Hundreds of Palestinian women rallied in Khan al-Ahmar on 6 March to protest the proposed demolition of the Palestinian village near Jerusalem.
Israel’s ongoing cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland has repeatedly involved the destruction of Palestinian villages. In a desperate attempt to save the village, Palestinian women have heeded a call and stood up to demonstrate against the demolition of Palestinian villages.
Many of the families in the village were originally refugees from the Naqab, who were forced from their homes by Israeli authorities in 1952. This kind of story under the Israeli occupation is a frequent one, with many Palestinian communities being thrown off land multiple times by Israel.
Persecuted residents of the village have been affected by a wider Israeli policy of continually denying Palestinians building permits. The state of Israel claims Khan al-Ahmar is located on land belonging to the state, despite the area lying within the West Bank.
Alistair Burt, a former officer of Conservative Friends of Israel and now the UK’s Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has suggested that attempts to evict the residents of Khan al-Ahmar could constitute ‘forcible transfer of people’. Forcible transfer of people is widely regarded as a war crime, with the International Criminal Court and Amnesty International clarifying that demolishing Khan al-Ahmar would likely be a war crime.
Despite the UK government’s opposition to any planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, there has been no tangible action to prevent this crime from going ahead.