RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday pledged $50,000 to the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwwar east of Jerusalem that is currently facing forced displacement by Israeli forces.
Hamdallah made the pledge during a high-profile visit to the Palestinian community in the company of four government ministers, the EU envoy to the Palestinian Territories John Gatt-Rutter, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley.”We came to visit you today… to show solidarity and to support our people in the Bedouin dwellings who have shown legendary steadfastness facing (Israel’s) displacement and transfer plans,” Hamdallah said during the visit.
Two weeks ago, dozens of Palestinian families living in Abu Nuwwar were told they would be forced from their land in less than a month to clear way for the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim.Abu Nuwwar is one of several Bedouin villages facing evacuation due to plans by Israeli authorities to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in the so-called E1 corridor.
Settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state — as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — almost impossible.Hamdallah said Sunday that the Palestinian government and President Mahmoud Abbas were making efforts at an international level to prevent the displacement of Palestinian Bedouin families, which he said was “a blatant violation of the principles of human rights.” He added that Israel’s “targeting” of Palestinians in Area C extended to “46 Bedouin communities, 70 percent of whom are refugees.”Also in attendance were Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan al-Husseini, Minister of Endowment Yousif Ideis, Minister of Health Jawad Awwad, and Minister of Local Government Nayif Abu Khalaf. International consuls and heads of diplomatic missions also reportedly took part in the visit.Israeli authorities have tried urging the Palestinian families to move to another location, but the Palestinians have said that they will turn down any Israeli offer and will remain in their land in Abu Nuwwar.Israeli action in E1 has attracted widespread international condemnation, and President Mahmoud Abbas has said that “E1 is a red line that cannot be crossed.”The imminent forced displacement of Abu Nuwwar residents comes as newly elected Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said earlier this week that a High Court ruling to destroy the Bedouin village of Umm Hiran and replace it with Jewish housing was “not discriminatory,” reported Israeli news source Haaretz.Justice Minister Shaked is one of many rightwingers in Netanyahu’s recently formed coalition who promote settlement expansion in occupied East Jerusalem and across the West Bank, and openly oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.Shaked is member to the Habayit Hayehudi party which conditioned joining Netanyahu’s coalition on reinstating the Prawer plan to permanently resettle the Bedouin, which would potentially forcibly displace up to 70,000 Bedouins living in the Negev.