Khan Al-Ahmar

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Khan al-Ahmar (Arabic: الخان الأحمر‎, Hebrew: חאן אל-אחמאר‎, lit. The Red Inn) is a Bedouin encampment in the West Bank, between the Israeli settlements Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. In 2010, there were 100 Bedouin living there in tents and huts.[1]


Many of the families living in Khan al-Ahmar, from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, expelled from the Negev during the 1948 zionist invasion. The encampment was planned by the Zionist Entity to be destroyed in February 2010 due to allegations of illegal building.[2] In July 2009, Israeli authorities sought to demolish a school made in the radical tyre earth method by the Italian aid organization Vento Di Terra (Wind of Earth) and other volunteers.[3] In 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by residents of Kfar Adumim.[4]


The Good Samaritan Inn (Khan al-Ahmar)

The Good Samaritan Inn[1] (traditionally identified as The Red Inn, hence the name of the settlement) is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) east of the encampment, a 16th-century Ottoman building believed to have sheltered caravans of traders. On the opposite side are the remains of The Church of St. Euthymius, built in the 5th century to commemorate Jesus's New Testament story of the Good Samaritan. Since Jesus never professed that his story was anything but an enlightening fiction (parable), identification of the inn can only be fanciful. The church was destroyed by the Mamluk sultan Baybars in the 13th century.[5]


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Coordinates: 31°48′45.00″N 35°20′16.00″E / 31.8125000°N 35.3377778°E / 31.8125000; 35.3377778