The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed today alarm at the upcoming demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin community by the Israeli authorities. Some 181 people live in Khan al Ahmar-Ab and over a half is children. In addition, it is one of the 46 Palestinian communities in the central West Bank that are at high risk of forced displacement due to the hostile environment promoted by the government from Tel Aviv.
The spokesman of the UN Office of Human Rights, Rupert Colville, described this situation and warned how the demolition of such settlement would drastically increase the coercive environment in which the Palestinians live.
International humanitarian law prohibits the forced transfer of the population of an occupied territory, regardless of the reason, and the transfer is a serious violation of Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Colville stressed.Now, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges the Israeli authorities to respect the rights of Palestinian residents and let them remain on their land.