Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has raised his protest at the monthly meeting of Derry and Strabane District Council about the proposed enforced demolition of village of Khan al-Ahmar, (a Bedouin village, near Jerusalem) by the Israeli army.
Speaking after the Council meeting he said “Given the support of the plight of the Palestinian people by Derry City and Strabane District Council I would like to register our protest with the Israeli embassy against this proposed enforced demolition of this village.
“Just last week the European Parliament passed a resolution stating that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law and a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention which in reality is a war crime.
“The people of Khan Al-Ahmar are registered with the UN as Refugees and will be made homeless if these demolitions are carried out, becoming Refugees over again.
“This is legally, morally, and ethically indefensible. The Israeli army recently declared the area a closed military zone which raised fears amongst Palestinian families that the looming demolition orders are due to be carried out any time now.
“Once again, the Israeli state defy International Law and basic human rights.
“I call on them to immediately halt the planned demolition in Khan Al-Ahmar and the international community must come together and demand an end to this inhumane activity of demolishing villages in order to expand illegal Israeli settlements.”