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Israel's High Court freezes planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

July 6, 2018 12:45 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 2:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli High Court issued a temporary freeze on the planned demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, on Thursday night.

Following an urgent petition submitted by Alaa Mahajna on behalf of Khan al-Ahmar village, the High Court paused the demolition to investigate claims about the ownership of the land upon which the community is built.

The court allowed Israel until July 11th to challenge the freeze.

Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, applauded activists on the ground for the injunction.

Assaf continued by thanking several foreign diplomats and lawyers who worked on the case and visited the village regularly in support.

The land on which the Bedouin village is built is entirely owned by and registered at the Land Registration for the residents of the nearby village of Anata.

Israel has faced increasing international condemnation as the world watched Israeli forces prepare for the demolishing of Khan al-Ahmar and attempting to forcibly displace its 181 residents, half of whom are children.

Israeli forces and military vehicles had surrounded the Khan al-Ahmar village for the past two days and assaulted its residents alongside many activists and supporters, who have been stationed in the village for weeks, as a form of protest against the planned demolition.

Israel regularly demolishes Palestinian homes and schools in West Bank, under the pretext of being built without the nearly impossible-to-obtain permits.

Palestinian activists and officials said the plan to displace Palestinian residents in the area aims to expand the illegal Israeli settlement of Kefar Adumim, in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Israel has been constantly trying to uproot Palestinian Bedouins from the east of Jerusalem area to allow settlement expansion in the area, which would later turn the entire eastern part of the West Bank into a settlement zone.
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