Five family homes were demolished this morning (Monday, October 31st) in the Jerusalem periphery Palestinian-Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar.
15 army jeeps and a bulldozer showed up at the rural community, in the hills east of Jerusalem this morning, and demolished five family homes, displacing 71 people, including some 60 children.
ICAHD staff arrived at the community a few short hours after the demolition to find family members mourning the loss of their homes and property. Abu Khamis, a Khan al-Ahmar community activist told ICAHD staff: ‘We will not be forced off our land, if Israel demolishes, we will rebuild’.
The recent house demolitions are part of an ongoing policy designed to forcefully transfer Bedouin of the Jerusalem periphery, as highlighted in the ICAHD publication ‘Nowhere Left to Go: Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin Ethnic Displacement’.