Khan Al Ahmar tyre school saved from demolition in West Bank
13 July 2018
In November last year, I visited the extraordinary Khan Al Ahmar tyre school during our West Bank visit with Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine. Last week we learned that the Israeli government was planning to demolish it. This eco-friendly school, built with EU funds using old tyres and other reclaimed materials, left a lasting impression on us. Bedouins face increasing difficulties in Palestine. Their villages are located in part of the West Bank controlled by the Israeli army where there are strict controls over the building of any permanent structures - permits are required, but are almost never granted. The Israeli courts have often ordered the removal of such “illegal’ structures, while illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory are tolerated. Socialist MEPs wrote to the Israeli authorities to stop the demolition and a last minute intervention of the Israeli Supreme Court stopped the bulldozers moving in. Let’s hope this pause leads to a rethink and that the threat to the school and its village is lifted.