Israeli colonists take over a hilltop to establish new outpost

Israeli colonists take over a hilltop to establish new outpost


  • Violation: establishing a new outpost
  • Location:  Al-Suwweideh hamlet- Bardala village
  • Date:  May 09, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Shadmot Mehola colonists
  • Victims: residents of Palestinian Jordan Valley


Israeli colonists of Shadmot Mehola took over a piece of land six hundred meters to the south of the colony in a step to establish new outpost in the area.

According to field follow-ups, colonists were reported to set up a tent and the occupation provided the location with water, electricity and around the clock protection. Such a step threatens the stability of the area, taking into account that the area on which the tent is founded is a depopulated Palestinian village in 196.

It should be noted that Al-Suwweideh hamlet totals 280 dunums from the Palestinian Jordan Valley. The Israeli occupation is likely to gradually take over the area to expand on it.

It is reported that the establishment of this outpost is a continuation of a plan started in October 2016, through which an outpost was established in Khallet Hamad area by Sal'it colonists and another outpost was established in Khirbet AL-Mazkouh by Maskiyyot colonists.

Photos 1-2: the new outpost on Bardala lands

  It should be also marked that the Israeli government , over the past couple of years,  ratified a expansion plans for a number of colonies located in the heart of the Palestinian Jordan Valley. This step came to attract more Jewish investors in the area and to revive the economy of the nearby colonies namely (Shadmot Mehola, Yafit Avrid Yeriho, and Maskiyyot). Noteworthy, the Israeli occupation attempts to transform the aforementioned colonies into great colonial bases, from which massive land takeover starts.

Land Research Center sees Israel continuous expansion on colonies in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinians 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

Categories: Settlers Attacks