#KhanAlAhmar

Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar – Cartoon

The case of Khan Al-Ahmar has been drawing the attention of politicians, activists and human rights defenders across the world. Israeli authorities issued a demolition order against the Bedouin village giving residents until 1 October to demolish their homes or risk having to pay authorities to demolish them.

Situated east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins who are refugees from the Negev desert. They have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army in 1967. Israel has refused to recognise Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

Activists have said plans to demolish the village pave the way for the expansion of nearby settlements Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, two illegal Jewish-only settlements situated on the Jerusalem-Jericho road.

READ: Israel settlers flood Khan Al-Ahmar with waste water

As several days have passed since the October deadline, online activists have been using the hashtag #KhanAlAhmar in an effort to raise awareness of the “war crime” which Palestinian Bedouin are being threatened with.

The UN is among those calling on Israel “to cease demolition” which “undermine prospect for two state solution and are against international law”.

Nickolay E. MLADENOV@nmladenov

has called on to cease demolition of property and efforts to relocate communities in the . Demolitions undermine prospect for two state solution and are against international law https://bit.ly/2PFD7jM 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was said to have warned Israel that she would cancel her planned trip to the country if Khan Al-Ahmar was demolished. Activists were quick to condemn her remarks as only a temporary fix to an ongoing human rights issue.

Palestine Project@PalestineProjct

• Netanyahu government plan to demolish the Bedouin village in West Bank is on temporary hold to avoid embarrassing the German chancellor. BUT It seems Angela Merkel is satisfied by Israel’s pretence of restraint during the visit.

While others applauded Merkel’s intervention at a time when opposition figures in Israel remain silent on the issue.

Hagai El-Ad

@HagaiElAd

On demolition, an issue significant enough for one @AngelaMerkeICDU, Israel’s so-called “opposition” leaders @GabbayAvi @Tzipi_Livni @yairlapid are mute. Their roaring silence is so taken for granted, that @netanyahu doesn’t even need bother thank them.

Amnesty International called on Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the [Occupied] Territories (COGAT) to “stop the demolition” and the other “#warcrimes”.

AmnestyInternational

@amnesty

Maj-Gen Kamil Abu Rukun: the demolition of is a war crime. As head of @cogat_israel you must stop the demolition of homes and other . The world is watching!

Twitter user James Anderson urged the head of COGAT “to find your humanity and refuse demolition orders”.

James Anderson@pibroch1234

Forcible transfer of residents of is a war crime. @Cogat_Israel we call on you to find your humanity and refuse demolition orders. The world is watching!

Activists from Palestine and across the world tweeted their frustration at the decision, saddened by their helplessness as Israel continues unabated with its “colonial settlement project”.

MissingEmma@TheGreenDan

Shortly after the high holiest of holidays, is back to its immoral, ethnic cleansing. This time of Bedouin village near Jerusalem. 92 kids who live in tents and huts will be evicted to expand the colonial settlement project.

Omar Ghraieb🇵🇸

@Omar_Gaza

I feel helpless here in , the most I can do is wear red today in support of to send my love.

READ: Imminent demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar ‘heartless’ and a ‘war crime’

#Israel, the great bulldozer!
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(Source / 04.10.2018)

Mother, 9 children homeless after Israel demolishes home

An Israeli excavator demolishes a Palestinian building on 1 May 2018

Israeli forces today demolished a Palestinian home in the Kuseifeh village in Israel’s Negev desert, leaving a family of ten homeless.

Local sources told Ma’an that the Israeli crews stormed the Kuseifeh village and demolished the Palestinian home under the pretext that it was built without planning permission.

Sources confirmed that a Palestinian mother along with her nine children lived in the home.

The village is located in an area which the government had approved for demolition in 2011.

READ: 17 Palestinians homeless as Israel demolishes their flats

According to Israeli human rights group Adalah, the plan would “result in the destruction of 35 “unrecognised” Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Negev.

“More than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognised villages, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

Rights groups have claimed that the demolitions in Bedouin villages are a central Israeli policy aimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Jewish Israeli communities.

(Source / 04.10.2018)