Bulldozers moved into Khan al-Ahmar after an Israeli court ruled the village had been built without a permit from the Israeli government, which has illegally occupied the West Bank since 1967 despite numerous UN resolutions.
The village lies between two illegal Jewish settlements and the government is thought to want to build a road to link them.
Around 173 Bedouin people face being made homeless
It fills me with sadness to see Khan al-Ahmar face the bulldozers today to make way for more illegal Israeli settlements. Today I urged the government to recognise the state of Palestine while there is still one left to recognise. https://t.co/bpc4fNoNOP pic.twitter.com/A1h9APnh4L— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) 4 July 2018
Tear Gas and Stun Grenades
"Israeli forces used tear gas and stun grenades against Bedouins who protested the demolition of their homes. Forty-one people were injured, seven hospitalized," Palestine Red Crescent Society's Erab Fuqaha said on Wednesday, July 4.
UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, has condemned Israeli actions, saying its plans to forcefully relocate the Arab nomads ran counter to international laws and undermined the two-state solution.
Among the British politicians who have come to the defense of the villagers are Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames.
In 2016, I took these pictures of Khan al-Ahmar elementary school, Israel is planning to destroy pic.twitter.com/JYfvMHynR6— Jamal Dajani جمال (@JamalDajani) 4 July 2018
Sir Nicholas asked a question in the House of Commons.
"I believe in a secure Israel alongside a viable and independent Palestine but it is beyond comprehension how a remarkable country like Israel — cultured, sophisticated and democratic — whose people have themselves over the centuries known such terrible suffering, can countenance such wicked behavior contrary to all international laws and humanitarian conventions as she continues to bulldoze Palestinian villages like Khan al-Ahmar, whose residents' houses are at this moment being flattened," Sir Nicholas told MPs.
CMEC President @NSoames asked a question during an Urgent Question in the House of Commons today on the Illegal Demolition of the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar by the Israeli state https://t.co/GgOFgaj2TZ— CMEC (@CMECnews) 4 July 2018
Behaving in 'Barbaric' Way
"What other country to dare to behave in this barbaric way and will the government condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms?" he asked.
The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was not in the chamber to answer the question and it was left to a junior minister, Alistair Burt, to respond, and he said he was "perplexed" by Israel's actions.
If @BorisJohnson wants to lie down in front of the Bulldozers he shld get himself to Khan al Ahmar where the Israeli Govt are about to bulldoze an entire Palestinian Bedouin village #indefianceofinternationallawawarcrimenoless— Nicholas Soames (@NSoames) 4 July 2018
Mr. Burt visited the village in May and called on the Israeli government to show restraint.
In a dig at Mr. Johnson, Sir Nicholas tweeted about him lying down in front of the bulldozers at Khan al-Ahmar, as he famously said he would to stop the building of a third runway at Heathrow. Since becoming Foreign Secretary, Mr. Johnson has dropped his opposition to the third runway.
Urgent question asked in House of Commons about demolition of Khan al-Amar. Boris Johnson nowhere to be seen.— Andrew (@Hullbhoy) 4 July 2018
Israeli rights group B'Tselem said nine people had been arrested on Wednesday, including the organization's own head of field research.
"They are proceeding with infrastructure work to facilitate the demolition and forcible transfer of residents," said Amit Gilutz, a spokesman for B'Tselem.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said 35 people were injured, with four taken to hospital.
RT Mondoweiss "RT IfNotNowOrg: This video of police viciously attacking Bedouins for trying to stay in their homes at Khan al-Ahmar is horrifying. Demolishing Palestinian communities in the West Bank to replace them with settlements will always be vi… pic.twitter.com/gGpQuxaueT"— Richard Hardigan (@RichardHardigan) 4 July 2018
Police claimed stones were thrown at officers.
The villagers said Israeli construction permits were never issued to Palestinians for building in parts of the West Bank close to Jewish settlements.
Palestinian activists say the continued construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the area could effectively divide the West Bank in two.
This is Khan Al-Amar, the Bedouin community being bulldozed today by the Israeli government. I am speaking to the Israeli Ambassador later. This is an appalling act against international law and changing the facts on the ground to make a 2 state solution more remote. pic.twitter.com/gyUaG4Zngx— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) July 4, 2018