In 2002, israel began to build a security barrier separating Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank in an apparent bid to bolster security following the Second Intifada; Palestinians dubbed the undertaking the “apartheid road”, and the unveiling of another similar project is now causing controversy.
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.
“The western side serves Palestinians who cannot enter Jerusalem, while the eastern side is reserved for Israeli settlers”, Haaretz reported.
A 2-mile road, also known as Route 4370, links the Jewish-only Geva Binyamin Settlement to the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.
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Already dubbed by Palestinians “Apartheid Road”, the road was built more than 10 years ago but remained closed due to a dispute between the israel Defence Forces (IDF) and the country’s police over who should man checkpoints along the highway.
Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the road would ease heavy traffic for settlers in the area while helping Israel overcome “security challenges”.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, in turn, lashed out at Israel’s decision to open the highway, which the ministry claimed “comes within the framework of Israel’s ongoing efforts to undermine any chance…