Two commercial installations demolished by the Israeli occupation authorities in Ya`bad town,  Jenin governorate

Two commercial installations demolished by the Israeli occupation authorities in Ya`bad town,  Jenin governorate


  • Violation: demolition of two commercial installations under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • Location: Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin.
  • Date of violation: Tuesday, 26/7/2022 AD.
  • The perpetrator: the so-called building inspector of the Israeli Civil Administration.
  • The affected party: the two citizens, Rawhi Ahmed Abdullah Atatreh and Muhammad Khaled Mustafa Atatreh.
  • The violation details:

 The Israeli occupation continues to target commercial installations located at the eastern entrance to the town of Yabad, Jenin governorate. The occupation army, in coordination with the so-called construction inspector of the “Civil” Administration, stormed the area on Tuesday morning, 26/07/2022 and demolished two commercial tin barracks located at that entrance, as they were newly constructed and are used for the purposes of selling hot and cold drinks to workers heading to their work places inside the Green Line.

Table 1: Demolition in Ya’bad town by the owner’s name, family members, area in m2 and type of installation:


Owner name

No. Fam. mem

Area m2

Type of installation

No. photo



Under 18

Rawhi Ahmed Abdullah Atatreh





A tin metal barrack which was used to sell hot and cold drinks

Mohamed Khaled Mustafa Atatreh





A tin metal barrack which was used to sell hot and cold drinks








For his part, citizen Rawhi Atatreh, 51 years old, gave the following account to LRC’s  the field researcher

” I haven’t received any recent notices of demolition and removal of my tin barrack as the occupation army claims. The act of demolition of my commercial installation by the Israeli occupation was the second of its kind as they had previously demolished another one in the same location. Despite all this, I am determined to get my commercial tin barrack re-built again at the same place as I haven’t got any other options to support my family”.

It is noteworthy that the citizen, Rawhi Atatreh, has already begun to establish another tin barrack next to the one that was demolished recently in a challenge of the occupation authorities who seek to get the area emptied of Palestinian presence.  Mr. Atatrah owns a taboo- title deed- for the piece of land on which he got the two tin barracks built and destroyed, nevertheless,  he feels that he has the full right to build again on his land without any dispute.

During the past three years, the occupation authorities demolished a number of commercial stands and shops, and gave other notices of demolition in the same place. This indicates the extent of the injustice practices directed against the Palestinians’ right to a dignified life on the land they own according to official papers.

The Land Research Center sees the demolition of Palestinian facilities and homes as a clear infringement and violation of all international laws, treaties and covenants, most notably:

  • Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that “Destruction and usurpation of property in a manner not justified by military necessity and on a large scale in an unlawful and arbitrary manner is a grave breaches of the convention.
  • Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1948 prohibits the destruction of property, as this article states the following: “The occupying power is prohibited from destroying any private, fixed or movable property related to individuals or groups, the state or public authorities, or social or cooperative organizations, unless the war operations inevitably require this destruction.
  • Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed.
  • Paragraph ‘g’ of Article 23 of the Hague Convention of 1907 AD also warned against destroying or seizing the enemy’s property, unless the necessities of war necessarily require such destruction or seizure.
  • Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dated December 10, 1948 states that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property”.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Demolition