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Israel to raze Palestine village
September 06, 2018
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KHAN AL AHMAR: Israel’s top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank whose fate has drawn international concern and Palestinian protests.

The Palestinian government, in a statement, said the razing of Khan Al Ahmar was part of an Israeli plan to create an arc of Jewish settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank, areas captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

The Palestinian government said the ruling gave “occupation forces the authority to commit an international crime by forcibly displacing the 180 Palestinian citizens of Khan Al Ahmar.”

The Palestinian government urged the international community to “come out of its ineffective condemnations shell and intervene immediately” with Israel.

The European Union had urged Israel to scrap the evacuation plan, under which Israel plans to relocate the residents to an area about 12 km away, near the Palestinian village of Abu Dis. The mood in the village, where residents attended a protest meeting after the ruling, was despondent.

Reuters

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