the school was intended to be built


Beit Ta'mar:

5km to the southeast of Bethlehem, Beit Ta'mar is edged by Breid'a and Hindaza from the north,  Janata area from the west and Za'tra town from the east.

With a total land area of 40077 dunums, of which 116 dunums are the town's built-up area, Beit Ta'mar is home for 1568 people (2014 census).

The Israeli occupation confiscated 260 dunums from the town  to construct the following:

  1. Al David colony that was established in 1999 on 65 confiscCated dunums.
  2. The bypass road that is opened on 185 confiscated dunums
  3. A military camp that is set up on a 10 dunum area

According to the lands classifications of Oslo Accords, the lands of Beit Ta'mar are categorized as follows:

  • 742 dunums are classified as area A
  • 1601 dunums are classified as area B
  • 1734 dunums are classified as area C


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Military Orders