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Protest Over West Bank's Apartheid Road System

Non-violent demonstration by Highway 443 to protest apartheid road system in the West Bank

On 4th April, at 12:30pm, there will be a non-violent demonstration on Road 443 following the recent decision made by the Israeli High Court that effectively approves the prohibition of Palestinian movement on the road that has been in place since 2002 and it's reservation for exclusive Israeli use.

See: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/ 966013.htmlRoad.

Protesters will meet at 12:30pm in Khartabth Al-Misbah by the village mosque.

Palestinians from villages such as Saffa, Beit Or, Kharbatha, Beit Sira and others will be joined by both Israelis and internationals to protest the apartheid road system .

Road 443 together with the Separation barrier creates two walled Palestinian enclaves that Israel plans to connected by what it terms 'fabric of life' roads that run underneath the Israeli-only road. The fist of these roads was recently opened between the enclave of Biddu and the enclave of Beir Nabala and has high concrete walls running on either side.

The system of settler only roads and other physical barriers within the Palestinian Occupied Territories cut the West Bank up to over 70 enclaves. These restrictions on the freedom of movement have had hugely detrimental effects on the Palestinian economy and destroy any aspirations towards a territorially contiguous viable state.

The severe hindrance on productivity caused by the restrictions placed on the movement of workers and goods, as well as denial of access to farm- land, has resulted in 46% unemployment in the West Bank. The prohibition of Palestinian travel on the road also applies in emergency medical cases, further infringing on Palestinian human rights

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement committed to ending Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land. We call for full compliance with all relevant UN resolutions and international law.

ENDS

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