Israel Plans to Displace Bedouins

The Israeli regime plans to displace thousands of Palestinian Bedouins of the Khan al-Ahmar community from the periphery of East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

The Israeli plan to forcibly displace about 27,000 Bedouins from an area to the east of al-Quds has prompted concerns among human rights organizations, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

Jessica Montell, executive director of an Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories, told Press TV that she suspected a link between the displacement plan and an expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement Maale Adumim.

“You have about 20 different communities that are living in this area that are scheduled to be forcibly relocated. It seems that there is a close connection between the relocation plan and the plans to expand the settlements, particularly Maale Adumim, the big settlement here which has an expansion plan,” Montell said.

Abu Khamis Abu Dahouk of the Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar criticized the Israeli regime’s displacement policies toward the Bedouins, expressing a firm determination to remain in the area.

"The communities would like to remain here and be able to build legally… So we are hoping to raise awareness in order to put a stop to this plan and to find a way for these communities to remain here and to live with dignity," Montell pointed out.

The Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar currently lives outside the conveniences of modern life, without a connection to the power grid or potable water.

On October 31, an Israeli bulldozer demolished homes of five Bedouin families in Khan al-Ahmar, displacing 71 people, including 60 children.

Israel began the process of displacing the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouins from their original homeland in Tel Arad in the eastern Negev desert after the 1948 war.

Chris Gunness of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) told Press TV in a phone interview that the agency is concerned about the illegal displacement of the Bedouins, calling the Israeli plan a violation of international law.

(Press TV)

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