Palestinians Urge World to Halt Planned Demolition of East Jerusalem Community

Thirteen-year-old Nasreen outside of her school at Khan al Ahmar. She hopes to become a teacher.

Ramallah, 04 Jumadil Akhir 1438/03 March 2017 (MINA) – The Palestinian government has urged the international community to intervene and stop Israel’s plans to demolish Palestinian facilities in Khan Al-Ahmar, in the Occupied East Jerusalem.

Talking to reporters during a visit to Khan Al-Ahmar community on Thursday, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah demanded the international community, with the European Union (EU) and the US on top, to urgently move and prevent the demolition process that could very soon be in place, aiming a fatal blow to the two-state solution for the Mideast conflict.

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Palestinians will not accept but an independent viable state on the pre-June 1967 borders, and building settlements in the area will isolate Jerusalem and divide the West Bank into two parts, KUNA quoted Hamdallah as saying.

There will never then be a geographically contiguous independent state, he stressed.

Khan al-Ahmar is near occupied East Jerusalem and is adjacent to the historic road connecting Jerusalem with Jericho. Now, it is between two Israeli settlements, Maale Adumim to the east and Kfar Adumim to the west.

In mid-February, the Israeli authorities distributed notices in the community that 42 facilities, including a makeshift school, would be demolished.


Up to 7,000 Palestinian live in the bedouin community, controlled by Israel. Israeli is planning to forcibly transfer Palestinians in the community to carry it its E1 settlement plan. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)