Sep 25 2017
Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday afternoon that Israeli government is to commit war crimes against Palestinian villagers in Khan al-Ahmar.
B'Tselem Executive Director Hagai el-Ad said: “Following the state's response submitted earlier today to the [Israeli] High Court of Justice, that the state was asking the court to authorise a war crime.”
He explained: “No sanctimonious language about a ‘planning, proprietary and realistic’ alternate, or ‘time to prepare’ can erase the disgrace or hide the facts: the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar means the forcible transfer of protected persons, and forcible transfer is a war crime.”
El-Ad added: “Those responsible for it will bear personal criminal liability – exactly as B’Tselem stated two weeks ago, in a letter addressed to the prime minister, defence minister, justice minister, chief of staff and the head of the Civil Administration."
According to updated data, Khan al-Ahmar community, which lives on land Israel has earmarked for settlement expansion in the area, is home to 32 families numbering 173 persons, including 92 minors.
It has a mosque and a school, which was established in 2009 and serves more than 150 children between the ages of six and fifteen – some of them from neighbouring communities.
Khan al-Ahmar is located around the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.
Israeli occupation considers strategic for building and expanding illegal settlements and establishing a territorial link between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem
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