Halt of Work Notice targets “Dar Ad-Darb” Location in Qarawat Bani Hassan town / Salfit Governorate

Halt of Work Notice targets “Dar Ad-Darb” Location in Qarawat Bani Hassan town / Salfit Governorate


  • Violation: Halt of work notice targets rehabilitation works at an Archeological Site.
  • Location: Qarawat Bani Husan town / Salfit Governorate.
  • Date: October 4th 2021.
  • Perpetrators: The building inspector at the Israeli Civil Administration.
  • Victims: People of the town.


Monday, October 4th 2021, the Israeli Occupation forces accompanied by the building inspector at the Israeli Civil Administration raided the archeological area of Dar Ad-Darb to the east of Qarawat Bani Hassan west Salfit , and served a halt of work notice for rehabilitation work at the location.

The military order is numbered (740) and claims that Qarawat Bani Hassan municipality is carrying out destructions at an archeological site.

Photos 1-3: The Archeological site of Dar Ad-Darb

Photo 4: The Occupation notice that targets the location

Head of Qarawat Bani Hassan municipality Ibrahim ‘Assi told LRC:

“During this September, Qarawat Bani Hassan municipality established a park on a 2 dunums plot that has a historical significance, and started a campaign to clean the area to attract terrorists to this significant location. However, not much time had passed before The Occupation forces showed up and served a halt of work notice on the pretext of destroying archaeologies.”

Noteworthy, Dar Ad-darb location is one of the town’s most important historical sites. the location contains Roman Rock-cut graves, in addition to inscriptions, ancient pillars and seats, which are evidence of the ancient civilization that lived at the area, the municipality is establishing a park next to these historical significances to allow people to enjoy them.

In reality, the issue is not about protecting archeological sites from destruction, but it is about prohibiting Palestinians from embracing the historical identity and importance of their own land. The Occupation also wants to shows its control over area C , through prohibiting Palestinians from using their lands at the area in any price.

At the time the occupation authorities issues notices against Palestinians under claims of protecting archeological sites, the Occupation forces destroyed the ancient Khirbet of Umm Aj-Jamal that was built in the roman era and located in Al-‘Eizariya town. they also demolished The Shepard hotel – an ancient hotel in Ash-Shaikh Jarrah village to build colonial units , and viciously demolished the archeological village of Deir Sama’an in Salfit , in addition to the ongoing expansions of Leshem colony on Palestinian archeological lands , and many other violations that show the occupation’s arbitrary policies.

Qarawat Bani Hassan:[1]

The village of Qarawat Bani Hassan is located 12 km northwest of the city of Salfit, and is bordered to the north by the village of Deir Istiya, to the west by the village of Bidya, to the east by the villages of Deir Istiya and Haris, and to the south by the village of Sarta.

Its population is 5513 people according to 2017 census. Its total area is 9,443 dunums, of which 565 dunums are built-up area of the village. The Israeli settlements confiscated an area of 324 dunums of the village’s lands, as followed:

  • 144 dunums for the construction of the settlement of Barkan which was established in 1981 and I inhabited now by 1981 settler;
  • 180 dunums for the building of Kiriyat Netavim settlement established in 1982 and inhabited by 891 settlers.

Moreover, 129 dunums were captured for the construction of settlement bypass rad No. 5o5.

The village Land classifications according to the Oslo Agreement:

  • Areas classified as B (849) dunums.
  • Areas classified as (8,594) dunums.





Prepared by
 The Land Research Center

Categories: Military Orders