Israel Tells Khan Al-Ahmar Palestinians Leave by Friday

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My battery died, and I didn't get the worst of it. Police said two people were arrested. They also issued orders authorizing the seizure of access roads to the village. Israeli police forces immediately removed the set up tents and evacuated Israeli settlers from the area.

"Today they are proceeding with infrastructure work to facilitate the demolition and forcible transfer of residents", Amit Gilutz, spokesman for Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, told AFP.

"The demolition itself may not amount necessarily to forced eviction - the people may try to stay in the area", she said.

"This is a very clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention which determines the obligations of the occupying powers in the occupied territories", he added.

Protesters, including some waving Palestinian flags, tried to block a bulldozer and scuffled with police at Khan al-Ahmar on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.

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IS Corridor will promote the destruction of 46 Bedouin villages in the West Bank, said Saleh Raafat, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

"Like many Palestinians in Area C, the residents of Khan al Ahmar have fought for years to live with dignity, to protect their children, their homes, and their community", he said, urging support for people who "have struggled in the face of tremendous daily pressure".

In a tweet on Wednesday, the office of Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East peace envoy, condemned Israel's demolitions of Palestinian dwellings in the Abu Nuwar community and the regime's "preparations to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar", located east of Jerusalem al-Quds.

In an interview with the radio "Voice of Palestine", Raafat said that the objective of Tel Aviv is to split the areas controlled by the Palestinian government in the West Bank and to Judaize Jerusalem.

Labour party parliamentarian Richard Burden said, "Speaking plainly, it is state sponsored theft".

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"The (E1) Settlement Plan comes at the forefront of these projects, seeking to annex the settlements established, east of the city, within the boundaries of the Israeli municipality and so separating the north of West Bank from the south of it and bury any possibility of a viable Palestinian state".

Khan al-Ahmar's residents belong to the Jahalin tribe of Bedouin who were expelled from southern Israel by the military in the 1950s.

Human rights groups say that removing the Bedouin would create a bigger settlement pocket east of Jerusalem, dividing the West Bank into two parts and making it hard for Palestinians to achieve territorial contiguity for the state that they seek in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Many European countries have also called on Israel to halt the demolitions.

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