Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli forces attack Khan al-Ahmar protest, assault PA minister

Israeli forces attack Khan al-Ahmar protest, assault PA minister

Haaretz reported that the government is holding off on the forcible evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar for a few weeks, in hopes of negotiating a "voluntary evacuation" with the village's 200 residents.

On October 17 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement that eviction and demolition of the Khan al-Ahmar could constitute a war crime and the United Nations, European Union and rights groups have urged Israel not to raze the village, citing the impact on its community and prospects for peace. "We will make several vital preparatory moves in the global arena", he said.

Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against dozens of Palestinian, global and Israeli peace activists, holding a nonviolent procession in the al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, east of occupied Jerusalem, wounding ten, and abducted one after injuring him. However, it granted an extension of several weeks in order to exhaust negotiations for evacuation.

On Wednesday, the prosecutor of the global criminal Court had warned Israel that the "removal by force" could constitute a "war crime".

Although last week, Israeli forces entered the village with three bulldozers to level the ground and prepare it for demolition, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "short, fixed period of time" postponement.

Netanyahu's move raised the ire of his two major coalition partners, with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying he opposed the decision to delay the demolition.

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The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn global concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it.

Israeli authorities say the small village, located east of Jerusalem along a road leading to the Dead Sea, was built illegally.

He has refused to reveal the identity of the mediator between the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar and the israeli authorities.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett also insisted the law must be upheld, "even if the global community opposes and threatens", pledging his Jewish Home party would "ensure it happens".

Walid Assaf said Sunday that preparations for winter in solidarity tents will start on Sunday morning, adding that "aggressions against Palestinians and activists are escalating on daily basis".

The Bedouin village, home to 180 Palestinians, is situated east of the occupied holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds between two Israeli settlements.

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