Efforts to save Khan al-Ahmar tyre school from demolition overturned
12 September 2018
You may remember in July that I reported how the Khan al-Ahmar tyre school in the West Bank had been saved from demolition after MEPs wrote to the Israeli authorities to intervene to stop this from happening. I’m now alarmed and saddened to report that the petitions to prevent the demolition have been rejected by the Israeli High Court – therefore allowing the Israeli authorities to proceed with the planned demolition.
I visited the Khan al-Ahmar school back in November 2017 here with the Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine group. This is an eco-friendly school, built with EU funds using old tyres and other reclaimed materials. It is in an area 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 Bedouin community sought permission to build a school after 5 children were killed in traffic accidents on a busy road on the long walk to their old school. That permission was denied because of the restrictions on permanent buildings made of concrete, so they built this school of car tyres instead.
You can read the response from Federica Mogherini - the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the EU Commission - about the situation with the Khan al-Ahmar tyre school here. It is also welcome to see that the UK Government have called on the Israeli government not to go ahead with the demolition as well here.