Europeans at UN urge Israel not to demolish Palestinian village

A general view of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on Sept. 13, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 21 September 2018

Europeans at UN urge Israel not to demolish Palestinian village

  • The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Britain, Belgium, Germany and Italy
  • They warn the demolition ‘would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution’

UNITED NATIONS: Eight European countries at the United Nations including five Security Council members on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish a Palestinian village in the West Bank.
Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village of Khan Al-Ahmar “would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution.”
“We therefore call upon the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar,” the countries said in a joint statement released ahead of a council meeting on the Middle East.
On Sept. 5, Israel’s supreme court upheld an order to raze the village on grounds that it was built without the proper permits.
On Sept 13, Israeli troops removed caravans in the early morning from near the Bedouin village which they have orders to demolish despite international criticism, officials said.
The community of roughly 200 people is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements and along a road leading to the Dead Sea.
There have been warnings that continued Israeli settlement construction in that area could divide the West Bank in two and cut it off from Jerusalem, killing off the prospect of amassing contiguous land for a viable future Palestinian state.

Palestinian attacks Israeli soldier in Hebron, is shot dead

Updated 22 October 2018

Palestinian attacks Israeli soldier in Hebron, is shot dead

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian man attacked an Israeli soldier near a holy site in the southern West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead, the army said on Monday.

“An assailant attempted to stab a soldier adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs, lightly injuring him. The soldier and other forces at the scene, responded with live fire,” the army said in a statement.

The military confirmed the assailant was Palestinian and had been shot dead, but gave no further details of the attacker’s identity.

A series of deadly incidents have increased tensions in the West Bank this month.

On October 15 a Palestinian was shot dead after stabbing a soldier in the northern occupied West Bank.

Earlier this month, a Palestinian shot dead two Israelis and wounded another in a West Bank industrial zone.

Israeli forces continue to hunt for the suspect.

A wave of mainly lone-wolf Palestinian attacks against Israelis broke out in 2015.

The series of attacks has decreased since, but analysts remain concerned over the potential for another surge.