Khan al Ahmar

Here’s what happened:  

  • On Sunday, Feb 19th, the Israeli Army surrounded the West Bank Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al Ahmar, going house to house to issue stop-work orders against all 146 structures with notice of demolition set for Thursday Feb 23rd. Recognizing the new stop-work orders as an end run to bypass the High Court, Attorney Shlomo Lecker, the distinguished lawyer for Khan Al Ahmar, immediately sought — and received — a letter from the High Court stating that no demolition orders could be issued before Thursday, March 2nd. Human rights advocates from groups including B’tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jahalin Solidarity, Bimkom, and Ir Amim were onsite immediately to help sound the alarm.
  • The Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank is located between the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim, in the E1 corridor of the West Bank. To allow for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit with President Trump, the Israeli Knesset deferred voting on a bill in January to unilaterally annex Ma’ale Adumim and surrounding area — but the U.N. reports that Israel's demolitions of Palestinian homes, barns, and wells have aggressively escalated.
  • Diplomats from the U.N., the E.U., and many European governments, along with Palestinian officials, visited the village last week and expressed their concern to their Israeli counterparts. So far, the U.S. is absent; there’s been no visit by the U.S. Consul General. That’s where American Constituents — you, your family and friends, me, my family and friends, we — make all the difference.