Bā€™Tselem: Israel To Commit War Crime Against West Bank Villagers

26 Sep
6:52 AM

Israeli rights group Bā€™Tselem said, on Monday afternoon, that Israeli government is to commit war crimes against Palestinian villagers in Khan al-Ahmar.

B’TselemĀ Executive Director Hagai el-Ad said, according to Days of Palestine: ā€œFollowing the state’s response submitted earlier today to the [Israeli] High Court of Justice, that the state was asking the court to authorize a war crime.ā€

He explained: ā€œNo sanctimonious language about a ā€˜planning, proprietary and realisticā€™ alternate, or ā€˜time to prepareā€™ can erase the disgrace or hide the facts: the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar means the forcible transfer of protected persons, and forcible transfer is a war crime.ā€

El-Ad added: ā€œThose responsible for it will bear personal criminal liability ā€“ exactly as Bā€™Tselem stated two weeks ago, in a letter addressed to the prime minister, defence minister, justice minister, chief of staff and the head of the Civil Administration.”

According to updated data, Khan al-Ahmar community, which lives on land Israel has earmarked for settlement expansion in the area, is home to 32 families numbering 173 persons, including 92 minors.

It has a mosque and a school, which was established in 2009 and serves more than 150 children between the ages of six and fifteen ā€“ some of them from neighbouring communities.

Khan al-Ahmar is located around the illegal Israeli settlement of Maā€™aleh Adumim, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The Israeli occupation considers it strategic for building and expanding illegal settlements and establishing a territorial link between Maā€™aleh Adumim and Jerusalem.

Related: UN Chief to Submit Third Report on 2334 Settlement Resolution as Israel Prepares to Build Thousands of New Housing Units

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