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Israeli Cabinet postpones evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar

Oct. 21, 2018 3:57 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 2:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Security Cabinet approved the postponement of the evacuation of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, for several weeks, on Sunday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the Israeli Security Cabinet held a meeting, on Sunday, for over two hours regarding the issue of Khan al-Ahmar’s evacuation and approved its postponement.

Sources confirmed that the Cabinet approved the postponement of Khan al-Ahmar’s evacuation for several weeks, in order to exhaust the negotiations for a consented evacuation.

While the majority of the Security Cabinet approved the postponement, The Jewish Home, an ultra-Orthodox Zionist political party, objected it.

The Israeli Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, head of The Jewish Home, swore that he would ensure the demolition of the village, adding "Khan al-Ahmar will be evacuated. This is an illegal construction whose destruction was approved by the Israeli Court."

An official statement by the Cabinet read, "In accordance with the recommendation of professional elements, the Security Cabinet has granted an extension of several weeks in order to exhaust the negotiations for evacuation by agreement."

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to request postponement of the demolition of the village and for the Security Cabinet to approve a time frame for its evacuation.

Netanyahu stressed "The timetable will be short," regarding the evacuation of the village.

In September, the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village and ruled for its evacuation and demolition to take place on the basis of Khan al-Ahmar lacking almost impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permits.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, confirmed that Palestinians and international activists are going to continue to keep a 24-hour vigil at Khan al-Ahmar to protect its residents.

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