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Hamdallah cancels Area C village visit after Israeli 'threats'
Published Monday 10/02/2014 (updated) 12/02/2014 06:19
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah cancelled a visit to a village east of Jerusalem scheduled for Monday after Israeli authorities threatened to prevent the visit from taking place, Hamdallah said.

Hamdallah and European Parliament President Martin Shulz had scheduled a solidarity visit to the Area C village of al-Khan al-Ahmar, where Shulz hoped to show his support for Palestinian statehood ambitions, he said.

But an official told Ma'an that Israeli ministries of defense and foreign affairs threatened to use force, if necessary, to stop the visit from taking place, without providing further details.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the trip would have included a visit to the Bedouin village's school, an educational building made from tires and mud by villagers and international volunteers.

The school, in addition to several of the village's residential structures, have faced repeated Israeli threats of demolition on the pretext that they were built without construction permits.

A spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not answer calls.

Al-Khan al-Ahmar is a Bedouin village surrounded by the illegal Israeli settlements of Maale Adumim and Kfar Adumim.

Area C, which constitutes 62 percent of the West Bank, is under complete Israeli control.

Israel permits Palestinians to build on less than 1 percent of Area C land, according to UN figures.

Under the Oslo Accords, Area C was to be gradually transferred to Palestinian control within five years. But Israel has refused to withdraw its forces from the territory, citing security concerns and the absence of a final peace agreement.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/02/2014 20:51
'Under the Oslo Accords, Area C was to be gradually transferred to Palestinian control within five years. ' Gasp. You mean Israel failed to honor a commitment? That IS news.

2 ) Peace / Accord
10/02/2014 21:17
"Under the Oslo Accords Area C was to be gradually transferred to Palestinian control within five years. But Israel has refused to withdraw its forces from the territory" - that is correct. Palestinian state was supposed to be created in 2000 and it would include 97% of areas A, B & C. But instead of agreeing with Clinton's plan and signing peace accord with Israel, palestinians started terror war called Intifada-2. Of cause they lost that war and should not cry now about West bank areas C and B

3 ) Outlier / USA
10/02/2014 23:11
Leadership demands courage.

4 ) spb / usa
11/02/2014 00:18
so mister speedy gonzales is being careful after to speeding stops

5 ) @ Colin-1 & Peace-2 / Truth
11/02/2014 05:47
Negotiations were to be completed first, and the Agreement would have determined what portion of "Area C was to be gradually transferred to Palestinians", but Palestinians refused to negotiated or compromise, so instead of getting some, they arranged to none of Area C !!

6 ) E / usa
11/02/2014 10:19
Palestinian's only heroism is speaking to the microphone and bashing israel but what it comes to actually doing something they always scared of israel. That's right be afraid to visit area c or you can join your brothers in the jail. They such cowards

7 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
11/02/2014 10:22
Oslo was a non starter right from the beginning because Israel was never serious about the whole thing. They took Palestinians for a long ride

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/02/2014 11:17
To Peace #2: 'But instead of agreeing with Clinton's plan and signing peace accord with Israel, palestinians started terror war called Intifada-2. Of cause they lost that war and should not cry now about West bank areas C and B' Yup, that's exactly what happened. As to losing, compare Israel's standing fifteen years ago to her standing now.

9 ) Lynx / Palestine
11/02/2014 11:47
What a coward. Palestinians need leaders with a backbone, who are willing to bend over backwards for their people. Hamdallah has just lost many political points. If he thinks that people and nations gain their freedom by being whisked away by limos, in fancy suits, the slap of reality is coming down heavy on him. It's time for a constitution and fresh elections. If Hamas is unwilling to revert to the ballot, then declare Gaza a mutinous region.

10 ) Hassan / SA
11/02/2014 17:34
... village's school, an educational building made from tires and mud by villagers, NOW WHY WOULD THAT BE ILLEGAL TO DEMOLISH?

11 ) carlos / usa
11/02/2014 18:50
boycott, divest and sanction. end the brutallity.
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