Published: 2018-09-19 15:35
Last Updated: 2018-09-19 17:52
On Wednesday, hundreds of Palestinian activists continued their open-ended Save Khan al-Ahmar Campaign for the 15th consecutive day in Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, Petra news agency reported.
Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, the campaign’s coordinator, said that a European Union delegation, along with Palestinian employees and officials, will join the sit-in in protest of Israel’s plan to displace Palestinians and demolish their homes.
According to Abu Rahmeh, the activists, who are provided with beds, blankets and food inside the tents will continue with their sit-in until Israel changes its displacement and demolition policies.
The United Nations and several European countries have urged Israel not to demolish the Khan Al-Ahmar village and forcibly remove its entire community, which is made up of 46 Bedouin communities.
The Supreme Court in Israel had approved the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar in May, as it falls in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under total Israeli control. Israel said that the village was built without Israeli construction permits, which are rarely, if ever, approved.
The demolition plans come in order to make way for another illegal Israeli housing settlement. Khan Al-Ahmar is currently located between two other settlements: Ma’aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, and Kfar Adumim, which were built long after 1953, the year the Jahalin Bedouin community set up camp in Khan Al-Ahmar, after being expelled from Southern Israel in the early fifties.
Israel said it plans to relocate the residents to an area about 12 kilometers away, near the Palestinian village of Abu Dis.