Demolishing a wedding hall in Jubara /  Tulkarm Governorate

Demolishing a wedding hall in Jubara /  Tulkarm Governorate


  • Violation: demolishing a wedding hall.
  • Location: Jubara – south Tulkarm.
  • Date: Sept 23rd 2020.
  • Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Forces.
  • Victims: The family of Hanan Abu Jaber.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept 23rd 2020, the occupation bulldozers demolished a wedding hall in the village of Jubara, south Tulkarm, under the pretext of building without a license on a plot classified as “governmental property” according to the Occupation’s records.

The hall’s building is located on the main street at the village’s southern entrance, in an area known of Khallet Hamida, Natural block No. (2) of Jubara lands, noting that the site is located right next to the lands that are being bulldozed with the aim of establishing an Israeli industrial zone south Tulkarm, which in case implemented, will devour hundreds of dunams in Shoufa and Jabara.

​The hall has a total area 1400 m2, consists of two floors, and is already furnished with seats, audio system, air conditioning, and belongs to Hanan Abu Jaber from Kafr Qasim.

It is estimated that Hanan’s loss reached 3 million shekels, as the occupation did not allow any piece of furniture or even electrical appliances to be taken from the hall before demolition.

Photos 1-5: The rubble of the targeted building

Mustafa Al-Aboushi from Jubara village council told LRC:

“Early 2018, Hanan Abu Jaber and her family built a wedding hole on a plot located to the south of Jubara , in order to provide a source of income for the family, in April 2019 the occupation authorities issued a halt of work notice against the structures . in May 2019 , the Building Subcommittee refused the license application filed by the owner. However, after several sessions, the court gave another 40 days to consider the license application, but on the ground the occupation forces implemented the demolition in Sept 23rd , ignoring the court’s extension period.”

During the past three years, the occupation demolished more than four houses and agricultural rooms at the same location, in an area known of (Khalat Hamida), it is revealed that the occupation in planning to build that new industrial area in Khalat Hamida , which explains the demolition operations being carried out at the area.

About Jubara[1]

7 km to the south of Tulkarem city , Jubara is border by Faro’un village (north), occupied territories of 1948 (west), Shofa village (east), Kafl Al-Jamal and Flamiy (south) . Its population mounts to 313 according to 2017 census.

Families of the town: Jubara, Mahmoud, Awad and Odeh. The town has a total area of 46,914 dunums , of which 73 dunums are the town’s built up area.

Israeli settlements devoured 1068 dunums of the town’s land:

  • Sal’it settlement (1977)  devourd 921 dunums and populated 441 settlers.
  • Ya’arit devoured 147 dunums.

The segregation wall devoured 1531 dunums, and isolated 12,212 dunums.

Oslo conventions divided Jubara into B and C areas:

  • B area : 29862 dunums.
  • C area: 17052 dunums.

The Occupation Authorities demolition of Palestinian structures is a violation of international conventions and agreements, such as:

Article 147 of Geneva fourth convention: extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly. ( it is considered a serious violation of the convention)

Article 53 of Geneva fourth convention that forbids destroying properties : 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 co-operative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.

Article 33 of Geneva fourth convention: No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed.

Article 32 of Hague convention 1907 part g: To destroy or seize the enemy’s property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war.

Article 17 of Universal declaration of human rights 10Dec- 1948:  No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

[1]GIS – LRC


Categories: Demolition