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International pressure saving Palestinian Bedouin village: Pundit

Activists protest in front of the Israeli troops in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which Israel plans to demolish, in the occupied West Bank on October 15, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Mounting international pressure and “steadfastness” of villagers are the main factors, which have forced Israel to delay the demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank , says an academic.  

“The Israelis were facing a huge pressure not only locally from the protesters in the village ... but also [from] the international community, which [has] started to pressurize the Israeli government … I think all these combined together made the Israeli government think about it and delay the demolition,” Saeed Nimer, professor of political science at Birzeit University told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly put an indefinite freeze on the regime’s plans to demolish Khan al-Ahmar.

The Bedouin village, home to 180 Palestinians, is situated east of the occupied holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds between two Israeli settlements.

Israel claims Khan al-Ahmar was built without the required permits, but Palestinians say such permits are impossible to obtain.

Following years of trying to force out the residents, the so-called Israeli high court of justice decided in May 2018 that its residents could be evicted.

On September 5, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected appeals against the demolition and said a temporary injunction that had put the move on hold would expire within seven days.

The United Nations has urged Israel not to demolish the village, adding the planned move violated international law.


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