Demolishing a water cistern and ravaging a 2 dunum plot in Bethlehem
Violation: demolishing a water cistern and leveling a piece of land
Location: al-Khadr village-Bethlehem
Perpetrators: Israeli occupation army
Victims: Citizen Hasan Subeih
A massive force from the Israeli occupation army accompanied by a military dozer on May 21, 2015 raided the area of Wad Abu Hasan in the Bethlehem village of al-Khadr and embarked on demolishing a water cistern that is built in a agricultural land; the plot is founded nearby the outpost Sidi Boaz. It should be marked that the owner of the cistern citizen Hasan Subeih has been previously served a stop-work order on his structure.
Also, the dozer ravaged a 2 dunum plot of agricultural land that is founded next to the demolished cistern (70m3). All grapes trees planted in the plot were uprooted as a result. Not only that, the dozer reached out a number of retaining walls and leveled them to the ground; this step came in favor of expanding the outposts located in al-Khadr village and connecting them to each other.
Noteworthy, all ravaging works carried out by the Israeli occupation in the area of al-Khadr are designated for the favor of expanding Israeli colonies namely (Efrat, Hatamar, Sidi Boaz, Hazatim, and Gavaot)
Photos 1+2: the demolition of the water cistern
Photos 3+4: the ravaging of the plot
Photo 5: the damaged lands due to the dozers making route to the targeted lands
Located 4 kilometer west of Bethlehem, Al Khadr village is surrounded by Beit Jala and Battir (north), Husan and Nahhalin (west), Ad Doha, Wadi Rahall, and Beit Jala (east), Wadi An Nais (south).
Al Khadr has a population of 9774 according to statistics conducted in 2007. It has a total area of 8279 dunums, 184 of which are built-up area.
The Israeli occupation confiscated 29 dunums of Al Khadr lands for Efrat and Daniel colonies. Efrat was built in 1979 and devoured 5.8 dunums of Al Khadr. It is inhabited by 7037 colonists. Daniel was built in 1982 and confiscated 23 dunums. 1073 colonists live in the colony.
Bypasses number 60 and 375 devoured more than 487 dunums. Not to mention the Apartheid Wall that destroyed 280 dunums and isolated 5638 dunums of the village. The Wall in Al Khadr is 2805 meters long.
According to Oslo Accords, 10% of Al Khadr is under Area A (PA has full civil and security control) while 6% is under Area B (PA is in charge of civil matters with Israel responsible for security). However, most of the village lands (84%) is under Area C (Israel maintains full security and administrative control). Here are the areas in dunums:
- Area A (808) dunums
- Area B (475) dunums
- Area C (6996) dunums
The Land Research Center