Wednesday, September 12, 2018

EU warns of 'serious consequences' to razing illegal ‎Bedouin village ‎- Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

by Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

Rights group urges EU to show Israel "what it stands to lose."

The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar
Photo: AP

The European Union warned Israel over the weekend ‎that the planned demolition of an illegal Bedouin ‎village in the ‎West Bank will have "‎‎serious ‎consequences" and will pose a significant threat to ‎the two-state solution.‎

Israel's High Court of Justice on Wednesday cleared ‎the way for the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, ‎an illegal Bedouin ‎encampment located 10 kilometers ‎‎(6 miles) east of ‎Jerusalem between the Israeli ‎communities of Maaleh ‎Adumim and Kfar Adumim, which ‎is home to some 180 Bedouin. ‎

European Union foreign policy chief Federica ‎Mogherini issued a statement saying, "The European ‎Union and its member states have repeatedly stated ‎their long-standing position on Israel's settlement ‎policy, illegal under international law, and actions ‎taken in that context, including the demolitions of ‎Palestinian communities and possible forced ‎transfers of population," Mogherini said.‎

‎"The community of Khan al-Ahmar is located in a ‎sensitive location in Area C, of strategic ‎importance for preserving the continuity of a future ‎Palestinian state. ‎

‎"The consequences of a demolition of this community ‎and the displacement of its residents, including ‎children, against their will, would be very serious ‎and would severely threaten the viability of the ‎two-state solution and undermine prospects for ‎peace.

"The EU expects Israeli authorities to ‎reconsider their decision to demolish Khan al-‎Ahmar," the statement read.‎

On Saturday, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem ‎said it has asked the EU to intervene and prevent ‎the Bedouin village's demolition. ‎

B'Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad wrote to Mogherini, ‎saying, "We have reached the point where it appears ‎that these serious consequences must be spelled out ‎if the EU is to credibly back its own positions."‎

Brussels, he noted, "obviously has ample leverage to ‎have a concrete impact by showing Israel that ‎unacceptable human rights violations will have ‎serious consequences and spelling out exactly what ‎it [Israel] stands to lose." ‎

Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


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