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On May 24, 2018, Israel’s High Court of Justice approved the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents, members of the Bedouin Jahalin tribe.  Such actions constitute a war crime under Article 49 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV and Article 13 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, among other sources of law.  The ruling from the Israeli HCJ was characterized by B’Tselem as the latest example of “judicial formalism” enabling the state’s violation of Palestinian rights.  The opinion of the court is available in Hebrew on the Supreme Court of Israel website and in English via Google Translate, from which the text of the following poem was taken. 

A Peaceful Evacuation

The alternative of the Hasmonean palaces is no longer on the agenda

despite the late timing of our existence



are intended for economic activity

or, alternatively, as a “court friend”


the Bedouin lifestyle, most of which is based on raising sheep and goats

was built illegally


The enforcement of law is important

it is not disputed

there was no reason to instruct the state to enforce the law


it is also necessary to deduce from it that it is not relevant


I cannot accept the claim of discrimination

at an investment of millions of shekels


a peaceful evacuation

a permanent compound

has not been destroyed, and there is no urgency to destroy it now


The owners of the illegal buildings will receive free land

to complete the picture

unilaterally and without dialogue

using mud and used tires

public figures and intellectuals


a kind of “cat and mouse games”

contains a genuine, genuine and genuine solution

a proper evacuation process

a severe defect of extreme unreasonableness

education, health and other

fundamental defect


the aforesaid outline indicates there is nothing wrong with

illegal construction, despite its illegality

there is no need to elaborate on this


The buildings were praised and praised by architects and urban planners

an urban continuum of a strong and sustainable settlement

a dedicated dialogue for

the construction of new tents

rich and varied opportunities for

a rough dirt road


it is permitted to build warehouses

to teach Bedouin about discrimination

there is no concrete alternative


a meeting was held with the mukhtars

the totality of these flaws will be solved

with the consent of the residents, but this will be considered even if such an agreement is not reached


extreme in its unreasonableness

can not be viewed as unreasonable enough


they did not speak for the tribe

however worthy


a moral right, even if it is not a legal right

will be constructed according to a temporary exemption that will be issued


We have reached the end

Our decision is



there is no legal reason

there is no legal obligation


they are not a party that may be heard

Hop Wechsler

Hop T. Wechsler is a labor lawyer in New Jersey. His work has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, New Left Project, CounterPunch, HiNgE, and RIBOT. He can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. johneill on June 29, 2018, 12:25 pm

    i had to translate the ruling myself to get context on that hasmonean palaces line.
    having done that minimal amount of work, i applaud your ability to condense such obdurate legalese.

    • Mooser on June 29, 2018, 1:46 pm

      Ah, the Hasmonean dynasty. A historic era for Jewish history, which has inspired us to inspiration ever since.

  2. ferrugoog on June 30, 2018, 8:10 pm

    Peaceful would mean without use of force. Once this community has been forced to move, what will happen with the land? Certainly, Israel could desire to develop it for Bedouin use? Build a school, bring in water, open a health clinic . No, somehow, I think it’s more likely that we’ll see it replaced by another illegal Israeli settlement, a place for Jews only, Democracy? Discrimination? Disgusting!

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