The Israeli “civil administration” (המנהל האזרחי) was established in the occupied territories by the israeli military occupation in 1967 with the express purpose of changing the geography and the demography of Palestine. It was established on private Palestinian properties located on the highest hills on lands belonging to the historical villages of Betin, Al-Bireh and Dora Al- Qare’a west of Ramallah. The land has fertile soil and several natural springs. With the land theft and implantation of the “civil administration”, the name the old Biten hill was renamed to “Bethel” and “Beit Ell” (or “Beit Il”). This was done by the jewish invaders to support their claim that “God promised the land to the Prophet Ibrahim” (and by extension “gave” it to them). To give strengthen their claim, the place was renamed as “God's house”, or “Beit-Assad”, what means “House of the Lion”, in reference to an obscure place named in the Torah. The zionist colonists believe that “the village of the house of gods” was founded and built on the ruins of a village on the borders of the “Kingdom of Judea” and the “Kingdom of Israel”, in Hebrew “house of gods”.
In the legal field, this colonial office, the “civil administration”, would operate by imposing on the Palestinian population, among others, the obsolete and dictatorial laws of the Ottoman empire and their military occupation, the dictatorial Jordanian laws, the British colonial laws, and by interpreting israeli laws in unfavorable ways whenever Palestinians were concerned. “Legality” and “law” concerns the “civil administration” only if and insofar as it is useful to further their purpose of existence, namely the wholesale plunder of all the Palestinian natural resources such as water, minerals, natural resources etc, and implementing wholesale ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinians.
One example of their modus operandi is the issuance of “military orders” which confiscate Palestinian agricultural lands, mandate uprooting trees, demolishing homes and even leveling whole cities, towns, and villages to the ground. These destroyed and depopulated areas are later used to build zionist jewish colonists, all “legalized” by orders from this same “civil administration” under the guise of and justified by disingenuous phrases such as “coordinating and administering civilian and humanitarian Palestinian issues in the occupied territories” or “administration of civil and humanitarian missions” or by changing the name of the Palestinian occupied territories into “Judea & Samaria”. In truth, all the missions of the “civil administration” are of plunder, genocide, ecocide, mass murder, rape and even petty theft.
As Palestinians, we see the principle of falsifying history to justify plunder and ethnic cleansing by changing the name of the place to something with a pious ring to it, we see how the demography of a place is changed according to the will of fundamentalists rabbis. Beit Ell, this “house of gods” of the zionist occupation, the military colonial authority, is a court where iniquity is dispensed, a jail, a house of racism and racist hatred, of brutality and inhumanity, a house where the Palestinian prisoners are customarily tortured, beaten, raped, incarcerated, humiliated, insulted, demeaned, used for medical experiments, drugged, poisoned, starved, murdered. To call such a dark place “house of gods” gives a revealing insight into the depraved minds of these criminals, it shines a glaring light on everything zionism and israel are all about and what they consider sacred – it is the clearest evidence that israel is the antithesis of everything human, more even than the hate-crazed decrees of so many israeli rabbis, which declare that non-jews are worth less than beasts and can be killed at leisure.
The “civil administration” is a military branch of the Israeli war ministry - they call it “ministry of defense”, probably as an allusion to George Orwell, who in his famous novel, “1984” gave the ministry in charge of torture the name of “Ministry of Love”. In 1995 the “civil administration” was renamed to “DCL office”, which operates in the occupied territories in cities of the West Bank. In Hebron, the office is located on stolen lands on Jabal Manouh and Khallet el-dir. In Bethlehem the office is located at the Etzion colony. In Ramallah the office is Beit El. In Jenin, the office is located near the Salem village. In Nablus, the office is located near the Howara village south of the city. For Tulkarem and Qalqilyah I don't know the locations. For Gaza there are two offices, located at the Erez crossing and at Karam Salem.