JLAC prevents Israel to destroy Nablus road

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) managed to cancel a military order issued by the commander of the Israeli forces in the West Bank.

The military order stipulates the demolition and destruction of the road called "Al-Wadi Al-Shami" road in Asira Al-Qibliya village, south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

This came after intensive legal follow-up conducted by the center since October 2020, until the end of last week.

The road is very important to farmers and industrial interests in the region, especially the valuable stone industry, as it constitutes an important alternative to the passage of trucks from the center of the village, thus protecting residents from serious traffic accidents.

The road serves about 200 dunums of land planted with olives and about 30 industrial and economic workshops established in the area.

The demolition decision was issued on October 25, 2020, and it was decided at the time to immediately destroy most of the paved parts under the pretext of security grounds.

As a result, the village council and a number of landowners affected by the decision assigned the Jerusalem Center lawyer to follow up the file.

The legal department at the JLAC submitted the legal objection and the relevant evidence in record time and formal and objective legal defenses and others related to the rules of international humanitarian law were raised.

In parallel, the JLAC had sent many messages to a group of diplomatic missions, foreign and humanitarian institutions, and the UN operating in the Palestinian territories, calling on them to intervene and apply political and diplomatic pressure to stop the demolition process.

As a result, Israel returned to the demolition decision and did not renew it later, and this is what was stated by the Office of the Judicial Counselor of the Israeli Army, which was reported to the Center's lawyer, Wael Abdel-Rahim, who followed the file on February 19, 2021.

Source : Safa