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Activists block Israeli 'Apartheid Road' near Jerusalem

Jan. 23, 2019 5:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 26, 2019 10:12 A.M.)
Photo by Mahmoud Elayyan
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian, Israeli and international activists shut down the recently opened "Apartheid Road" near Jerusalem, which separates Palestinian and Israeli drivers by a wall, on Wednesday.

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committees (PSCC) said, in a press release, that dozens of activists closed the gates to the newly opened road.

Israeli forces detained two protesters, while four others were injured as they (Israeli forces) attempted to re-open the road for traffic.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the highway “an example of the ability to create coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians while guarding (against) the existing security challenges.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced the opening of the “Apartheid Road” and said, “It’s a shame on the international community to see an apartheid regime being established and deepened without doing anything to stop it.”

The road, divided in the middle by a high concrete wall; the road's western side serves Palestinians who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas its eastern side serves Israeli settlers, is the first road to have a wall along its entire length, dividing Palestinian and Israeli drivers, however, the West Bank has many segregated roads.
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