Israel to house new colonist families in the Jordan Valley

Israel to house new colonist families in the Jordan Valley


  • Violation: housing twelve colonist family in the Jordan Valley
  • Location:  Al-Shuway'er area
  • Date:  January 03, 2018
  • Perpetrators: Settlements Council of Jordan Valley
  • Victims:  farmers from the area



The so-called Settlements Council of Jordan Valley lately embarked on housing twelve new colonist families in the colony known as "Brosh Ha Bik'a" that is adjacent to the Israeli bypass road no. 90. The target location is a Palestinian area called "Al-Shuway'er".

This step is reported to be an initiative to take over the Jordan Valley area, increase the number of colonists and decrease the number of Palestinians in there; a Judaization plan to annex the area the state of Israel.

"Brosh Ha Bik'a" was originally a Jordanian army camp established on "state lands". After the Israel occupied  Palestine in 1967, the camp was relative to the Israeli government and was later evacuated until late 2004.

Reportedly, Israeli Occupation Authorities declared on December 2017 the transformation of seven colonial outposts to approved colonies.


Photo 1: Brosh Ha Bik'a camp

Photo 2: a map illustrating the new colonies


Land Research Center LRC sees that land grab contradicts with all  of the International conventions and Humanitarian laws including:

  • Article 49 of Fourth Geneva Convention: " Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive".


  • Resolution 465 (1980) Adopted by the Security Council at its 2203rd meeting on 1 March 19805:
  1. Determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel's policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
  2. Strongly deplores the continuation and persistence of Israel in pursuing those policies and practices and calls upon the Government and people of Israel to rescind those measures, to dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.
  3. Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories.
  4. Requests the Commission to continue to examine the situation relating to settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, to investigate the reported serious depletion of natural resources, particularly the water resources, with a view to ensuring the protection of those important natural resources of the territories under occupation, and to keep under close scrutiny the implementation of the present resolution.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Settlement Expansion