Demolition of residential and agricultural constructions in Khirbet Al-Hadidiya / Tubas

Demolition of residential and agricultural constructions in Khirbet Al-Hadidiya / Tubas


  • Violation: Demolition of agricultural and residential constructions.
  • Location: Khirbet Al-Hadidiya , Northern Jordan Valley.
  • Date: 11- October -2018.
  • Perpetrators:  The occupation forces.
  • Victims : Omar Aref Bosharat family.


Early on thursday, 11 December 2017 , Al- Hadidiya residents woke up on the voices of the occupation machines while penetrating the town, The occupation forces declared the town  a closed military zone before they started demolishing 3 residents , an agricultural baracks and an  agricultural tent under the allegation of building without permissions.

It is worth mentioning that the occupation didn't give Al-Bsharat family time to take out any of their properties or clothes and destroyed the residents and agricultural constructions and everything inside them. 

Omar Aref Al-Bsharat(56) owner of the constructions , told LRC observer:  (( I have been living in Al-Hadidiya for more than 25 years, cattle breeding is the families' source of income, the Family consists of his three wives and 8 sons , 4 of them are children, And I had another one who is a martyr in the second Intifada (Al Aqsa) 2001.

Even though I have legal Tabu( Ottoman document proves that a person owns a land)  , the occupation demolished my residents and barns  5 times since 2001, In the middle of 2017, I got a precautionary decree from what is so called the Israeli supreme court to stop the demolition of my construction, as I am working on getting the permissions to build and documents that prove I own the land . But this morning I was completely surprised when the occupation forces came by and completely destroyed my properties without notice, and my family were expelled outside under the heat of the day and the extreme cold of the night.

Field observation shows the following damages:

  • Demolition of 3 agricultural barracks built of zinc, his three wives each one lives in a barracks, the total space is about 45 m2 .
  • Demolition of an agricultural barracks that used to consist of 260 sheep, a total space of 450 m2 .
  • Demolition of a 40 m2 tent that was used as a store place.
  • Demolition of a plastic water tank (1 cup and a half)


Picture 1-8: Al-Bsharat constructions that were demolished by the occupation.


Khirbet Al-Hadidiya:

Khirbet Al-Hadidiya is part of Al-Malih town and the Bedouin communities  . About  33 km from Tubas , Khirbet Al-Hadidiya has a population of 100.  their main source of income is agriculture and cattle breeding. People of Khirbet Al-Hadidiya are originally from Al-Bsharat and Bani Odeh Families from Tammun town in Tubas, these families live in the lands to work in agriculture and cattle breeding, The occupation forces carried out mass demolition in Al-Hadidiya many times in the last 5 years.

Pictures 9-10: Khirbet Al-Hadidiya and the surrounding lands (closed military zone).


International Conventions and agreements pertaining to house and residents demolition:

 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 17: " (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property."

The 1907 the Hague Convention

 Article 23: " 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."

The Geneva Fourth convention

Article 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."

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:

Article 11.1 states: "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. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right, recognizing to this effect the essential importance of international co-operation based on free consent".

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

 Article 1 states: "1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.

3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations."




Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Demolition