The Palestinian residents of Khan al-Ahmar are facing the threat of expulsion from their homes in the West Bank. No matter how hard they tried to ingratiate themselves with their settler neighbors, nothing seemed to help.
The state’s announcement that it will expel the villagers of Khan al-Ahmar before mid-2018 means the village’s fate does not look good. The residents of Kfar Adumim, with their so-called progressive educational worldview, will get hat they want, and the Bedouin children will lose not only their only school but their own homes. If Khan al-Ahmar’s residents are eventually moved to Abu Dis’ waste site, they are expected to suffer from similar health issues, including high rates of disease and death, that other Bedouin communities who were already transferred to the area face.
If no miracle occurs, next year when the settlers of Kfar Adumim sit in their decorated tents overlooking the beautiful view before them, the shacks of Khan al-Ahmar will no longer bother them. They’ll remember how their forefathers once sat in sukkas, as they left Egypt to become free people.
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