Toronto student arrested for protesting demolition of Palestinian-Bedouin village

Toronto student arrested for protesting demolition of Palestinian-Bedouin village

Toronto student arrested for protesting demolition of Palestinian-Bedouin village

"The forcible eviction of Khan al-Ahmar community seeks to pave the way for expanding the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied East Jerusalem", the statement added.

The EU criticized the actions in a statement.

In an appeal to the Israeli authorities, the OHCHR spokesperson said that if the demolitions went ahead, "people would lose their homes, children would lose their schools" and residents "would lose their community".

Maja Kocijancic, the European Union spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, lamented the West Bank demolitions, saying they "exacerbate threats to the viability of the two-state solution and further undermine prospects for a lasting peace".

Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian from the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, while Israeli settler assaulted Palestinian residents, on Wednesday evening.

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Toronto university student Michaela Davis is reportedly one of three foreigners arrested Thursday morning by Israeli forces for protesting the demolition of a Palestinian-Bedouin village in the West Bank.

Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) on Wednesday announced Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin area as a closed military zone, in preparation for its demolition.

The planned Israeli building in E1 will effectively cut the West Bank into half and prevents the territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

Critics have said it is almost impossible to get a building permit from Israel and that the village's demolition and the removal of its 180 or so residents is a ploy to clear the way for new Israeli settlements.

The villages Khan al-Ahmar, and Abu Nuwar are home to just around 2,000 Bedouins, but the impact of their removal would be lasting, making a Palestinian state no longer possible, advocates of the two-state solution warned.

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Last year Israeli authorities informed the High Court that they plan to seize the land where the community is located and displace its residents, although the land is registered as owned by Palestinian citizens from the nearby town of Anata.

"These demolitions are particularly outrageous because they target communities who already live in extremely hard conditions, with high levels of humanitarian needs", he said.

In the 1990s, the Israeli government came to view the Jahalin, who mostly lived in unrecognized villages without running water or electricity, as an obstacle to settlement expansion plans.

Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the United Nations human rights office, said that "international humanitarian law prohibits the destruction or confiscation of private property by the occupying power".

Tel Aviv has so far refused to recognize the rights of Palestinian Bedouins and denies them access to basic services.

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