Israel opens 'Apartheid Road' dividing Palestinians, settlers in occupied West Bank

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 11, 2019

Route 4370 connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to Route 1 - the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway - between French Hill and a tunnel leading to Mount Scopus, the Israeli Haaretz reported.

The Israeli-accessible portion of the road is now only operating between 5am and noon, but will be fully opened as of January 10th, Israeli media reported.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has condemned a decision by the Israeli authorities to open a road that separates Palestinian communities from a Jewish-only settlement northeast of Jerusalem.

Route 4370's wall isn't the biggest one dividing the area.

Israeli authorities have said the road is meant to ease traffic congestion at the Hizma checkpoint north of Jerusalem, and have even claimed the road offers "a solution for all populations, Israeli and Palestinian".

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

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Palestinians are banned from using about 40 kilometers of roads within the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, while an additional 20 kilometers of roads are partially off-limits. Other images showed the assailant being taken away by troops on a stretcher.

The Times of Israel quoted PA Transportation Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Hamdan as saying that "all roads in the State of Palestine should be accessible to Palestinians. This new road is absolutely unacceptable and embodies barefaced discrimination against the Palestinian people".

According to Haaretz, the road was built over a decade ago.

A Palestinian man tried to carry out a stabbing attack near the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday and was shot and critically injured by troops, the army said.

Infrastructure is a problem in the West Bank, where Palestinians say they have been unable to build adequate infrastructure due to Israeli restrictions.

For Tatarsky, the road is also part of a push to incorporate Israeli settlements near Jerusalem more closely into the city, he said.

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