Published: 2017-11-28 16:15
Last Updated: 2017-11-28 16:37
Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, expressed the government's solidarity with hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins in Jabal Al Baba, who are at risk of displacement by the Israeli government, in a statement released on Monday.
This comes after Israeli forces distributed evacuation notices earlier this month for Jabal Al Baba village, in the central occupied West Bank district of east Jerusalem, warning inhabitants they had eight days to evacuate their homes to ‘relocation site’ designated by Israeli authorities, Ma'an News said.
The village is inhabited by 300 Palestinians originating from 55 Bedouin families, who lived in the village for the last 65 years, during which time they faced threats of being evacuated from their homes.
“As the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, let me say clearly: we stand with our Palestinian citizens in Jabal al Baba, as well as with all of the other Palestinian communities across the West Bank that Israel seeks to displace in order to build illegal settlements in their place,” PM Hamdallah said.
He added that “if the Israeli authorities proceed with this demolition, or with the displacement of entire Palestinian communities in ‘Area C’ of the West Bank, a red line will have been crossed.”
Israeli authorities are planning to build homes for Jewish-only settlements in E1 area, in which Jabal Al Baba is located. It was established by the Israeli government to link East Jerusalem with the settlement of Maale Adumim.
“Besides creating inhumane suffering, Israel’s plan to forcefully transfer as many as 46 Palestinian Bedouin communities located between Jerusalem and Jericho in the West Bank’s Area C has important and irreversible implications,” Hamdallah said in his statement.
“This development would spell the end of the internationally backed two-state solution by preventing the creation of a viable Palestinian state,” Hamdallah said, highlighting the disapproval of the plan by previous US government administrations as well as the European Union.
Hamdallah also urged the international community, on behalf of the Palestinian government, to take action to pressure Israel to comply with international law and to recognize Palestine as a state.
The Interim Agreements between Israel and the PLO, divided the West Bank into three categories: Area A, currently comprising about 18% of the land in the West Bank, which includes all the Palestinian cities and most of the Palestinian population of the West Bank.
Area B, comprises approximately 22% of the West Bank and encompasses large rural areas. And Area C, which covers 60% of the West Bank (about 330,000 hectares), according to Btselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Israel has retained almost complete control of Area C, including security matters and all land-related civil matters, including land allocation, planning and construction, and infrastructure.