Bedouin village receives 42 Israeli demolition orders


he Israeli Civil Administration has replaced on Monday the recently issued 42 stop work orders by demolition orders in Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village, located in Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank.

Lawyer of the Palestinian villagers Shlomo Lecker said that a large part of the Bedouin village is threatened with demolition after the distribution of 42 demolition orders.

Last week, the villagers filed an urgent petition against the demolition process, requesting an injunction on those demolition orders from the High Court.

Haaretz Hebrew newspaper pointed out that the Civil Administration has issued in a rare move 42 demolition orders at the same time.

The Palestinian villagers had earlier refused an Israeli order to evacuate all of the community’s buildings, including its school.

Khan al-Ahmar’s primary school, which was built in 2009 with international support and has around 140 pupils from surrounding Bedouin communities, is among the buildings to be destroyed.

According to Haaretz, Israel has avoided large-scale evacuation of Palestinians in Area C, partly because of the involvement of European and American diplomats.

Khan al-Ahmar is situated in an area Israel earmarked for the future expansion of Maale Adumim illegal settlement.

In 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 12 dwellings in the community, rendering 60 people homeless, including 35 minors.

(Source / 06.03.2017)


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