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Khan al-Ahmar Factsheet

Khan Al-Ahmar is one of 46 communities at risk of forcible transfer by Israeli occupation authorities. Those communities are located in the West Bank, near the Jerusalem-Jericho road,  east of the "industrial zone" of the so-called "Ma’ale Adumim" settlement and the Israeli bypass road known as "Route 437".  These Palestinian communities are originally from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, who were forcibly  expelled in the 1950s from Tel Arad (Arabic name) in the Negev desert by the Israeli occupation  forces, as part of the ethnic cleansing process of the Palestinians.    Khan Al Ahmar - Abu Al Helu is currently home to 181 Palestinians, 53% of whom are children  and 95% of whom are Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA.  

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 Jerusalem has been the political, administrative and spiritual heart of Palestine. Metropolitan East Jerusalem – an area extending from Ramallah to Bethlehem – has for long been the driving force of our economy. In fact, nearly one-third of our economic activity is centered around East Jerusalem. Given East Jerusalem’s economic, cultural, social and religious importance, without East Jerusalem, there can be no viable Palestinian state. Though central to three faiths, Israel has since 1967 systematically pursued policies aimed at ensuring exclusive control over the city with disregard to the rights of the indigenous Christian and Muslim Palestinian populations. In so doing, Israel unilaterally is taking control of East Jerusalem, the future capital of our state, thereby putting at risk the possibility of a two-state solution.

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