ADV. SHLOMO LECKER states as follows, 24.5.18, 6.00 pm
The verdict on the Al Khan al Ahmar cases was published today. Written
by Judge Noam Sohlberg and approved by Judges Anat Baron and Yael
Willner, the names are important because by any standard of IHL, the verdict is
an approval by the Israeli High Court of a crime against humanity.
Judge Sohlberg is sophisticated and cunning; he states that he “means to
correct a precedent” that will now enable the State to demolish the Bedouin
residences without offering any alternative. After describing all the arguments
which Adv. Lecker raised in the petitions against demolition of the village and
the school, he states that the hearing is not about the question as to whether
the alternative the State is offering is adequate or not, the question the Court
has to answer is whether the structures were built with building permits or not,
and if so, the State is allowed to demolish them at any time commencing on 1st
To sum up, the State does not allow the Bedouins to receive building permits,
the Israeli High Court of Justice approves demolition of every shack, pen,
fence or school built without a building permit, and this verdict takes away the
absolutely minimal protection that the Bedouin communities have received until
recently from the court.
Adv. Shlomo Lecker
Bearing in mind the High Court ruling that even facilitates demolition during the
holy month of Ramadan, JS hopes diplomatic messaging will include effective
protection for IHL/IHRL and invoke full accountability by Israel, instead of the
current impunity which allows such grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions
(despite Israeli signature on that treaty) and crimes against humanity, as
reflected above. 190 villagers’ homes and 160+ childrens’ dreams are at stake.
Jahalin Solidarity will be launching Phase 2 of its social media campaign within
the coming days. The irony is not lost on us that today was the final day of the
school year at Al Khan al Ahmar car tyres school. To date, 61 UK MPs have
signed Early Day Motion 1169 (https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1169)
Jahalin Solidarity also notes, with deep appreciation the work of J Street (with
much preparatory briefing of Congress, reflected in 305 congressional calls last
year by Rebuilding Alliance, which included a recorded conference call with Eid
abu Khamis and JS) which has achieved a letter signed by 76 Members of
Congress published two days ago, calling on Israel NOT to demolish Sussiya
or Al Khan al Ahmar.
Amira Hass has written this past week on the issue ("The Judges are Hurrying"
1.6110231 and an article will be in tomorrow’s Haaretz by her as to today’s
ruling by Sohlberg.
***Correction to previous mailing of 18.5.18: The presence of Italy was
inadvertently overlooked in the list of missions attending the EU Heads of
Mission delegation, albeit not overlooked in the photographs attached – with
sincere apologies for the oversight. (JS hopes no other mission was
omitted, as inclusiveness, solidarity and mutual support are so crucial for any
successful joint campaigning!)