Israeli soldiers detained over alleged revenge beatings of Palestinian detainees

The new road is believed to be linked to Israeli settlement plans in highly contested E-1 area

The new road is believed to be linked to Israeli settlement plans in highly contested E-1 area

With the blanket support of the current U.S. administration, including endorsement of Israel's egregious violations and total disdain for worldwide law and the global consensus, Israel is successfully destroying the territorial contiguity and territorial integrity the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) to enhance its colonial settlement enterprise and facilitate the creation of Bantustans throughout occupied Palestine.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry slammed the new road as "emphasizing Israel's approach aiming to undermine prospects for geographical and demographic contiguity of the West Bank".

"The western side serves Palestinians who can not enter Jerusalem, while the eastern side is reserved for Israeli settlers".

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

Palestinian officials and activists on the other hand have condemned the road as an example of Israeli apartheid and racism against Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that the road posed a challenge to "the credibility of the global community".

The new 5-kilometer Route 4370, also known as the "Easter Ring Route" is a four lane route: two lanes for Israeli settlers travelling from the West Bank into Jerusalem, and two lanes circumventing around the borders of Jerusalem for Palestinians with West Bank IDs.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli daily Haaretz confirmed that Israel was planning to build a major settlement neighborhood in the occupied West Bank.

Jerusalem al-Quds is already separated from the West Bank by the so-called Israeli "apartheid wall".

The long-term goal is to provide settlers with another route to allow them to access Jerusalem more directly, said Aviv Tatarsky of Israeli NGO Ir Amim, which opposes settlement expansion. The road is divided in the middle by an eight-meter high wall.

In 2004, The International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion claiming that Israel's construction of the security barrier inside occupied territory was illegal.

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