The occupation government is developing a new plan to evacuate Khan al-Ahmar and displace its residents

A press report revealed, this evening, Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation government has drawn up a new plan aimed at evacuating the village of Khan Al-Ahmar, east of occupied Jerusalem, and forcibly displacing its residents during the coming period.

The plan, which was revealed by the Israeli Channel 12, calls for the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar and the rebuilding of the village later in a neighboring place, about 300 meters from the original site of the village, and the transfer of the residents to it.

The press report indicated that the new plan was discussed in the corridors of the Israeli occupation army and the so-called National Security Council affiliated with the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, explaining that the government ministers will vote in a subsequent session to be held by the mini-ministerial council for political and security affairs (the cabinet), on the new plan to evacuate Khan al-Ahmar and the displacement of its inhabitants.

The new plan comes ahead of the session of the so-called “Israeli Supreme Court”, scheduled for the sixth of next March, to consider the request of the Israeli government, to postpone the eviction and displacement of the residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar.

The occupation authorities claim that the village of Khan al-Ahmar is built on what is called “state land,” and that it was built without a permit.

On September 29, the so-called “Israeli Supreme Court” agreed to postpone the deportation and eviction of the residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar for an additional six months, in light of continued pressure from the international community and the International Criminal Court’s assertion that the deportation amounted to a “war crime.”

The village of Khan al-Ahmar is surrounded by a number of settlements, and is located within the lands targeted by the Israeli occupation to implement its settlement project called “E1”.

About 200 Palestinians live in the village, 53% of whom are children, and 95% are refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and it includes a school serving 170 students, from several places in the region.

In May 2018, the occupation authorities decided to demolish the village and displace its residents, but it failed because of their legendary steadfastness, and also because of a decision issued by the International Criminal, which warned the Israeli government against displacing or demolishing the village and the surrounding communities in the area called (E1). This was considered a “war crime,” in addition to the diplomatic effort and the great international position in support of the Palestinians’ survival in their lands, as well as the decisive position of the people themselves refusing to deal with any solutions, without staying, and recognizing the village.

It is noteworthy that the implementation of the process of displacing and demolishing the residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar would pave the way for the establishment of settlement projects isolating occupied Jerusalem from its surroundings, and dividing the West Bank into two parts.


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