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

But Palestinians travelling between the north and south of the West Bank would have to change course and some Palestinian villages would find themselves further isolated from Jerusalem, said Tatarsky.

Head of Palestinian Authority (PA) Colonization and Settlement Resistance Commission Walid Assaf Thursday slammed Israeli new roads with a dividing wall as "racist".

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".

Segregated roads are common in the West bank, but until now, none are divided along their entire length by a wall.

In the West Bank, Haaretz reports, more roads are exclusively reserved to Palestinians or Israelis.

The road's opening prompted condemnation from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The road n.4370 runs near the city-settlement of Maale Aumium, located between Jerusalem and Jericho.

Maale Adumim, a settlement with more than 40,000 residents on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem, could become a suburb like any other, he said.

Israeli settlement activity, deemed illegal by most world powers and under the worldwide law, is considered one of the thorniest issues that hindered the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Israel's Public Security Minister called he road "an example of the ability to create a shared life between Israelis and Palestinians, while dealing with the existing security challenges".

Palestinian Aisha Al-Rabi, a mother of eight, died after Jewish settlers stoned her auto in the West Bank.

Qaysi says the road has cut his journey to the neighbouring village of Anata to a few minutes instead of half an hour or more.