Yesterday night, Israeli occupation forces have distributed flyers to the people of Khan al Ahmar demanding they should destroy themselves all the homes and building of the community until latest October 1. Israel’s military even offers ‘helpline’ for the people in Khan al Ahmar.
The flyers printed on head paper with the emblem of the Israeli Defense Forces intimates the residents of Khan al Ahmar to destroy their own community. In case, they don’t do it, the occupation forces will do so.
The flyer ends with the remark that in case residents want support in the destruction of their own homes and lives or in the transfer, they can contact the phone number given at the end, which corresponds to an office at the so-called ‘civil administration’ of the Israeli occupation forces.
The Stop the Wall Campaign declares:
“Israel is weighing the backlash of the destruction of the Bedouin community against their will to continue the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, trying new tactics as they go along.
“In fact, the orders to Palestinians to destroy their own homes is something the Israeli state issues regularly. When home owners refuse, they are normally forced to pay the costs incurred by the Israeli forces in the destruction of their homes.
“All this is cruel and illegal and there is no doubt that not only will nobody destroy their own homes and sheds in Khan al Ahmar – we will all continue to be there to defend every structure built in Khan al Ahmar.”
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.