After Apartheid Wall, Israel Unveils ‘Apartheid Road’ in West Bank

After constructing the controversial "apartheid wall" to separate al-Quds from the rest of the West Bank, Israel has now opened the “apartheid road” in the area, separating Palestinian and Israeli drivers with a wall.

The roughly 3.5km stretch, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, features an eight-meter high wall that puts Palestinian drivers, who are banned from entering the city, on the western side and Israeli settlers on the eastern side.

The road was constructed over a decade ago but remained closed amid a dispute between the Israeli military and police over a checkpoint.

While segregated Israeli roads are common, none had featured a wall before.

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the highway would ease heavy traffic for settlers in the area while helping Israel overcome  what he called “security challenges."

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

  “This is an Israeli example of apartheid and racist separation that once existed in South Africa,” PLO Executive Committee member Ahmad Majdalani told Israeli media. “Any Israeli who believes in democracy should feel ashamed about this new road.”
The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that the road posed a challenge to “the credibility  of the international community."

"It's a shame on the international community to see an apartheid regime being established and deepened without doing anything to stop it," the PA statement read.

Palestinians have long feared that the road and other similar construction projects in the area would eventually split the West Bank in half, further hindering Palestinian plans for a future state.