PA slams Israeli "apartheid road" in West Bank

13 January, 2019, 15:45 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Israel opens highway separating Palestinians settlers

The Palestinian men were arrested near Ramallah while Israeli troops sought to locate the shooter who fired on a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Givat Asaf.

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

Israeli authorities have unveiled a highway in Jerusalem which puts Palestinian drivers on one side and Jewish settlers on the other, separating them with a "high fence", according to the Haaretz newspaper.

Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan, who attended the road's inauguration on Wednesday (Jan 10), called it "an example of the ability to create shared life between Israelis and Palestinians, while meeting the existing security challenges".

The road was constructed over a decade ago but remained closed amid a dispute between the Israeli military and police over a checkpoint.

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


The Israeli army frequently conducts arrest campaigns across the West Bank -- including occupied East Jerusalem - on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that the road posed a challenge to "the credibility of the worldwide community".

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

A two-lane road built on a stolen land opens in occupied Jerusalem.

Ir Amim, an Israeli NGO opposing Israel's settlement expansion activities, warned that the road facilitates settlers' commute at the expense of Palestinian communities.

In 2004, The International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion claiming that Israel's construction of the security barrier inside occupied territory was illegal.

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