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Walid Assaf responds to demolition preparations of Khan al-Ahmar

July 9, 2018 1:05 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2018 4:28 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, said on Monday that Israeli forces set up mobile homes for Khanal-Ahmar residents on land that belongs to residents of Abu Dis and al-Eizariya villages, in order to forcibly displace the people of Khan al-Ahmar.

Assaf told Ma'an, in an exclusive interview, that there a meeting was held in al-Eizariya regarding the illegal confiscation of land by Israeli forces that resulted in two plans.

Assaf mentioned that the first plan was to take it from a legal aspect to prevent the Israeli Supreme Court from ordering the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, while pointing out that the lawyers of the case have documentation and written proofs that would benefit the residents of the village.

The second plan was to organize continuous sit-ins near these mobile homes as a form of protest, in addition to sit-ins at Khan al-Ahmar, to attempt to prevent any forcible deportation of the residents by Israeli forces, in the event that the Supreme Court’s decision is to demolish.

Assaf pointed out that the issue of Khan al-Ahmar needs urgent international intervention to pressure Israel to abandon its decision to demolish; he also called upon the Palestinian people to be part of the sit-ins at Khan al-Ahmar to protect its residents.

Israeli forces had set up “caravan” mobile homes in the Abu Dis and al-Eizariya villages on Sunday to forcibly transfer residents of Khan al-Ahmar in preparation for Israel’s constant aim to displace the residents of the Palestinian Bedouin Khan al-Ahmar village.

Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court temporarily froze the planned demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, until a decision was reached on the petition filed by the residents of the Bedouin community.

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