Israel's decision to demolish Palestinian village draws global outrage | Pakistan News Digest

Israel’s decision to demolish Palestinian village draws global outrage

The United Kingdom has joined other European countries as well as the European Union in urging Israel not to demolish a Palestinian Bedouin village with a population of around 180 people, but Israel has vowed to push ahead insisting the village is illegal.

The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain issued a joint statement on Monday opposing the proposed demolition of the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar.

In the statement, they said: We join EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini in reiterating our call to the Israeli government not to go ahead with its plan to demolish the village, including its school, and displace its residents."

The consequences a demolition and displacement would have on the residents of this community, including their children, as well as on the prospects of the two-state solution, would be very serious, the statement added.

The Israeli occupation authorities insist the homes at Khan al-Ahmar were constructed illegally. This decision was upheld by the Israeli supreme court last week.

The planned demolition has also been fiercely condemned by the 28-member bloc, with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini saying that "the destruction would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution and undermine prospects for peace. She added that there will be serious consequences if the demolition goes ahead.

Two UN human rights experts have also condemned the expected demolition of the over 50-year-old Palestinian village.

In a joint statement, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories Michael Lynk and UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha said: This appalling decision could trigger the evacuation of 180 inhabitants, including more than 90 children, putting them at immediate risk of forcible transfer.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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