Israel’s Occupation Forces  demolish three residences in Mid Jordan Valley

Israel’s Occupation Forces  demolish three residences in Mid Jordan Valley


Violation: demolition of homes

Location:  Jiftlik and Furush Beit Dajan areas

Date:  November 22, 2017

Perpetrators: Planning and Construction Committee- Israel Civil Administration

Victims:  three Palestinian families



 Israel's Occupation Forces  accompanied by a military bulldozer raided on November 22, 2017 the area known as "Abu Ajaj", east Jiftlik village and demolished a 90m2 metal slabs house owned by citizen Rajab Id'ais, who lives there with his seven member family including three children.

Reportedly, the demolished house was established two years ago and was served a stop-work order on April 2015 and a demolition order on July 2017 all on the claim of "unlicensed construction".

Photo 1: the demolished residence

In a not so far area from the demolition location, the Israeli bulldozers reached out a residential barrack and brought it down. The 60m2 demolished structures belongs to citizen Aisha Abu Iram; a female heading a three member family. The occupation claimed that the structure was notified of demolition since July 2017 but the family refuted the claim.

Photo 2: the demolished barrack

Demolition of barrack in Beit Dajan village:

In the same context, the doers of the occupation targeted the Nablus village of Furush Beit Dajan and demolished 90m2 residential barrack belonging to Tawfiq Hajj Mohmmad; a head of five member family including three children.

It should be noted that the demolished structure is located to the west of the village; it was established by the beginning of February 2017. The occupation claimed the structure "unlicensed" and thus demolished it.

Photo 3: the demolished residence

Noteworthy, Al-Jiftlik village witnesses constant Israeli attack s and violations of the right to proper housing.  The occupation keeps on issuing stop-work and demolition orders on the residences of the area in attempt to evacuate it from indigenous people.


Land Research Center sees in these demolitions a clear-cut breach of international conventions and covenants such like:

International Conventions and agreements call for the protection of Palestinians:

 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

  • Article 17:
  • Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property."

The 1907 the Hague Convention

  •  Article 23:

" In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden: To destroy or seize the enemy's property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war;"

The Geneva Fourth convention

  • Article 53:

"  Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:

  • Article 11.1 states:

 "The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right, recognizing to this effect the essential importance of international co-operation based on free consent".

Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Demolition