Halt of Work Notices for Houses and Facilities in “Umm Ar-Rashash” area / Ramallah governorate

Halt of Work Notices for Houses and Facilities in “Umm Ar-Rashash” area / Ramallah governorate


  • Violation: Halt of Work Notices.
  • Location: Umm Ar-Rashash – Al-Mughayyir village / Ramallah governorate.
  • Date: February 25th 2020.
  • Perpetrator: The Israeli Occupation Civil Administration.
  • Victims: four families from Az-Zawahra clan.


Tuesday 25th 2020, An army force accompanied by the so called Israeli civil administration raided Umm Ar-Rashash area northwest Al-Mughayyir village in Ramallah governorate , and gave 4 families from Az-Zawahra clan halt of work notices on the pretext of building without a license.

According to the notices, the Occupation set March 18th 2020 , as the date of the subcommittee session in Beit El military court to decide the fate of the structure.

The notice stated that the owners may apply for a license before the session, which may or may not be approved.

Az-Zawahra and Al-Ka’abneh Bedouin communities in an area known as ‘Ein Ar-Rashash” are living in very hard conditions, the occupation is prohibiting the community from electricity supply or even building infrastructure, and most of the area’s residents live in houses of canvas and steel sheets most of them were built 30 years ago , most people of the community where born there , which gives the area a special status in their hearts.

Photos 1-3: The targeted community

The community is surrounded by three Israeli colonies ( Kedah, Bayt Ha’adom, ‘Adei Ad) , in addition to a nearby military camp known as Jaba’et  , the later participates in imposing facts on the ground and protecting colonists while they carry out attacks against farmers and farmlands.

The Following table shows more information about the targeted facilities:

Affected citizen

Family members

Heads of sheep

Area m2

The targeted facilities

Military order number

Suliman Az-Zawahra




–         Two residential tent (45 m2 for each)


–         Tents used as barns (60+82 m2)

–         Tents for feeds 6 m2


‘Atta Az- Zawahra




–         Residential tent 45m2

–         Sheep tent 60 m2


Sa’ed Az- Zawahra




–         Residential tent 60m2

–         Sheep tent 9 m2

–         Sheep tent 60 m2

–         Tent used as a storage for feed 6 m2

Mahmoud Az-Zawahra




–         Residential tent 60m2

–         Sheep tent 60 m2

–         Tent used as a storage for feed 6 m2

–         Sheep tent 90 m2







Source: Firsthand field observation – Israeli Violations Monitoring Section – Land Research Center – February 2020

Khirbet ‘Ein Ar-Rashash is one of ten communities threatened of displacement and demolition on the pretext of building without a license , in 2018 the commu8nity was notified of forced displacement. Noting that the community is inhabited by 13 families (90 people) , The notices were preceded by a demolition operation in September 2015 . A human right operation objected on the decision related to demolition and eviction through a legal aid organization in the Israeli Supreme court , but in 2016 the Israeli supreme court had refused the petition.

In reality, it is not about licensing than it is about the Occupation’s intention to keep the Khirbet a reserve for future colonial expansionist projects.


Categories: Military Orders