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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

Khan al Ahmar - expulsion stopped until July 11!

The community of Khan al Ahmar and the popular resistance in Palestine has won a small but significant battle against Israeli ethnic cleansing. The occupation forces have to stop their onslaught until July 11. Your action is crucial now! 

Under international pressure and in front of strong Palestinian popular resistance on the ground, yesterday night Israeli courts decided on a stay for the destruction of the Bedouin community until July 11. 

This is not much time but allows us to continue to build pressure internationally and support for the community on the ground. 

Khan el Ahmar is a Palestinian Bedouin village of some 40 families belonging to the Jahalin tribe. They have been ethnically cleansed from their homes in the Naqab in 1951 and then resettled in the hills East of Jerusalem. Now they are resisting a second expulsion from their homes. 

Please put the following steps on your agenda for Monday morning: 

  • Call your consulate to urge them to protest the illegal planned population transfer of the Israeli occupation and to go to Khan al Ahmar now to witness the ethnic cleansing!
  • Contact your members of parliament now to urge them to demand an urgent question in parliament and/or pressure government to condemn this further illegal act of systematic population transfer by the Israeli occupation forces and to impose sanctions, including a military embargo, on Israel until it respects international law and Palestinian human rights. 
  • Contact your media now to ensure Israeli illegal acts against the Palestinian people are being  exposed.

In the meanwhile, over 1000 Palestinians have gathered today in Khan al Ahmar to show their support for the community. 

They held the Friday prayers together and then marched onto the main road passing close to Khan al Ahmar and blocked it. 

The road is one of the main access roads for the settlements from the Jordan Valley to reach occupied Jerusalem.

Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign states: “Today’s mass protest was a powerful and empowering message that as Palestinians we stand united behind the people in Khan al Ahmar. We will not let Israel’s Nakba and ethnic cleansing of our people continue. We will resist on every acre and defend every home.” 

 

For more on Khan al Ahmar, please see: https://www.stopthewall.org/2018/07/05/act-now-it-s-not-too-late-save-khan-el-ahmar

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