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Activists build 'Wadi al-Ahmar' village

Sept. 11, 2018 12:11 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2018 2:17 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian and international activists built, overnight, wooden and steel houses constructing what they referred to as the "Wadi al-Ahmar" village in the Khan al-Ahmar village in challenge to the Israeli authorities attempting to uproot Bedouin communities off the area.

During night hours, dozens of Palestinian and international activists built substitute homes for residents of Khan al-Ahmar using wood and steel.

Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Walid Assaf, announced the "birth" of the "Wadi al-Ahmar" village, dozens of meters away from the illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim that is built on lands of Khan al-Ahmar.

Assaf stressed that building the village comes as a challenge to Israeli procedures of attacking Palestinian villages and to confirm that Palestinians are ready to keep on building and holding on to their lands.

He added that "this is a message to the world that our people will continue to defend their lands, especially in Area C, as this is part of Palestinian lands."

"We will build everywhere and continue to protect them (lands.)"

Assaf added "our battle at Khan al-Ahmar is a strategic one, as Israel has abused these areas and declared some 38% of Area C lands as state lands and camps for the occupation."

Activist Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, general director of the popular work department at the committee, said that activists took the initiative to built the "Wadi al-Ahmar" village so residents of Khan al-Ahmar could find a place to live if their village is demolished.

On Monday, the committee said that it will appeal the Israeli High Court's decision approving the demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, at international courts rather than Israeli courts.

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.

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