New expansionist master plan for Negohot colony at the expense of Hebron lands

New expansionist master plan for Negohot colony at the expense of Hebron lands

The so-called Israeli Planning Sub-Committee deposited a new master plan for the construction of new residential units and roads in Negohot colony, which is established on confiscated lands from Dura village, west Hebron governorate.

The plan number A\1\521 was featured on the webpage of Israel Ministry of Interior on February 14, 2018. It targets 291 dunums and aims to change the use of lands from agricultural to residential.

Photo 1: the featured plan

Photos 2-4: parts of the plan

Reportedly, the plan targets some lands from the natural block number 21 in Fuqeiqis and number 4 from Um Hadhwa location.

Objectives of the plan:                

  • Organizing stage A of the colony's development
  • Changing the use of lands from agricultural and roads to residential areas (A &B), commercial spots, architectural buildings, open areas and new roads
  • Specifying the uses of areas designated for construction 
  • Specifying the instructions and limits of construction within the plan
  • Specifying the instructions of building plan preparation
  • Specifying the conditions of obtaining building permits

The following table shows information about the facilities and roads that will established:




No. of units


Residential units A




Residential units B




Buildings and educational facilities




Stores and public institutions



Labor area



Architectural areas



Open areas



Parking areas



Open spaces



Existing roads



Proposed roads



Roads with landscape




It is envisioned that the plan will link Negohot colony to Mirshalem outpost and annex the southern mountain that is in face of these colonies.


Land Research Center sees Israel continuous expansion on colonies in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinian and lands a flagrant violation of Human Rights and all international laws and conventions, which prohibit disposition of public properties in occupied countries.


UN Security Council resolutions in regard to Israeli colonies:

UN Security Council resolution 446, article 3 "           Calls once more upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories;"


  • Un Security Council resolution 452, article 3"Calls upon the Government and people of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem;"


  • Un Security Council resolution 465, 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;


Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories;


  • Un Security Council resolution  242, Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

    (i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
    (ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;



Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land. The Hague, 18 October 1907.

Article 46. Private property cannot be confiscated. 

Article 55: The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct. 


Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

  • Art. 49. 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.



  • Art. 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.
  • Art. 147. Grave breaches to which the preceding Article relates shall be those involving any of the following acts, if committed against persons or
    property protected by the present Convention: wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center