A Palestinian Bedouin community is at imminent risk if the Israeli government acts on military orders to demolish an entire village in the Occupied West Bank, says the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) of which Christian Aid, Caritas and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are members.
AIDA is calling for urgent international intervention to prevent the demolitions and subsequent forcible transfer of 130 people, more than half of whom are children.
It is asking the international community to:
- Publicly condemn and protest against the threatened demolition of Khan al Ahmar.
- Take all possible measures to prevent demolitions.
- Engage directly with the Government of Israel reiterating that the forcible transfer of the Khan al Ahmar community and other communities at imminent risk is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and that demolition of property and seizure or destruction of humanitarian assistance violates International Humanitarian Law.
- Demand from the Government of Israel to immediately cease its violations of international law and guarantee non-repetition or any further violations in the occupied Palestinian territory.
- Systematically protest against all demolitions and confiscations, and demand restitution or compensation from the Government of Israel for demolished or confiscated donor-funded assets in the occupied Palestinian territory, whether in Khan al Ahmar or elsewhere.
For the full comminique see the AIDA website.