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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
It Takes a World to Save a Village: Recognizing Palestinian planning rights

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There are so many good reasons not to demolish a village. This is especially true for the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al Khan Al Ahmar. The West Bank village, located near Jerusalem and sandwiched between two settlements, worked with the best planning experts in he West Bank to develop its own master plan and it’s a good one. If approved, their eco-village, built to code, would be a source of pride, providing fresh goats’ milk and cheese to the neighborhood. Instead, the recent elections saw ever fiercer calls for the forced relocation of the village even though the people of Al Khan al Ahmar have been there since the ‘50s, well before the settlements surrounding them. The land, which they lease, belongs to Palestinians in the town of Anata and is not State land (hence the temp appropriation orders issued by the IDF for roads in the area. Come hear the many good reasons for the village’s continued existence and learn what you can do to help keep the peaceful village of Al Khan al Ahmar safe and standing. Our guests will present in English and Arabic. The audience is welcome to ask questions too.

avatar for Donna Baranski-Walker

Donna Baranski-Walker

Founder and Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance
I'm an MIT engineer who believes deeply in human rights, justice, and peace. I began my work in the Middle East in 1990 with a New York Times op‐ed, “Small Lights in the Darkness,” which asked my neighbors to join in a message of light to stop the build-up to the first US-Iraq... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
Oya 2 (Laico)