Settlers steal 25 head of sheep from Khirbet Jaba’ait / Ramallah governorate

Settlers steal 25 head of sheep from Khirbet Jaba’ait / Ramallah governorate


  • Violation: Stealing a herd.
  • Location: Khirbet Jaba’ait/ Al-Mughayyir village – Ramallah governorate.
  • Date: March 4th 2020.
  • Perpetrator: settlers of “Jaba’ait” outpost.
  • Victims: Rancher Fadel Abu ‘Alya.


Wednesday night , March 2020 and while people of the Jaba’ait Bedouin community were asleep, a group of fanatic settlers sneaked into a nearby barn only 100 m from the Bedouin community of Khirbet Jaba’ait, and stole 25 head of sheep (aging 2-3 months), the sheep were taken to a new outpost in “Jaba’ait” evicted military camp.

The targeted  herd belongs to Rancher Fadel Abu ‘Alya who told LRC:

“Settlers made an outpost at the Jaba’ait  evicted military camp which was evicted in 2017 , and since then we suffer from their daily harassments , at Wednesday night they came to the community , sabotaged the fence of a barn and stole 25 new born sheep , we went to the “Ariel” police station to file a complaint , but nothing was done to stop the attacks from reoccurring.”

Photo 1: a copy of the complaint

Photos 2-4: the targeted barn

Noteworthy, Cattle breeding is the main source of income for this community that is composed of 56 people. Rancher Fadel Abu Alya supports a family of 9 and considers Cattle breeding a main source of income , the attack caused him a great financial loss.

“Khirbet Jaba’ait” is located to the east of Al-Mughayyir village in Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate , its residents are Bedouins and depend mainly on cattle breeding for living , the community has 56 residents from Abu ‘Alya family, they originally descend from Al-Mughayyir village. Three years ago the Israeli Occupation forces evicted a nearby military camp, rapidly settlers create a new outpost at the location since that day they have been harassing ranchers and Bedouins in order to push them to leave the area.

Photo 4: Khirbet Jaba’ait

Photo 5: Gavi’t military site is transferred into an agricultural outpost


Prepared by

 The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlers Attacks