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Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar: Another chapter in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

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The countdown begins. The Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar and its famous tyre-and-adobe school are poised to be demolished in the next day or two by the “Civil Administration”, Israel’s Orwellian name for its military government in the Occupied Territory.

The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar is merely another chapter in a process of displacement that has been going on for 70 years. The Bedouin group inhabiting Khan Al-Ahmar are Al-Jahhalin, a tribe expelled from the Negev desert of Israel in 1952 to make way for the new town of Arad. Simply dumped over the border (although some Jahhalin still have Israeli citizenship), they found a niche in the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and Jericho where they could continue their lives as nomadic herders.

But in 1967 this land became a valuable part of the West Bank. Controlling this area meant that Israel could effectivel

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y cut the West Bank in half, thus foreclosing the possibility of any Palestinian state there. The Bedouin were steadily pushed into ever more remote and constricted areas. In 1976 Israel established Ma’aleh Adumim, today the third largest settlement in the Occupied Territory with more than 40,000 (Jewish) inhabitants, in the centre of Jahhalin life. Since 1997 the Civil Administration has been forcing the Jahhalin off their land entirely, relocating them by force onto a barren hilltop literally on the Jerusalem........

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