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Palestinians to appeal Khan al-Ahmar demolition decision

Sept. 10, 2018 2:25 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 11, 2018 11:08 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Committee against the Wall and Settlements declared on Monday that they will appeal the Israeli High Court’s decision, which approved the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, at international courts rather than Israeli courts.

According to an interview with Voice of Palestine radio, Walid Assaf, Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Committee against the Wall and Settlements, said that "Palestinians have lost faith in Israeli courts after their highest body, the High Court, has ruled in favor of the demolition that would allow Israel to displace Palestinians and build a Jewish settlement in their location."

He continued that the Committee "will not appeal this decision at Israeli courts anymore because they are a tool of the occupation to legalize theft of Palestinian land."

Assaf accused the Israeli High Court justices of being "racist and endorsing ethnic cleansing."

Assaf added that the Committee is going to pursue Israel at international tribunals if the Khan al-Ahmar village is demolished.

Last week, the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village and ruled for its evacuation and demolition to take place within seven days.

Since July, 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.

Although international humanitarian law prohibits the demolition of the village and illegal confiscation of private property, Israeli forces continue their planned expansion by forcing evictions and violating basic human rights of the people.

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.

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