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In Photos:
Palestinians, Israelis segregated by 'Apartheid Road'

Jan. 11, 2019 3:57 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2019 4:34 P.M.)
Photos by Mahmoud Elayyan
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel has opened Route 4370 in Jerusalem, in the central occupied West Bank, dividing Palestinians and Israeli settlers.

The highway, which has been called the "Apartheid Road," is 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.

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.”

Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 war, territories the Palestinians want to be part of their future state.

According to rights groups, settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state -- as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- almost impossible.

Israeli activity in E1 has attracted widespread international condemnation, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has in the past said that "E1 is a red line that cannot be crossed."

Since the E1 corridor is part of Area C -- the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli military control and where Israel's settlements are planned, the Palestinians living there face routine attempts by Israeli authorities to push them off the land.

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