Israel’s Top Court Authorizes Demolition Of Palestinian Village

Ignoring the pleas of European governments and US lawmakers, Israel’s supreme court ruled on Thursday in favour of demolishing a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.

Campaigners said the hearing was the final appeal open to the village of Khan al-Ahmar, located along a main highway that leads to the Dead Sea and surrounded by several illegal Israeli settlements east of Jerusalem.

The community comprised of some 35 families belonging to the Jahalin Bedouin tribe have had their makeshift homes and schools – mostly made of corrugated metal and wood – demolished by the Israeli army several times in past years.

“This policy of ethnic cleansing is considered to be the worst form of racial discrimination, which has become the predominant feature of the practices and decisions of the Israeli government and its various instruments”  said the Palestinian Authority.

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