After apartheid wall, Israel unveils 'apartheid road'

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2019

Many segregated roads are in the West Bank, but none divided along its entire length by a wall.

"The western side serves Palestinians who can not enter Jerusalem, while the eastern side is reserved for Israeli settlers".

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 Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement that the new Israeli plan "undermines the credibility of the worldwide community and the possibility to reach a political solution to the conflict".

The road was built more than a decade ago but didn't open because of dispute between the army and the police over the staffing of a new checkpoint.

"It's a shame on the global community to see an apartheid regime being established and deepened without doing anything to stop it", the PA statement read.

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Palestinian cartographer Khalil al-Tafakji warned Palestinian media outlets that opening the new road serves as a "prelude to displacing Palestinians from the area and starting settlement construction in the so-called E1 corridor".

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

However, the Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

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 International Court of Justice said in 2004 that the apartheid wall violated international law and urged Israel to remove it.

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