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PA calls on ICC to stop demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

Just before dawn, Israeli forces conducted raid on the Bedouin Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar and demolished five new structures

September 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry yesterday demanded the International Criminal Court (ICC) expedite the opening of an investigation into Israel’s decision to demolish the Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On Monday the ministry filed a complaint with the ICC over an Israeli court ruling the impending danger facing the Khan Ahmar Bedouin village after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition filed last week by village residents to stop the demolition orders.

The foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday that it called on ICC prosecutors to meet with Palestinians from Khan Al-Ahmar.

The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday describing the Israeli decision to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar and evicting its residents a violation of international humanitarian law.

Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins, refugees from the Negev desert who have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army in 1967. Israel has refused to recognise Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

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