Arab member of the Israeli Knesset yesterday visited the Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village, east of Jerusalem, in solidarity with residents who have been threatened with eviction.
MKs Massoud Ghanayim, Abed Al-Hakim Hajj Yahiya, Talab Abu Arar and Said Al-Khawarizmi were received by a local committee at Khan Al-Ahmar who updated them on the latest development regarding the village’s situation.
The MKs expressed their solidarity and support of residents of Khan Al-Ahmar against the Israeli occupation’s bulldozers.
On Sunday, MK Neven Abu Rahmoun, of the Joint List, said during a similar visit to Khan Al-Ahmar “My heart goes out to the village residents who have been anxious for months about their fate and the fate of their children.”
“They have invested all their resources in a legal and public struggle for their right to live in dignity.”
Abu Rahmoun said:
We will continue to stand by the residents in their struggle, and will not remain silent in the face of the government’s efforts to expel natives from their homes in favour of settlements and the annexation of the territories.
In September, the Israeli High Court rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village and ruled in favour of its evacuation and demolition.
The B’Tselem human rights organisation said in a statement that “this ruling shows once again that those under occupation cannot seek justice in the occupier’s courts. If the demolition of the community of Khan Al-Ahmar goes ahead, the Supreme [High] Court Justices will be among those who will bear responsibility for this war crime.”
Khan Al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces since July; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.