A Land Seizure orders targets the lands of Beit Sahour city <>

A Land Seizure orders targets the lands of Beit Sahour city <<The Ush Ghurab Site>>

On the 19th of January 2018, the Israeli Occupation Army (IOA) served Beit Sahour Municipality a new military order named ‘Land Seizure Order No. (17/35/T) which stipulates the confiscation of 1.344 dunums of lands of Beit Sahour city to rehabilitate and expand a military road for the use of the Israeli Army and settlers in Ush Ghurab area east of Beit Sahour. A copy of the military order is attached below


The following is a translation of the Israeli land seizure order no. (17/35/T): 

Israeli Defense Army

Land Seizure Order # (17/35/T)

According to my jurisdictions as a Military Chief Commander in the Region of Judea and Samaria, and as I believe that it is imperative for military purposes, I order the following: 

Key Terms 

1. In This Order: 

  • ''Map''– Map drawing scale of 1/ 3,500 signed by myself and considered inseparable part of the order at hand. 
  • The Lands : An area of land size of 1.344 dunums marked in red in the map illustrating the  land to be seized



Area (dunums)

Land Area

Block No.


670 m





Al Beida


Wad Hilwa

Beit Sahour



Note: 0.142 dunums of seized land comes part of a previously issued Israeli Land seizure  order No. 02/04/H as shown in the map

Land Seize

2. I declare that the above-mentioned lands seized for military purposes.


3. The Israeli Defense Army declares absolute possession of stated lands and authorizes it to the land officer at the central command headquarters under the Ministry of Defense.

 Compensation Inquiries 

4. For inquiries regarding compensations, the landowners are to contact the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem.


5. Copies of the order at hand are to be delivered to the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem who will in its turn pass the order on to the landowners. 


6 (A)-1: All means to notify the Landowners of the land seizure; either through the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem or other mean is considered valid.

 6 (A)-2: A tour/ meeting will be arranged through the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem to tour the designated land.  

6 (B) Copies of the order at hand along with the attached map are to be located at the following places for public reference:

  • District Coordination Offices (DCO) in Bethlehem
  • Offices of the Judicial Advisor for the Region of Judea and Samaria
  • Office of the Ministry of Defense delegation officer at the civil administration
  • Office of the Chief of Infrastructure at the Israeli Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
  • Office of the Absentee and public lands contact officer at the civil administration.

7. land owner are entitled to file an objection regarding the seizure order to the legal counselor through the District Coordination Office (DCO) in Bethlehem within 7 days of the tour (6 (A)-2) Above .

8.  The order will go in effect at the time of its signing to December 31, 2019

9. The order at hand will be identified as ''Land Seize Order # 17/35/T (Judea and Samaria) 2017-5777''. 

Roni Nomeh

Chief Commander of the Israel Defense Forces in Judea & Samaria


Analysis conducted by the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) of the attached military order map showed that the Israeli Occupation Army is planning to rehabilitate and expand a 0.670 km long road which runs from Ush Ghurab military site east of Beit Sahour and connects with the Israeli bypass No. 398 . See Map 1

Map 1: The Israeli Military Order No. 17/35/T


The rehabilitation of the road will further increase Israel’s control over the area and hints that Israel has no plans to relinquish or abandon the site or give it up to Palestinians for whatever purpose.

Additionally, several demonstrations and activities were held by different Israeli settlers groups during the past years in an attempt to re-occupy the site and build a Jewish community there after it was evacuated back in April 2006. A detailed report about Ush Ghurab site can be read HERE .


Prepared By  
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem

Categories: Military Orders