Israeli Court Postpones Final Decision on the Fate of Khan al-Ahmar

The Israeli High Court on Wednesday decided to postpone the final decision on the evacuation of the Palestinian population from the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, southeast of Jerusalem after residents rejected a proposal to relocate them. The inhabitants decided to continue protesting against the decision to deport them and demolish their homes. The court had upheld its previous decision last May to displace the evacuated residents of the area, claiming that they built their homes without a permit, in violation of the Israeli laws. During the five-hour court session, the judges criticized the position of the Israeli government, which does not provide the residents with a suitable humanitarian alternative to their housing.