Israeli occupation authorities, on Thursday, opened an âApartheid Roadâ in Jerusalem, which separates Palestinian drivers from Israeli settlers with a wall that extends up to 8 meters high.
The street, whichÂ is 3.5 kilometers long and numbered â4370â, connects the settlement of Givâat Binyamin (Adam settlement), to the Tel Aviv â Jerusalem road, located between the junction of the French Hill and the tunnel leading to Mount Masharaf.
The western side of the street was opened two weeks ago, overriding Palestinian citizensâ movement, and will prevent them from entering Jerusalem, according to the PNN.
A report published in Haaretz Israeli daily revealed that the opening of the street has been delayed because of differences between the Israeli army and police about who takes over the new checkpoint that was established because of this street, with the responsibility ultimately being turned over toÂ the “border police”.
According to the plan, the barrier will prevent Palestinian residents of the West Bank from entering Jerusalem. As a result, Palestinian drivers will travel on the “Palestinian” side of the road, around Jerusalem from the east, without being allowed to enter.
The report pointed out that it is expected that the majority of users of the âapartheid roadâ will be residents of settlements established on land north of Jerusalem.
Israeli Communications Minister Yisrael Katz said the talks were an important step to link the âBenjaminâ settlers to Jerusalem, and to strengthen what he called âJerusalem Metropolis.â
Katz claimed that the road is âa model of the possibility of creating a shared life between Israelis and Palestinians, by maintaining existing security challenges.â
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.