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Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a mini-Nakba

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An attempt to remove a great tree that has deep roots is perhaps the closest analogy of what took place on Wednesday in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar. This is a Palestinian Bedouin gathering, east of Jerusalem, which the Israeli occupation forces tried to destroy by expelling the people by force after a lot of pressure was put on them accompanied by government decisions and unfair eviction and demolition orders.

The scenes of brutality and abuse were recorded for all to see, horrible and almost unbearable. Palestinian children were in a panic, screaming and watching the forced evictions and abuse of their parents by Israeli police and soldiers. Mothers were dragged along the ground and tied up; their backs were stood on by Israelis and their faces were buried in the sand.

Tragic cruelty, humiliation and intimidation has culminated with Israel’s official campaign against Al-Khan Al-Ahmar. The issue has escalated over recent years. The victims are the Arabs of the Jahalin Bedouin, whom the occupation authorities no longer wish to see so they decided to expel them from the area at any cost. This was all part of the colonial plans to tighten Israeli control and expansionist settlement plans throughout East Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank classified as “Area C” under the Oslo Accords. The residents of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar have been experiencing harsh conditions in recent years, such as house demolition orders and school closures along with constant threats of forced eviction as well as physical threats from nearby Jewish settlers.

Israel’s campaign against the Palestinians in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a mini-Nakba that rekindles the memory of the Great Nakba that was inflicted on the people of Palestine exactly seventy years ago. Zionist terrorist groups, which did not belong to this land, started to initiate the mass expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian people in........

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