The Israeli occupation demolishes residences and confiscates other in Yatta town

The Israeli occupation demolishes residences and confiscates other in Yatta town


  • Violation:  demolition and confiscation of structures
  • Date: January 31, 2018
  • Location:  er-Refa'ia village/ Yatta
  • Perpetrators: Israel Civil Administration and army
  • Victims:  Citizen Osama Raba'i



The Israeli Occupation Forces on January 31, 2018 demolished and confiscated a residence belonging to citizens Osama Raba'i from Yatta town in Hebron governorate.

Citizen Raba'i(35) asserted that a massive force from Israel Civil Administration ,army troops and Border Police accompanied by a truck and a winch came to the citizen's place and vacated the interior of his structures before they demolished it.

The affected citizen said that the demolition lasted for four hours. The force workers cut down the metal poles and the tin roof and loaded them onto the truck after delivering a " confiscation notice" for the owners.



Photos 1-5: view of the demolition operation


Reportedly, the demolished metal slabs structure is 75m2 in area and was built in late 2017 to become home for Osama's four member family including two children.  Noteworthy, Osama and his family lived in a rented house (2000 NIS) for years before building the new structure above his father's house. Now, the whole family live in a rented house again.

Raba'i pointed out that the demolition took place without any previous warning and\or notices.

Raba'i also asserted the force confiscated a truck for construction material and was moved to Kfar Zion colony. The truck was served a $4000 fine.

Land Research Center LRC sees that demolitions contradict with all the International conventions and Humanitarian laws including:

 Article 17 of the (1948) Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating: “Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

Section ‹G› of article 23 of the (1907) The Hague Conventions asserting: “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.”

Article 53 of the Geneva Fourth Convention (1948) declaring: “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.”

Section 1, Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966): “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.



Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Demolition