“Hagai” settlement goes under expansion

“Hagai” settlement goes under expansion


Wednesday 21st august 2019,  The Israeli occupation authorities announced authorizing organizational plan (517/1) for the expansion of “Hagai” settlement south Hebron.

The Israeli ministry of finance published the plan on its website , and explained that he plan will be activated in 15 days , from the announcement date.

The plan will occupy (169) dunums in natural block 8 of Al-Harayiq area, the occupation authorities claimed that the plot is managed by the responsible on government properties in West Bank, while in reality the plots are private properties for Palestinian Hebronites , confiscated by the occupation and transformed into a colonial reserve.

The organizational plan was applied by the Zionist movement. The occupation authorities released the plan in (15/4/2019 ) , giving 60 days for objections.

After reading the plan, 139 dunums are within the settlement’s organizational plan, while 30 dunums will be annexed for the expansion of the settlement, the expansion will be in the northern eastern area south bypass 60, the new block will overlook Qalqas village.

The plan aims to authorize and provide licenses for number of units and buildings. After completing the construction  , there will be 76 colonial units , in addition to working organizations , sports clubs, open areas , roads and other facilities.


Legal Feedback:

The continuous policy of the Israeli occupation authorities of confiscating Palestinian lands in order to build illegal random outposts and settlements can only be regarded as a violation of all  international conventions  and agreements like:

The Geneva Fourth convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in the times of war:

  • Security council resolution 242 year 1967:   Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict; and  Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territoial 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.
  • Security council resolution 446 year 1979:   Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;
  • Security council resolution   452 year 1979: the resolution once again denounced Israel’s settlement activities  in territories occupied in 1976 including (East) Jerusalem, this activity constituting a violation of the Fourth Geneva convention, and called on Israel to cease planning and construction of settlements
  • Security council resolution 465 year 1980: calls 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;
  • Security council resolution 478 year 1980:  Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions,Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.

Hague convention 1907 :

  • Article 46:  the occupying power must not confiscate Private property .
  • 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.

Geneva forth convention 1949:

  •  Article 49: The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies.
  • Article 55: 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.
  • Article 174:  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

Categories: Settlement Expansion