Monday, 22 July, 2019

Road opens with segregated lanes for Israelis, Palestinians

Israel opens segregated highway dubbed 'Apartheid Road' Israel opens 'Apartheid Road' dividing Palestinians, settlers in occupied West Bank
Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2019, 15:41

Israeli forces rounded up 18 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners Association, an NGO, said Thursday.

Palestinians and Israelis often share roads in the West Bank, although some are reserved exclusively for Israelis. It had remained closed, however, due to a long-running dispute between the Israeli army and police over who should man checkpoints along the highway.

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 of reaching a political solution".

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

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

Sevilla reach agreements for Barcelona forward Munir and Ajax youngster Wober
Munir became Sevilla's second signing of the day, following their capture of Ajax defender Max Wober earlier on Friday. Sevilla had met with Morata's representatives over a potential deal but found the proposed loan move too expensive.

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.

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".

The Israeli troops have also attacked other parts of the West Bank on Friday, which resulted in the arrest of four Palestinian civilians, local reports said. It will make it easier for Israelis living in settlements south of Ramallah to enter Jerusalem.

"The road is divided in the middle by a high wall", Haaretz explained.

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