UN Urges Israel to Halt Plans to Demolish West Bank Bedouin Camp

© AFP 2022 / ABBAS MOMANIA woman from the Arab Jahalin Bedouin community carries a mirror after the demolition of her home in the West Bank Bedouin camp of al-Khan al-Ahmar on April 7, 2016
A woman from the Arab Jahalin Bedouin community carries a mirror after the demolition of her home in the West Bank Bedouin camp of al-Khan al-Ahmar on April 7, 2016 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Israel plans to demolish a Palestinian Bedouin settlement within days, a violation of international law that leaves a community of 181 people at risk of forcible relocation to make room for expanded Jewish settlements, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssel said on Tuesday.

"Demolition of Khan al Ahmar would dramatically increase the coercive environment in which the community is living," Throssel said. "We call on the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of Khan al Ahmar-Abu al Helu, to respect the rights of residents to remain on their land and have their status regularized."

The Ahmar-Abu al Helu community is home to 181 people — more than half of them children, Throssell told journalists in Geneva.

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For more than a decade people in the Khan al Ahmar community, which is located near a large Israeli settlement, have resisted efforts to move them to make way for settlement expansion, Throssel explained.

Throssel added that plans to demolish the Bedouin community are "discriminatory and incompatible with requirements under international law."

In May, the Israeli High Court ruled that the long planned eviction of Palestinians living in the settlement’s network of tents and huts could go ahead.

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