Israel opens 'Apartheid Road' separating Palestinians, Jewish settlers

13 January, 2019, 15:44 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The new highway dubbed “Apartheid Road” in Jerusalem

The 2.2-mile road connects the settlement of Giv'at Binyamin to the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road between the junction of the French Hill and the tunnel leading to Mount Masharaf.

Israel says the barrier is necessary for security, but for Palestinians it has become a symbol of the occupation.

Instead, Palestinian drivers will travel on the Palestinian side of the road around Jerusalem from the east, without being allowed to enter.

The road's opening prompted condemnation from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Segregated roads are common in the West bank, but until now, none are divided along their entire length by a wall.

Still, he sees an advantage with the new road.

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The "Apartheid Road" has been years in the making, and according to rights groups, and is about much more than just easing traffic for settlers travelling to Jerusalem.

The road, which lies outside Jerusalem's jurisdiction, will be open from 5 a.m.to noon daily and used mostly be used by settlers commuting to the city for work and study.

Palestinian Aisha Al-Rabi, a mother of eight, died after Jewish settlers stoned her vehicle in the West Bank.

Mohammed Abu Zaid, administrative director of the local council for Al-Zaim, a Palestinian village on the other side of the wall, fears that the journey from his village to the city will be lengthened by some eight kilometres (five miles) if the project is completed.

Israeli NGO Ir Amim said in a press release that the road was the "brainchild" of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and was created to "solve the dilemma of E-1 splitting the West Bank into northern and southern enclaves by using road infrastructure to preserve a semblance of contiguity between Ramallah and Bethlehem".

In addition to the soldiers, the IDF said an Israeli civilian also fired at the assailant.

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