*UPDATES WITH ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER REACTION
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.