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Palestine: Israeli court approves razing of W Bank Bedouin village

25th May 2018
Palestine: Israeli court approves razing of W Bank Bedouin village

JERUSALEM (AA): Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday approved the razing of a Bedouin village of 187 residents, half of them children, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Khan Al-Ahmar in Jordan valley, also includes a school serving 170 students from more than one Bedouin community in the area.

“The hearing was the final appeal open to the village, which will lead to our expulsion from our land,” community spokesperson Eid Jahaleen told Anadolu Agency.

“The court gave the Israeli government a six-month period to implement the demolition order,” he said.

In its ruling, the court said there was no reason to block the defense minister’s order to raze the village.

“Ethnic cleansing is one of the worst forms or racial discrimination, and apartheid. This policy has been the predominant feature that rules the practices and decisions of the Israeli government,” the The Palestinian Presidency statement said. “Israel uses this racist policy to uproot the Palestinians, and illegally occupy their lands to house colonialist settlers.”

There are some 46 Bedouin communities in the occupied East Jerusalem area with 3,000 residents.

Israeli authorities are seeking to displace them from the area, which constitutes 20 percent of the West Bank, to benefit the expansion of Israeli settlements.

[Archive Photo:  Bedouin community. Photo by Imemc.org]

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