UPDATE – Israeli court orders demolition of Bedouin hamlet


By Qays Abu Samra

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – An Israeli court on Wednesday rejected an appeal against the eviction of the Palestinian Bedouin hamlet of Khan al-Ahmar in east Jerusalem, a Palestinian official said.

“The Supreme Court ruling allows the eviction of residents and demolition of their structures within seven days,” Walid Assaf, the head of an anti-settlement commission affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Anadolu Agency.

Assaf reiterated the rejection of the court verdict by residents of Khan Al-Ahmar hamlet and the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for his part, hailed the court ruling.

"Khan al-Ahmar will be evacuated, I congratulate the judges of the Supreme Court for their brave decision," he said on Twitter.

"Nobody [is] above law, nobody prevents us from consolidating our sovereignty,” he said.

On July 5, Israeli bulldozers destroyed a number of tents and other structures in Khan al-Ahmar, triggering clashes with local residents.

There are 46 Bedouin communities scattered across Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem inhabited by some 3,000 residents.

Under the 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and Palestine, the West Bank was divided into A, B and C zones.

The administrative and security authority of area A was given to Palestine while the administration of area B was given to Palestine but its security to Israel, while in area C, both administration and security authority went to Israel.

Khan al-Ahmar is located in area C.