Khan Al-Ahmar forced eviction: a violation of international law

February 20, 2023

Al-Qassam Website - Khan al-Ahmar is a Palestinian Bedouin village located in occupied Jerusalem. The village was established in the 1950s, when the Bedouin community was first displaced from the Negev desert in southern Palestine by the genocidal occupation forces.

Home to around 200 residents, mostly children and women, the village is facing an uncertain future as the Israeli occupation authorities intend to demolish it on the grounds that it was built "illegally" and allegedly poses a threat to the nearby colonial settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.

The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar is part of a broader policy of displacement and dispossession of Palestinian communities living in Area C. At the same time, colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law, have expanded rapidly in recent years, taking over more and more Palestinian land and resources.

The international community, including the United Nations and the European Union, have condemned the Israeli occupation government's demolition plans for Khan al-Ahmar. The UN has described the demolition as a violation of international humanitarian law and has called on the occupation state to halt its plans.

In 2018, the Israeli occupation authorities decided to destroy the village, but thanks to the steadfast Palestinians and the intervention of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the planned eviction was postponed.

There have been multiple attempts to prevent the demolition of the village. In 2019, a group of international activists set up a camp in the village to show their support for the residents and to raise awareness about the situation. However, their presence was met with fierce repression by the Israeli occupation forces, who dismantled the camp and arrested several activists.

Despite the efforts to prevent the demolition, and since the rise of the hard-line government to power, the occupation government has continued to pursue its plans as members of the occupation's Knesset have been arranging visits to the village and calling for demolishing the village.

The demolition plans for Khan al-Ahmar represent a significant threat to the Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank. The international community must put pressure on the Israeli occupation government to prevent the demolition.