Israel Knock Down ‘Symbolic’ Village In East Jerusalem

On Thursday, a symbolic “village” in East Jerusalem has been demolished by Israeli, established earlier by Palestinian activists to protest an Israeli plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, a nearby Bedouin hamlet. The two villages, one real and one symbolic are separated by the Jewish-only Kfar Adumim settlement.

This week, Palestinians activists quickly organize the symbolic village, which had consisted of five homes built of tin and wood before it was demolished.

“An Israeli army force stormed the symbolic village before demolishing it,” Walid Assaf, head of an anti-settlement commission affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Anadolu Agency.

Assaf said the Israeli force had since shut off the area, depute it a “military zone,” the incident was likely a prelude to the imminent demolition of Khan al-Ahmar a Bedouin village locate nearby — and the eviction of its inhabitants, he added.

Al-Wadi al-Ahmar was built to protesting Israel’s plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar to make way for its massive E1 settlement project.

Israel seeks to eject 10,000 Bedouin residents of the E1 zone, which sits on 15 square kilometers of land in East Jerusalem to build Jewish-only residential units linking Jerusalem to the Maale Adumim settlement.

If it’s put into action, it would effectively break the West Bank into two, thus preempting the emergence of a territorially contiguous Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders.

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