Israel Unveils Highway in West Bank Slammed by Palestinians as 'Apartheid Road'

The separation wall in the West Bank. Montecruz

The separation wall in the West Bank. Montecruz

Israel plans to allocate some 1,200 dunums of West Bank land for a new Jewish-only settlement neighborhood, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

"The Israeli government is racing against time to create new facts on the ground that can not be undone", the statement read.

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.

Head of Palestinian Authority (PA) Colonization and Settlement Resistance Commission Walid Assaf Thursday slammed Israeli new roads with a dividing wall as "racist".

In 2002, Israel began building a security barrier separating Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank in an bid to bolster security following the Second Intifada; Palestinians dubbed the undertaking the "apartheid road" and have repeatedly called for it to be taken down. It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as Israel's "eternal an undivided capital" in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

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"Replacing more visible rights harms with - potentially - less visible ones is not a good answer", St. Today , 42 per cent say they support a wall, up from 34 per cent in January previous year .

"Israeli occupation forces arrested 10 Palestinians in raids carried out in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron and other parts of the West Bank", the association said in a statement.

Some 450,000 settlers live in the West Bank alongside more than 2.5 million Palestinians.

He warned that this road plan could lead to the expulsion of Khan Al-Ahmar village and more than 21 other Palestinian communities.

The roughly 3.5km stretch, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, features an eight-meter high wall that puts Palestinian drivers, who are banned from entering the city, on the western side and Israeli settlers on the eastern side.

"While legislative initiatives like the Greater Jerusalem Bill and other plans created to redraw the boundaries of the city may be stalled, infrastructure projects have already proven an effective tool for increasing connectivity between the blocs and the city, not only by solidifying physical linkages but also by eroding the boundaries of the city in the Israeli public consciousness", the group said.

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