• Violation: Legalizing an outpost.
  • Location: An-Nuwe’ima village lands / Jericho governorate.
  • Date: 15/09/2019.
  • Perpetrator: The Israeli occupation government / the Cabinet.
  • Victims: Palestinian communities close to the outpost.


Netanyahu government ratified legalizing an outpost in An-Nuwei’ma lands in Jericho governorate and the Jordan Valley.

September 15 , The Israeli cabinet ratified legalizing “Mevo’ot Yeriho” outpost in the Jordan Valley , where an organizational plan will be put to enhance the settlement infrastructure, and retroactively legalize the outpost buildings.

Photos 1-3: “Mevo’ot Yeriho” outpost

Reportedly, “Mevo’ot Yeriho” was established in 1997 on lands allocated as an Israeli state property , only few hundred meters from A area . Mevo’ot Yeriho stands in the face of Palestinian natural demographic expansion , and during the recent few years , “Mevo’ot Yeriho” settlement have been imposing a great threat on lives of Palestinians in Arab Az-Zayed, they also closed access to number of postures , which directly affected life in the community , noting that people of Arab Az-Zayed depend mainly on animal husbandry for living.

“Mevo’ot Yeriho” is a wildcat outpost and its farmers practice agriculture especially date palm cultivation , it consists of wood and mobile houses and equipped with infrastructure , in July 2018 the outpost annexed 9 dunums of surrounding allocated as state property.

Mr.Sabah Rashid the responsible on colonization file in Jericho governorate told LRC reporter: “ in the recent years “Mevio’ot Yeriho”  received large support from the occupation government , now it controls over 75 dunums planted with palm trees and 24/7 protected by the occupation government.

What happened does not really change anything on the ground, in fact the outpost have been receiving support from the government way before legalization, this is only a move from Israeli government president to gain votes of extremists, Noteworthy, Likud chairman talks about annexing vast areas of the Jordan valley to “the Israeli state”.

Legal Feedback:

The constringing policy  by 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