Germany appeals Israel to halt demolitions

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – July 6, 2018
BERLIN (Germany): The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (a Palestinian Bedouin village) will permanently undermine the basis for a Two-State solution; against this backdrop, the German government reiterated in the strongest possible terms its appeal to the Israeli government on Thursday to refrain from relocating the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar and to halt further demolitions.

According to an official statement, the demolition and the resulting relocation of its some 170 inhabitants – including over 90 children – appears imminent.

Should this occur, it will be a severe blow to the prospects for Palestinian development in area C of the West Bank.

Khan al-Ahmar is situated close to the strategically important E1 area between east Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim settlement, where Israeli construction will significantly impair the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian State.

Further demolitions in areas of importance to the construction of Israeli settlements are to be feared.

In this context, we noted with the greatest concern that several houses were already demolished Wednesday in Abu Nuwar village, which directly borders on Ma’ale Adumim.