Holy Land: Catholic Justice and Peace Commission condemn demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Image: Catholic Justice and Peace Commission released statement on demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

People gather for evening prayer in Khan al Ahmar, October 2018. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has issued the following statement strongly condemning the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

“After a long period of legal struggle, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Israeli Authorities are entitled to demolish the Bedouin village at Khan al-Ahmar and areas nearby and transfer the residents to an area near Jericho,” the statement reads. “Many of these people were already displaced after the 1948 War and are now, once again, being violently uprooted to make way for more illegal Israeli settlements.”

The statement calls on Israelis who are concerned about justice and peace as well as the international community to protest this violation of international law, demanding protection for the Bedouin and their rights.

“The Justice and Peace Commission affirms the right of every human person to his land and place of residence, a natural and human right no state should violate,” the statement reads. “Our land is called to be a Holy Land, a land of justice and peace.”