Activists protest planned West Bank demolition of Bedouin village

  • Activists protest planned West Bank demolition of Bedouin village

Activists protest planned West Bank demolition of Bedouin village

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the imminent plans by the Israeli army to raze Khan al-Ahmar and urged the worldwide community to act.

He said that demolishing the village of 173 residents, in the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, would be a violation of the Geneva convention, laying out the obligations of an occupier toward those under its control.

Israeli forces guard the access to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, as Israeli police claimed the village is a closed military area on July 5, 2018.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 35 Palestinians were wounded, including four who were hospitalised, during the events which took place on Wednesday at the Khan al-Ahmar village.

Police reported two arrests and said stones were thrown at officers.

"This is a vicious, barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators and they are trying to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar", he said.

Last May 24, following a long-running legal battle, Israeli judges at the high court allowed the civil administration to go ahead with the demolition of the community's homes and sole school at the pretext of unlicensed construction and to forcibly evacuate their residents to an area near the Abu Dis garbage dump.

Images showed bulldozers and heavy construction equipment belonging to CAT, JCB and Chinese company Liugong parked just outside the village.

Tel Aviv - Protesters clashed with Israeli Police on Wednesday at a Bedouin village in the West Bank that is slated for demolition by Israeli Authorities.

The companies did not respond to requests to comment at the time of writing.

The expulsion of several dozen Bedouin families from Khan al-Ahmar is seen as a precursor to future expansion of the Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim.

But activists say the villagers had little alternative but to build without Israeli construction permits, as the documents are nearly never issued to Palestinians for building in parts of the West Bank where Israel has full control over civilian affairs.

The people of Khan al-Ahmar have received worldwide support and solidarity.

"We have been living here since 1951". "If they destroy the village, we will build it again here or nearby".

Khan al-Ahmar is mainly made up of makeshift tin and wood structures, as is traditionally the case with Bedouin villages.

He warned that any forced relocation "could constitute forcible transfer of people as far as the United Nations is concerned".

France also slammed Israel's plans for the Palestinian community.

Abu Nuwwar is one of 45 Bedouin communities in al-Khan al-Ahmar, surrounded by several illegal colonies, and facing constant harassment, demolitions and complete destruction as part of Israel's so-called E1 Project, which aims at confiscating 12.000 Dunams extending from occupied East Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

As part of interim peace deals in the 1990s, the West Bank was carved up into autonomous and semi-autonomous Palestinian areas, known as Areas A and B, and Area C, which is home to some 400,000 Israeli settlers.