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Israeli forces storm Jerusalem-area Bedouin community, demolish homes

July 4, 2018 1:39 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2018 5:24 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished several Palestinian homes in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Wednesday.

According to local sources, Israeli forces stormed the village and began evicting residents from their homes, threw their personal belongings outside and then proceeded to demolish the homes.

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In February 2018, Israeli forces demolished two classrooms in a school built and funded by the European Union in the Abu Nuwar community; the demolition affected over 25 students.

Abu Nuwar, home to 600 Palestinians, is under threat of forcible transfer by Israel for being located in the contentious “E1 corridor” set up by the Israeli government to link annexed East Jerusalem with the mega settlement of Maale Adumim; other Bedouin communities in the region face the same threat.

The Israeli authorities plan to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in E1, which would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state -- as envisaged by the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- almost impossible.

Related to this, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member, Saleh Raafat, warned against Israel’s plan to demolish about 46 Bedouin villages to establish an E1 illegal Israeli settlement plan to annex Jerusalem and expand into the occupied West Bank.

In an interview with the Voice of Palestine radio, Raafat called on the Palestinian people to attend a massive gathering in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village under threat of being demolished, to address the Israeli expansion plan to displace its residents.

Raafat added that the PLO will continue to work to address this illegal settlement expansion plan that violates international humanitarian law, and to hold Israeli political and military officials responsible for their settlement related crimes in international criminal law.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

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