As Israeli occupation forces violently repressed local and international activists, who were participating in Khan al-Ahmar’s weekly protest organized by residents of the Palestinian village resisting its imminent demolition Friday, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has issued renewed calls to supporters, companies and countries to boycott and divest from Caterpillar and Volvo for “their complicity.”
— Barbara Chirinos (@chig1) October 20, 2018
Israeli forces fired tear gas and used tasers and pepper-sprayed on protesters, who had gathered in the village, just east of the occupied city of Jerusalem, local newspaper Ma’an reported and activists on the ground confirmed. Their actions have been condemned.
Residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a village in the occupied West Bank, have been awaiting its demolition with dread since Israel’s High Court ruled early in September that the villagers, who have lived there since the 1950s when they were driven off the Naqab (Negev) desert, had to leave the village ahead of demolition scheduled for any time after September 12.
How international crime is done by #MentalSlavery 🇮🇱
"Israeli occupation forces have raided the village of Khan al-Ahmar to evict its residents and make way for more illegal Israeli settlements."
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— KAKAPO➤Endangered (@178kakapo) October 18, 2018
Since then, the village has been sealed off from the main road that connects Israel’s extensive network of illegal Jewish-only settlements, and bulldozers have cleared land to build access roads as part of the pending demolition.
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