03/0619 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team
Hundreds of women from all over Palestine met in Khan al-Ahmar, on Wednesday, March 6. The meeting Â was a response to a call for solidarity made by the General Union of Palestinian women and the residents of Khan al-Ahmar, as the village is facing renewed threats of demolition.
Women met to begin a new wave of resistance in the village after aÂ year of resisting evictions and demolitions. With the upcoming Israeli election, the extreme right in Israel are once again calling for the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar. Politicians are using cleansing and land theft in an attempt to gain votes from segments of Israeli society.
This event, held on the Wednesday before International Womenâ€™s Day, is especially significant as it marks the first time for several months that a large group have been able to access Khan al-Ahmar. In January, Israeli occupation forcesÂ denied PA officials access to the village. This act of defiance by hundreds of Palestinian women will hopefully be the first of many actions to defend Khan al-Ahmar, in the coming weeks.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.