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Resistance Committee announces state of alert in Khan al-Ahmar

July 31, 2018 4:56 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 2:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee announced a state of alert until further notice in the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village east of Jerusalem, on Tuesday.

The committee made the announcement a day before the Israeli High Court's decision regarding the appeal to either approve or reject the demolition of the village.

The announcement was also made on the 30th day of solidarity protests by Palestinian families of Khan al-Ahmar, along with local and international activists and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, who have been stationed in the village to support the Bedouin residents' right to reside in the area.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the Israeli High Court will discuss, on Wednesday, the evacuation of residents and the demolition of their village after an urgent petition submitted by Palestinian lawyer Alaa Mahajna.

Sources added that a number of Israeli Knesset members from the Likud, a right-wing political party, signed a letter calling on the Israeli High Court not to respond to the demands of the Palestinians regarding Khan al-Ahmar, viewing the response as "a sign of Israeli surrender."

Meanwhile, many delegations headed to the solidarity tent in Khan al-Ahmar as a form of protest against the planned demolition.

Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.

Israel has been constantly trying to uproot Bedouin communities 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.

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

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