Israeli Military Begins Demolitions In Palestine

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JERUSALEM  — The Israeli mili­tary has reportedly sent rein­forcements to Khan al-Ahmar as the regime prepares to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank in de­fiance of international warnings and criticisms.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Thursday that Is­raeli forces had completely besieged Khan al-Ahmar, situated east of Je­rusalem al-Quds, and deployed bull­dozers to the village.

Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected appeals against the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and said a temporary injunction that had put the move on hold would expire within seven days.

The Tel Aviv regime says the village is built illegally, but Palestin­ians say the demolition plan is part of the regime’s forcible displacement policy to make room for its settle­ment construction activities on oc­cupied land.

The United Nations urged Israel not to demolish the village, home to 180 Palestinians, adding that the planned move violates international law.

Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organiza­tion (PLO), said on Tuesday that he had filed a complaint against Israel with The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

The dossier submitted “includ­ed a focus on the war crimes facing Khan al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, eth­nic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property,” Erekat said.

However, US National Security Adviser John Bolton attacked the ICC, threatening to sanction judges and other officials should the court conduct any probe into Israel or oth­er US allies.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the Israeli court’s “illegal” decision, saying it was meant to isolate Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

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 PA further called on Pales­tinians to come to the streets of Khan al-Ahmar to protest any attempt to demolish the village.

Responding to that call, dozens of protesters marched in the village carrying Palestinian flags.


Observer News Service

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