After years of delays, the Israeli entity’s “Apartheid Road” has opened in the Jerusalem area.
The West Bank has many segregated roads, but none of them is divided along its entire length by a wall – until now, as Route 4370, also known as “Apartheid Road”, opened for the mainly settler population it is expected to serve best.
“Apartheid Road’s” western side serves Palestinians, who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas the road’s eastern side serves settlers, who can now reach French Hill and Mount Scopus more easily from Anatot, Geva Binyamin and Route 60, north of the city.
For now, the road will be open only between 5 A.M. and noon, when traffic is heaviest.
The road was built over a decade ago but remained closed due to a dispute between the army and the police over the staffing of a new checkpoint.
Most of its users are expected to be settlers living north of the city, who come to the city daily to work and study.
The new checkpoint will be closed to West Bank Palestinians, however. Drivers on the Palestinian side will be able to go around Jerusalem without having to enter the city.
The international community considers the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories illegal under international law.
The United Nations Security Council also reaffirms that: “Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law.”
But it does not stop the Israeli entity as well as the settlers themselves from carrying out human rights atrocities against the Palestinian people who protest against the illegal settlements.
The UN Security Council has repeatedly called for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction.
Settlements are Jewish communities in historic Palestine built by the Zionist movement pre-1948 and thereafter by the state of Israel.
These communities can range in size from single-person outposts to entire cities. One of the first settlements built by Zionists was Tel Aviv in the early 20th century.
Eventually, as Jewish immigration from Europe increased, Zionists began acquiring more plots of land for settlement. After the military assaults of 1948-’50, Zionist armed forces, subsequently transformed into the Israeli army, constructed Jewish settlements over the ruins of Palestinian towns and villages throughout the 78 percent of historic Palestine they controlled.
After launching another war in 1967 in which Israel captured the remaining 22 percent of historical Palestine – the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – Israel immediately began constructing Jewish-only settlements in the newly-occupied territories.
Meanwhile, settlement expansion continues to grow at an alarming pace, pushing any sort of possible peace agreement far from reality – as Palestinians rightfully demand the return of their land, including those inhabited by the illegal settlements.
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” ― Nelson Mandela, leader of the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.