Israel delays eviction of West Bank Bedouin village Khan Al-Ahmar

The Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank

The Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank

The villagers were given

According to the Prime Minister's Office, the delay is to allow for more time to talk with the community and consider alternative proposals, but some reports indicate that it is due to an offer from Khan al-Ahmar residents to relocate.

"Our proposals are based on what we have said to the Court, that we are willing to move a few hundred meters further north", explained Tawfik Jabarine, stating that the israeli government had not yet responded to these proposals.

"Khan Al-Ahmar will be evicted", Netanyahu said.

Israel on Sunday put on hold for "a number of weeks" its threatened razing of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, amid global calls to drop the plan. However, it granted an extension of several weeks in order to exhaust negotiations for evacuation.

Foreign pressure was ramped up on Wednesday when the International Criminal Court prosecutor said in a statement about Khan Al Ahmar that population transfers in occupied territory constitute war crimes.

The decision was announced after a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet.

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Israel's plans to demolish Khan al-Ahmar have drawn global concern, with the United Nations and European Union member states, including Germany, all calling on the Israeli government not to go ahead in view of the possible impact such a demolition could have on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the decision came despite his "resolute opposition".

On Sunday, October 21, reports The Times of Israel.

The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn global concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it and expressing concern over the impact its razing would have on the two-state solution.

Israeli authorities say the small village, located east of Jerusalem along a road leading to the Dead Sea, was built illegally.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett decried the perceived caving to worldwide pressure, saying, "in a state which abides by the rule of law, the law is enforced even if there is opposition or threats from the global community".

Palestinians say that it is virtually impossible to obtain building permits.

The village is in the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, which remains under exclusive Israeli control and is home to dozens of Israeli settlements.

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