High Court rejects settler petition to immediately demolish “tire school”
On Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition by settlers demanding the demolition of the iconic car tire school, the only permanent structure in the West Bank Bedouin village of Al Khan al Ahmar.
While the immediate threat facing the community has been lifted, it still faces forced displacement by the Israeli Army. In their ruling, however, the judges repeatedly urged the military to initiate dialogue with the Jahalin community.
JERUSALEM, October 15 2012 — On Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by settlers of Kfar Adumim demanding the demolition of the Bedouin “tire school”, which is ecologically built of mud and used car tires. The school is attended by roughly 95 Bedouin children (grades 1-7) who are residents of the adjacent hut village Al Khan al Ahmar. This Jahalin Bedouin community has been residing in the area for over 60 years, long before the construction of the settlement of Kfar Adumim, which now resides not far from their huts.
Following a hearing held on September 13th, 2012, the Israeli High Court of Justice gave a decision on October 10th 2012, rejecting the petition by Kfar Adumim which demanded the IDF’s Civil Administration to enforce the demolition orders which are pending against the Khan al Ahmar School; as well as a second a petition by the Jahalin, attacking the demolition orders issued against the residential structures of the community.
While the immediate threat facing the community has been lifted, it still faces forced displacement by the Israeli Army. “The court backed the Civil Administration regarding the displacement of the community,” says Adv. Shlomo Lecker, lawyer for the Jahalin. “But for the time being, at least until next year, the demolition orders will not be enforced. In addition, the judges repeatedly urged the IDF to initiate dialogue with the Jahalin community on finding a peaceful planning alternative.
Al Khan al Ahmar spokesperson Eid Abu Khamis Jahalin commented “I am pleased with the Supreme Court and I think its decision is a good one: the judges did not rule in favour of the settlers who were pushing for the immediate demolition of the school.”