The Israeli Occupation Authorities to demolish a prisoner’s residence on “security claim” in Jenin governorate

The Israeli Occupation Authorities  to demolish a prisoner’s residence on “security claim” in Jenin governorate

Violation: demolition threat  

Location:  Qabatiya town- Jenin

Date:  October 25 , 2017

Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Forces 

Victims:  family of prisoner Zaid Abu Rub



In the morning of Wednesday, October 25 , 2017 a massive force from the occupation army accompanied by a special team of explosives raided Qabatiya town and took measurements for the house of family of prisoner Zaid Abu Rub , in pre-step to detonate it.

According to the military order delivered to the family, the affected family was given a deadline until October 31, 2017 to object to the demolition.

The family filed a plea to halt the demolition but Israel Supreme Court rejected it and validated the demolition to take place on November 22, 2017.

Reportedly, the house is a one-story residence with a total area of 120m2. It is home for five member family including the prisoner's parents and brothers.

Photos 1-2: the threatened residence

Photos 3-5: the military order of demolition

In the same context, Israeli Occupation Forces notified the house of citizen Tawfiq Kamil of demolition. The two story house is of 280m2 in area. The reason the occupation notified the house is that the family of prisoner Abu Rub leased the house from the owner, who later objected to the order and managed to halt the demolition order.


Reportedly, the Israeli Occupation Forces demolished in 2016 four houses in Qabatiya town on "security claims".


It should be marked that the order was issued in reference to the British Emergency Law for the year 1945, taking into consideration that this law was abolished. “Confiscation and demolition” according to article 119 of the law indicates that it is not allowed to re-construct in the demolition location. The body of the article is as follows:

Regulation 119 of the Defence (Emergency) Regulations, 1945


Regulation 119 – Forfeiture and demolition of property, etc. 119.

 the Government of Palestine of any house, structure, or land from which he has reason to suspect that any firearm has been illegally discharged, or any bomb, grenade or explosive or incendiary article illegally thrown, or of any house, structure or land situated in any area, town, village, quarter or street the inhabitants or some of the inhabitants of which he is satisfied have committed, or attempted to commit, or abetted the commission of, or been accessories after the fact to the commission of, any offence against these Regulations involving violence or intimidation or any Military Court offence ; and when any house, structure or land is forfeited as aforesaid, the Military Commander may destroy the house or the structure or anything on growing on the land.·  (1) A Military Commander may by order direct the forfeiture to

 acting under the authority of the Military Commander may seize and occupy, without compensation, any property in any such area, town, village, quarter or street as· (2) Members of His Majesty's forces or of the Police Force, is referred to in subregulation (1), after eviction without compensation, of the previous occupiers, if any.

Prepared by
 The Land Research Center