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Ashrawi on Khan al-Ahmar: 'Intervention from international community can no longer wait'

July 5, 2018 12:18 P.M. (Updated: July 9, 2018 3:30 P.M.)
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi (File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned Israel's plans to demolish Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village east of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces had raided the village on Wednesday in preparation to displace its 181 residents and demolish their homes the following day.

Ashrawi condemned imminent plans by the Israeli army to raze the village of Khan al-Ahmar near occupied East Jerusalem that will displace nearly 200 Palestinians saying that "the protection of the people of Palestine is long overdue. Seventy years after the creation of Israel and the dispossession and displacement of Palestinians continues."

"The expulsion of Palestinian families then and now and the forcible transfer of our indigenous population to a state of homelessness and despair is completely unacceptable."

Ashrawi stressed that the fact that Israel wants to demolish an entire village thats residents have been residing for fifty years for the sole purpose of expanding the illegal West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim is outrageous and inhumane.

Ashrawi called on the Israeli government to immediately cancel its "unlawful plans" to demolish Khan al-Ahmar.

She continued to say that "words of warning to Israel are not enough. If there is no serious intervention from the international community towards the Israeli government and its belligerent military occupation, other villages will be next, and more Palestinian men, women and children will be displaced for another 70 years to come."

"Justice for the Palestinian people can no longer wait."

Ashrawi, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the people, urged the international community to intervene and to hold the Israeli government accountable for its "crimes" which she said are "endangering our people, threatening the security of the region, and killing the future of any prospects for peace and stability."
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