Saeb Erekat
Saeb ErekatFlash 90

Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had filed a war crimes suit against Israel following the Supreme Court's decision to allow the evacuation of the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, responded: "The Palestinians' appeal to the court in The Hague is another example of the political terrorism being led by the Palestinian leadership. Instead of futile initiatives, the Palestinian leadership must abandon incitement and stop paying salaries to terrorists and return to direct negotiations."

Last week, he Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday against the residents of Khan Al Ahmar, which was built next to an Israeli town east of Jerusalem, giving a green light to the outpost’s demolition.

In the judgment, Judge Anat Baron wrote that "it is possible to understand the petitioners' wishes to avoid the evacuation, and the difficulty involved in moving from the place where they set up their home to a new location is clear, but this is illegal construction. And given the circumstances of the case there is no legal basis for judicial intervention in the manner in which the state chose to enforce the law on the petitioners."

Shortly after the decision was announced, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman welcomed it."Khan al-Ahmar will be evacuated!" He wrote into his Twitter account. "I congratulate the High Court justices on a courageous and obvious decision - in the face of an orchestrated hypocrisy of Abu Mazen, the left and the European countries."

The Regavim movement, which also filed a petition regarding the demolition of the village, expressed its satisfaction with the judges' decision: "The High Court of Justice ruled that the PA cannot be allowed to undertake the hostile takeover of Israeli-controlled land in Judea and Samaria."