A Palestinian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank faces demolition after losing its last legal protection earlier this month. For the 200 residents of Khan Al Ahmar, the only hope now is that the occupation regime might be deterred by growing international outrage over the threatened demolition of the community. But the Israeli regime is not known for acting with dignity in the Occupied Territories in the face of foreign opposition.
At the United Nations on Thursday, eight European countries – including five Security Council members – called on the regime in Tel Aviv to reverse its decision to demolish the village. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned such an action “would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution”.
“The demolition of this small Palestinian village would not only affect a local community,” European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recently told the European Parliament. “It would also be a blow to the viability of the state of Palestine and against the very possibility of a two-state solution. This is the situation on the ground: New [colonies] for Israelis are built, while Palestinian homes in the same area are demolished. This will only further entrench a one-state reality, with unequal rights for the two people, perpetual occupation and conflict.”
Besides, Khan Al Ahmar is in the centre of the West Bank, in an area seen as being essential for any viable Palestinian state comprising the West Bank, Gaza Strip and occupied East Jerusalem. All these areas were occupied by Israel in 1967. Israeli colony construction has been continuously dividing the West Bank and cutting it off from occupied Jerusalem.