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Israeli forces move in on Palestinian village for demolition

By AFP - Sep 14,2018 - Last updated at Sep 14,2018

Israeli forces walk to enter the Palestinian bedouin village of Khan Al Ahmar in the occupied West Bank early on Thursday (AFP photo)

KHAN AL AHMAR, Palestinian Territories — The Israeli occupation forces removed caravans on Thursday from near a bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, which they have orders to demolish despite international criticism, officials said.

The pre-dawn operation on the outskirts of Khan Al Ahmar raised fears among the village’s 200 residents that its demolition would occur soon.

Israel took away five caravans which had been pitched by activists campaigning against the village’s demolition.

They blocked off access to the village during the operation and there were no clashes, an AFP photographer said.

The Israeli defence ministry body which oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories said the five caravans had been pitched illegally over the past few days.

“The erection of these structures was advanced by representatives of the Palestinian Authority in protest and defiance of the decision of the [Israeli] High Court of Justice, and in opposition to the enforcement of Israeli law in Area C,” Israel said.

It was referring to the 61 per cent of the West Bank where Israel exercises full civil as well as military authority.

On September 5, Israel’s supreme court upheld an order to raze the village on grounds that it was built without the proper permits.

It is, however, extremely rare for Palestinians to obtain Israeli permits to build in Area C of the West Bank, where Khan Al Ahmar is situated.

A temporary stay against the village’s demolition expired on Wednesday, meaning the army can implement the court order when it sees fit.

A village spokesman, Abu Khamis, speculated that Israel may hold off on demolition for now to avoid sparking international criticism ahead of the UN General Assembly later this month.

The village is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements and along a road leading to the Dead Sea.

There have been warnings that continued settlement building in the area would eventually divide the West Bank in two, dealing a death blow to any remaining hopes of a two-state solution.

“Over there, there are a number of settlements allowed to grow naturally — the number of residents naturally — but here we are banned from doing a single thing,” Abu Khamis said.

 

‘That is racism, that 

is apartheid’

 

On Monday, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain issued a renewed call for Israel not to demolish the village, warning of the consequences for residents as well as “the prospects of the two-state solution”.

Israeli authorities have offered alternative sites for Khan Al Ahmar residents, but villagers say the first was near a rubbish dump and the latest close to a sewage treatment plant.

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How is Jordan goin to let Israeli uproot a Arab village. The Arab are strong people but need support.Jordan help your brother if they need assistance. I was reading today how the Iran embassy was attacked in France today on 9/14/18. That will never happen to other countries embassy because the host country makes sure the building is protected. Jordan help your brothers in Palestine they need there Arab family protection.

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