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

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


  • Violation: demolition threat
  • Location:  Qabatiya town- Jenin
  • Date:  December 26, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces 
  • Victims:  family of prisoner Yousef Kamil



At the early hours of December 26, 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces  raided the eastern neighborhood of Qabatiya town in Jenin and took delivered the family of prisoner Yousef Kamil (21) a written notice with the decision of Israel Central Command to completely demolish the house on "security claim".

According to the orders, the affected owners were given a ten day deadline to file objection to the Israel Central  Command.

Reportedly, the targeted house is 145m2 and is composed of two floors (four apartments), where the four brothers of the prisoners and their families live. The targeted apartment is founded in the second floor and is home to the prisoner's parents and four brothers. 


Photos 1-2: the threatened residence


The military notice

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Occupation Forces demolished four residences in Qabatiya on "security claim". The residences belong to families of Palestinians  prisoners or alleged attackers, who as a matter of fact, get killed after attacks.

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.

  (1) A Military Commander may by order direct the forfeiture to 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.

 (2) Members of His Majesty's forces or of the Police Force, 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 is referred to in subregulation (1), after eviction without compensation, of the previous occupiers, if any.

Land Research Center sees the vicious attack on Palestinian buildings  as a collective punishment against the families of martyrs and prisoners.  The occupation seeks to traumatize and humiliate Palestinian families through such practices.

The Israeli government claims such orders to be deterrent for Palestinians who carry out stabbing or killing attacks.  Such attacks come in response for colonists’ attacks on Palestinians, the latest of which was represented in torching a family alive, not mentioning running over kids and women,  attacks on trees (torching , cutting down, robbing) and lands confiscation.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Demolition