In ignoring Israeli High Court of Justice decision to demolish the illegally built Bedouin encampment, Khan al-Ahmar, and have the squatter residents removed from the public land, a statement was read by the Dutch ambassador outside the UN rebuking Israel’s HCJ decision by publicly trying to (erroneously) associate it to a “forced transfer of population,” a war crime.
By The Associated Press
Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the illegally-built Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and are urging its government to reconsider the decision.
The statement was read by Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom outside the UN Security Council on Thursday. It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s September 5 decision to demolish the desert community.
The High Court of Justice (HCJ) rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village in the West Bank, ruling that its stay would expire in a week and the spartan encampment could then legally be torn down
The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy. They say in the statement that they “will not give up on a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as a capital” of both Israel and a new Palestinian state.That was an implicit slap at US President Donald Trump’s declaration in December that contested Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
For understanding the backstory, as to why the illegal compound was constructed at that specific location, Please Read: EU and Palestinian Illegal "Facts on the Ground" by Bassam Tawil