On the pretext of Protecting Archaeologies, the Occupation Notifies a house in Al-Khader / Bethlehem Governorate

On the pretext of Protecting Archaeologies, the Occupation Notifies a house in Al-Khader / Bethlehem Governorate


  • Violation: Notice to halt destroying antiquities.
  • Location: Umm Ar-Rukba – Al-Khader town / Bethlehem governorate.
  • Date: January 25th 2021.
  • Perpetrator: The Israeli Occupation forces and Civil Administration.
  • Victim: Citizen Mohammed Salah.


Monday morning, January 25th 2021, the Israeli Occupation forces raided Umm Ar-Rukba area in Al-Khader Bethlehem, and served a notice to citizen Mohammed Salah on the pretext of breaching the area of an archeological site. The occupation targets Umm Ar-Rukba area continuously, Gevo’ut and Itamar colonies in Al-Khader and Irtas are expanding towards Umm Ar-Rukba area.

The Occupation is trying to find more excuses to halt Palestinians’ construction expansion on their own lands, sometimes the occupation claim that boys throw rocks from the area to prohibit citizens from reaching their farmlands.

The Party that issued the notice (the Civil Administration – Antiquities officer) ordered demolishing the building immediately on the pretext of building in an antiquities site, and threatened in case the owner failed to demolish the structure, a police complaint will be filed against him.

The Occupation authorities demolished several structures without any preceding notices, they used to give a period of 7 days before carrying out a demolition,  but since 2020 the occupation orders demolition immediately.

The following table shows more information about the targeted family:

Citizen name

Family members



Notice number

Mohammed Salah



Halting destroying antiquities


Notice number 00357 which targets a building

Photo 1: The targeted house

About Al-Khader village:[1]

Al-Khader village is located 4 km from the western side of Bethlehem, it is bordered by Beit Jala and Batir from the north, Hussan and Nahaleen villages from the west, Aldoha, Wadi Rahhal, Beit Jala villages from the east, and Wadi Al-Nees from the south. Its population is 11960 people in 2017. Its gross area is 8,279 donums; 184 of them are the construction area.

The Israeli colonies have despoils 29 donums from the village’s lands; two are colonies existed upon a part of the lands. The first one ” Efrat” was constructed in 1979 A.D; they have usurped 5.8 donums, and its population 7037 colonists. The second one ” Nafy Danial” eas constructed on 1982A.D; they have usurped 23 donums, and its population is 1073 colonists. A part of which is established upon the village’s lands.

The bypass roads number 60 and 375 also despoiled more than 487 donums. In addition to establishing the apartheid upon its lands which causes the demolishing of 280 donums and isolating of 5638 donums behind it. The length of this apartheid existing upon the village’s land is 2,805 meters.

The village’s lands are classified in accordance with Oslo concord into areas( A,B ,C). Area A composes 10% , Area B 6%, Area C is the greatest area and it is under the total occupation domination, and it composes 84% from the total area. The areas are clarified in donums as following:

Area A (808) donums.

AreaB (475) donums.

Area C(6,996) donums.




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