Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Scuffles erupt as Israel moves to raze Bedouin village

Scuffles erupt as Israel moves to raze Bedouin village

JERUSALEM, Palestinian Territory-The mother of a Toronto university student says her daughter was one of three foreigners arrested Thursday morning by Israeli forces for protesting the demolition of a Palestinian-Bedouin village in the West Bank.

Yusuf Abu Dawoud, a 37-year-old resident of Khan al-Ahmar, told Middle East Eye on Wednesday that Israeli forces and bulldozers were beginning to attack the village "without any humanity".

Activists expect the demolition to happen within the next few days.

Almost 180 residents live in tin and wood shacks in Khan al-Ahmar, raising sheep and goats.

Several British lawmakers called for London to immediately and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state in response to the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to abide by global law.

As hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been deployed around al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, in preparation for ethnically cleansing it, and displace the residents, groups of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists gathered in the area to "celebrate" the assault.

Protesters, including some waving Palestinian flags, tried to block the bulldozer and tussled with police. Dozens of journalists and activists also stood at the edge of the village.

She added that once demolitions take place, the community is expected to be encouraged to move about 10 kilometres away to a suburban area on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.

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However, Human Rights Watch notes that "the Israeli military refuses to permit most new Palestinian construction in the 60 percent of the West Bank where it has exclusive control over planning and building, even as the military facilitates settler construction".

Israeli authorities have been carrying out forced evacuations against Bedouins since 1949.

In a late vote on Monday night, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed a new bill with 87 in favor and 15 against, allowing Israeli authorities to deduct millions of USA dollars from the Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA on goods entering through the Israeli controlled ports.

Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the United Nations human rights office, said that "international humanitarian law prohibits the destruction or confiscation of private property by the occupying power".

Israel authorities say they have offered villagers a relocation site. The demolition will expel the 35 families that live in the community.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army and police prevented nine European Union consuls from entering al-Khan al-Ahmar.

Tel Aviv has so far refused to recognize the rights of Palestinian Bedouins and denies them access to basic services.

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