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State of Palestine: Israeli forces stun grenade protesters blocking 'apartheid road'03:39

State of Palestine: Israeli forces stun grenade protesters blocking 'apartheid road'

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Governorate of Jerusalem, West Bank
January 23, 2019 at 20:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pro-Palestine protesters blocked the recently opened highway dividing Israeli-occupied Palestinian land from Palestinian-controlled land, in the Governorate of Jerusalem in the West Bank on Thursday, denouncing it as an 'apartheid road.' At least three of the protesters were detained by Israeli forces.

The protesters, clutching Palestinian flags, stood in the middle of the highway with a banner reading "No to apartheid, no to annexation," prompting a standstill in traffic. The Israeli forces then stepped in and broke off the blockade with stun grenades, arresting three people in the process.

Palestinian residents claim that the physical barrier serves only the illegal Israeli settlers and makes it difficult for them to reach the city of Jerusalem, since it forces them to pass from an Israeli checkpoint that discriminates against Palestinians.

Israeli officials have claimed that the road will alleviate congestion in the area by connecting traffic from north of Jerusalem to the south and east without needing to pass through additional checkpoints.

State of Palestine: Israeli forces stun grenade protesters blocking 'apartheid road'03:39
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Pro-Palestine protesters blocked the recently opened highway dividing Israeli-occupied Palestinian land from Palestinian-controlled land, in the Governorate of Jerusalem in the West Bank on Thursday, denouncing it as an 'apartheid road.' At least three of the protesters were detained by Israeli forces.

The protesters, clutching Palestinian flags, stood in the middle of the highway with a banner reading "No to apartheid, no to annexation," prompting a standstill in traffic. The Israeli forces then stepped in and broke off the blockade with stun grenades, arresting three people in the process.

Palestinian residents claim that the physical barrier serves only the illegal Israeli settlers and makes it difficult for them to reach the city of Jerusalem, since it forces them to pass from an Israeli checkpoint that discriminates against Palestinians.

Israeli officials have claimed that the road will alleviate congestion in the area by connecting traffic from north of Jerusalem to the south and east without needing to pass through additional checkpoints.