Inhabitants of Khan al Ahmar community face forcible expulsion after firebrand Israeli Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir orders demolition in occupied East Jerusalem area.
Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists have staged a sit-in to protest Israeli plans to demolish the Khan al Ahmar Bedouin community in occupied East Jerusalem.
"The protest aims to confront Israeli plans to forcibly displace the residents of the community," Eid Jahalin, a representative of the Khan al Ahmar residents, told the Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
He said Israel's Supreme Court will rule on the demolition of Palestine's territory on Thursday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right government had a Wednesday deadline to present its demolition plan to the apex court.
For years, the Palestinian community has captured international attention due to a legal battle between its residents and the Israeli authorities over its survival.
In September 2018, Israel's Supreme Court approved the community's expulsion, leaving it open to being demolished at any time.
Such plans, however, have since been put on hold several times.
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DK joined the EU and like-minded missions for a visit to the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan Al Ahmar. The village is facing the threat of demolition by the Israeli authorities pic.twitter.com/rPlckfMnZF— Ketil Karlsen (@DKRepPAL) January 31, 2023
Bedouin community under pressure
Last week, Israel's firebrand National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the Bedouin community to be immediately demolished.
Jahalin said there are 250 people living in the community, mostly children.
"Around 180 students from neighbouring communities are enrolled at the schools of the Khan al Ahmar community," he added.
Israel considers the lands on which the Bedouin community is located "state lands," and says that it was built without a permit, an allegation Palestinian residents reject.
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