Palestinians vow to foil Israeli plan to demolish strategic Al-Khan Al-Ahmar village

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Ministry of International Affairs has known as on the US and the EU to strain Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cease the demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, and the compelled displacement of its residents.

Al-Khan Al-Ahmar has provoked a global disaster because the small village is strategically important, connecting the north of the West Financial institution with the south.

It is among the solely remaining Palestinian areas within the E1 space — a reputation for a settlement venture that goals to hyperlink Jerusalem with a number of different Israeli settlements. 

The ministry’s enchantment got here as dozens of Palestinians launched protests on Monday to defend the strategic village.

Israeli Nationwide Safety Minster Itamar Ben-Gvir introduced a doc throughout a Cupboard assembly on Jan. 22, itemizing a collection of buildings put up by Arabs within the West Financial institution previously months.

The minister known as for his or her demolition in six areas within the north and the middle of the West Financial institution, in addition to the character reserve areas east of Bethlehem and Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

Netanyahu stated throughout the Cupboard session: “We’re making use of the regulation in a balanced method. At present, we destroyed solely three Arab houses in Bethlehem and Nablus.”

The Israeli Supreme Courtroom issued a last determination in September 2018 to evacuate and demolish Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, rejecting the petition of the village’s residents in opposition to their eviction and displacement and the destruction of the neighborhood, which is principally made up of tents and tin dwellings.

Knesset members from the Likud get together, in the meantime, organized a tour on the outskirts of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar on Monday in a transfer geared toward pressuring the Netanyahu authorities to demolish the neighborhood and displace its residents, particularly after Ben-Gvir’s calls for for its demolition.

Ben-Gvir introduced a doc containing pictures of Palestinian buildings east of Bethlehem, Nablus, Qalqilya and Ramallah and pledged to work on demolishing these buildings throughout his tenure.

Netanyahu and different extremist Israeli ministers have successfully waged conflict in opposition to Palestinian building within the C areas, which comprise 60 p.c of the West Financial institution.

The Palestinian Ministry of International Affairs condemned the marketing campaign of incitement by the ministers, members of Knesset, and extremist settlers to demolish the village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, denouncing their calls to storm it and assault its residents and people in solidarity with them.

The ministry stated that Israel goals to implement large settlement initiatives within the space and strongly rejected the try of some political and media events in Israel to check the random settlement outpost in Jurish, south of Nablus, with the village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar.

It affirmed that Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a part of Palestine, whereas settlement in all its kinds, together with random outposts, is against the law below worldwide regulation.

Majed Al-Hillew, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member, stated {that a} assembly could be held on Tuesday for the council to debate methods to activate standard resistance in Palestine usually, and in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar particularly, to confront the measures of the brand new Israeli authorities.

Mustafa Al-Barghouti, secretary-general of the Palestinian Nationwide Initiative Motion, advised Arab Information that Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, Masafer Yatta and Sheikh Jarrah are the primary strains of protection for the Palestinian presence within the face of the annexation of the West Financial institution, which the Netanyahu authorities is attempting to implement.

Individually, the Israeli military admitted after an investigation that the 46-year-old Palestinian who was killed on Jan. 15 didn’t pose a risk to the troopers, as was beforehand claimed. 

Ahmed Kahla from Ramon, east of Ramallah, close to the city of Silwad, was shot within the neck from shut vary.

The military investigation discovered that “the incident mustn’t have led to loss of life.”

The Israeli military had earlier claimed that Kahla had a knife in his hand when he acquired out of his automobile and was headed towards the troopers earlier than they shot him.

The military’s investigation concluded that Kahla didn’t intend to hold out a stabbing assault.

The sufferer’s 20-year-old son Qusai, who was with him on the day he was killed, confirmed that he and his father have been on their approach to work within the morning.

Their automobile was stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and a soldier fired a stun grenade that hit the roof of the car.

When the daddy opened the window and requested the soldier why he fired the stun grenade at his automobile, an officer ran towards him, used pepper spray on him, and took him out of the car earlier than the soldier shot him useless.

The military’s investigation confirmed that the pepper spray the officer used on Kahla had been introduced from his house and had not been administered by the Israeli army.

Zayed Kahla, 45, the sufferer’s youthful brother, commented to Arab Information on the Israeli army investigation into the loss of life.

“We have been sure that they killed him for no motive. So we are going to take all measures to prosecute them and drive them to pay monetary compensation,” he stated, including that the household has determined to go to the Israeli courts to sue the military and also will go to the Worldwide Legal Courtroom.

“We understand that their trial is not going to deliver our brother Ahmed again to life, however we would like them to pay the value for his or her crime.

“We wish to deter them from killing extra Palestinians in chilly blood and with out motive in order that they know that Palestinian blood is valuable and sacred,” he advised Arab Information.

A videotape from one other particular person stopped on the checkpoint confirmed {that a} verbal altercation occurred between Kahla and the troopers earlier than considered one of them shot Kahla, who posed no hazard to them, at quick vary.

The incident is just not the primary of its type, Palestinians say.

Israeli military investigations concluded that, over the past two months, troopers have killed a number of Palestinians who posed no risk to their lives.

An Israeli officer killed Ammar Muflih on the principle Hiwara Road, south of Nablus, on Dec. 2, at point-blank vary.

An Israeli soldier additionally killed Palestinian lady Jana Zakarneh on Dec. 12 throughout a military incursion into Jenin.

In a separate incident, over 300 extremists stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, chanting racist slogans and performing public prayers.

Israeli Knesset member Yitzhak Crozier of the far-right Jewish Energy get together, headed by Ben-Gvir, known as on the settlers to constantly storm Al-Aqsa Mosque.


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