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Today, the EU Heads of Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited the Bedouin community Khan al Ahmar in the Jerusalem periphery, facing the threat of demolition and forced displacement. The EU Heads of Missions met with community leaders.
The EU missions are deeply concerned about the stated intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish Khan al Ahmar and force the relocation of the community. Khan al-Ahmar is also home to a school which serves around 170 children of five local communities.
Several structures in the community including the school have been funded by the EU or EU Member States. A demolition of the school would severely impact on Palestinian children's right to education.
The EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah call upon Israel not to carry out demolitions in the said community. Displacing the community would be in contravention with Israel's obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law.
For more information:
The Office of the European Union Representative
Shadi Othman (02 5415 867, 0599 673 958); Inas Abu Shirbi (02 541 5 859, 0599 673 957)