Israel demolishes structures near Khan al-Ahmar village

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

Palestinians said they weren't given the opportunity to obtain permits to build the settlements.

Critics of the demolition believe that Israel is tearing down the village in order to make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces arrived at the village in the illegally occupied West Bank before sunrise on Thursday and began taking down the newly built protest huts, without touching the Bedouin encampment, the fate of which has become a focus of Palestinian protests and worldwide concern. It has offered to resettle the residents 12 kilometers (7 miles) away under what it says are improved conditions - with connections to water, electricity and sewage treatment they now don't have.

The removal of the Bedouin village enables the Israel to cut the West Bank in two.

Israeli troops destroyed several shacks placed by protestors near the Palestinian village of Khan al Ahmar, set to be demolished, despite worldwide criticism, in the coming days.

The resolution also said the razing of Khan al-Ahmar would set a "negative precedent" for other Bedouin communities facing demolition in the West Bank.

Parliamentarians called on the European Union to more strenuously object to the demolition, including insisting on compensation of the loss of EU-funded structures in Khan al-Ahmar and other such herding villages.


Mladenov said the planned demolition of the village would "undermine the prospect for two-state solution and is against global law".

On Wednesday, PLO Executive Committee Chairman Saeb Erekat said he had appealed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to start proceedings against Israel for its intention to evacuate the illegal Bedouin enclave.

Khan al-Ahmar at nighttime, September 13, 2018. They were not being used by local residents, according to Ha'aretz.

It also stressed that the demolition plan is part of the regime's attempts "to try to legalize the crimes of the Israeli occupation and its policies which are based on the forcible settlement and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian residents of their land and property".

The ruling appeared to clear the final obstacle in a case that has been in legal limbo for almost a decade, pitting what Israel says is a matter of law and order against the Palestinian claims of a creeping annexation of territory they seek for a future state.

Israeli authorities say that village was built illegally, without proper permits, and that it is too close the the major roadway.

The Israeli military later said that the prefabricated buildings had been demolished because they "had been built by representatives of the Palestinian National Authority as a gesture of protest and a challenge to the Israeli Supreme Court" after it authorized the evictions from Khan al-Ahmar.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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