Angela Merkel to cancel Israel visit if Khan al Ahmar is evacuated

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of her ministers are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday evening for a government-to-government meeting.

By Juliane Helmhold

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will cancel her visit to Israel if the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar is evacuated before the beginning of her trip, Army Radio reported on Wednesday morning.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of her ministers are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday evening for a government-to-government meeting that was postponed for nearly a year and a half because of disagreements over Israel’s settlement policies and approach to the Palestinians.

Bedouin children of the encampment held a press conference this Tuesday appealing to Merkel to stop their planned eviction.

In May, the High Court of Justice ruled that the West Bank Palestinian Beduin herding village of Khan al-Ahmar and its adjacent school would be demolished.

Two weeks ago, the IDF asked Bedouin residents of Khan al-Ahmar to demolish their village which is located off of Route 1, between Jerusalem and Jericho.

 

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