> The 180 people of this village in this village in the unoccupied West Bank have just gotten a letter from Israel security forces. Take down your homes by October 1 or authorities will enforce demolition orders. This is the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. It's been at the center of controversy for many months.
And it's residents remain defiant.>> We will not leave this place unless by force. And hopefully we will not leave. Even if they demolish, we will rebuild. Even if they demolish once and twice we will rebuild.>> No date has been set for demolition should the houses remain after the deadline.
According to a spokeswoman for Israel's military liaison agency with the Palestinians. The village consists of tin and wood shacks built on a desert hillside beside an Israeli highway that runs from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. Israel plans to relocate the Bedouins who scrape a living raising sheep and goats to a site seven miles away.
That move has drawn criticism from Palestinians and some European states, who said the impact on the community and prospects for peace. Palestinian say the demolition is part of an Israeli push to create an arc of settlement that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War, which the Palestinian seek for an independent state.