Israeli Occupation Forces close agricultural road west Haris village in Salfit governorate

Israeli Occupation Forces close agricultural road west Haris village in Salfit governorate


  • Violation: closing agricultural road
  • Location:  Haris village
  • Date: May 03, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces


 Israeli Occupation Forces on May 03, 2017 closed an agricultural road to the west of Haris village. Noteworthy, the road links the village to the colonial bypass road, which penetrates the area of Wad Qana in Salfit governorate.

Photo 1: the closed road of Haris


It should be noted that the targeted road serves 60 agricultural dunums of olive groves. It is also considered as passageway for many families in the area. It is reported that the closure policy Israeli Occupation Forces conduct in Palestinian areas is meant to harass residents as a collective punishment. It should also be noted that Haris village suffered from the closure policy, especially in the period between 2000-2008. The village got its western entrance and all agricultural roads closed by the occupation for over 8 years.

About Haris:

7km to the northwest of Salfit governorate, Haris is there with a total land area of 8769 dunum, of which 190 are the built-up area. Haris is surrounded by the villages of Deir Istiya from the north, Kifl Haris from the east, Kfar ad-Deek  and Bruqin from the southwest and Qarawat Bani Hassan from the west.

Haris has a total population of 3740 people according to the census of Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics for 2009. Those people relate to the following families: Abu Atta, Dawoud, Salamih, Sultan, Shihada, Souf, Faz', Awwad, Qasim, and Klaib

Land Research Center sees the closure as a restriction to the right to movement and that it contradicts all international conventions of related  such like :

The Universal Declaration of Human rights1948:

  • Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
  • Article 13:
  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

  • Article 7 prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
  •  Article 9 recognizes the rights to liberty and security of the person. It prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention, requires any deprivation of liberty to be according to law, and obliges parties to allow those deprived of their liberty to challenge their imprisonment through the courts


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Agriculture