Demolishing a Residence in Khirbet Al-Faraseen / Jenin Governorate

Demolishing a Residence in Khirbet Al-Faraseen / Jenin Governorate


  • Violation: Demolition of a residence on the pretext of building without a license.
  • Location: Khirbet Al-Fareseen southwest Jenin.
  • Date: August 23rd 2022.
  • Perpetrators: The Building inspector at the Israeli Civil Administration.
  • Victims: Family of citizen Saleh ‘Amarna.


The Israeli Occupation forces accompanied by the building inspector at the Israeli Civil Administration raided Khirbet Al-Fareseen south east Jenin in August 23rd 2022 , their bulldozers implemented a demolition operation on an agricultural structure built of bricks and zinc with a total area of 69 m2 , that belongs to citizen Saleh ‘Amarna from the village.

The affected citizen supports a family of 8 , among them 3 females and 6 children.

The owner told LRC the following:

“I depend on agriculture and cattle breeding to provide for my family, and I have been living in Khirbet Al-Fareseen for more than35 years , and on Thursday I was surprised when the occupation authorities raided the area , and leveled the house to the ground . We could not take any of our properties from the house , and my children were thrown to the street , and the house was rapidly demolished and now we are on the road without the house.”

‘Amarneh received a halt of work military notice in January 2019 , but as a result of Israeli Arbitrary policies the application was refused and now the house is completely destroyed.

Khirbet Al-Fareseen received a number of military notices , about 35 residential and agricultural structures, an electricity network , and roads were all targeted in several ways by the occupation.

Khirbet Al-Fareseen is located to the northwest of Quffin village about 8 km away , they have been living in the area for tens of years. The Khirbet lands are in natural block 6 piece 1 of Quffin village lands . However, administratively , the village is related to Jenin governorate, most of the village lands are registered as Tabu Papers, and the village has a population of (300 people) who depend on agriculture and cattle breeding as a main source of income , the village main families are : ‘Amarna , Harsha , Turkman, ‘Obaid.


Legal Commentary:

The demolition of Palestinian homes and installations by the occupation authorities is part of their violations of international and humanitarian law, and the violation of the right to adequate housing for Palestinian citizens guaranteed by international law and international treaties presented by the following articles:

Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dated December 10, 1948 states that “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property”.

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.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center


Categories: Demolition