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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

70 'Palestinians' block Route 443

70 'Palestinians' blocked Route 443, the road from Jerusalem to Modiin on Tuesday.
70 Palestinians and internationals blocking settlers-only road 443 in occupied west bank. The protest was called #443BLOCKED


About 50 Palestinians joined by number of international activists blocked today the Apartheid Road 443 (known as Modiā€™in, which passes on West Bank lands, connecting Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). The road was blocked for about 30 minutes to Israeli and settler traffic.


In the eighties, thousands of acres were confiscated by Israel along the road, claiming that the road will serve as the main traffic artery for these villages to Ramallah.
However, the road has been closed for years to Palestinian vehicles. Following the High Court ruling on Route 443, a small section of the road was opened last week for Palestinian traffic, but is still nearly useless for the villagers, as access to Ramallah from it is prohibited, turning it into a highway to nowhere for Palestinians.
Route 443 has been open to 'Palestinian' traffic for about two years. But almost no 'Palestinians' use it because they cannot get through the Ofer checkpoint outside Jerusalem, nor the Maccabim checkpoint near Modiin. Access to it from their villages is very limited. Jews cannot use 443 to get to Ramallah either.

The 'Palestinians' are right that the road is useless to them. But what they fail to mention is how many Jews were murdered on 443 during the intifada between 2000 and 2004. As far as I am concerned, so long as their goal remains to murder Jews, they should all be behind fences and barbed wire. We have to look out for ourselves first.

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At 8:06 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Please point out that Jerusalem is not outside the line. And Modi'in is a new city *inside of Israel*, not on any kind of questioned land. I have friends who live there and we visited in '06. Just FYI to US Israel Matzav readers who may not have seen it.

Everybody needs to go visit to see how teeny tiny this area is!


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