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MK Tibi joins protest against East Jerusalem highway
Published Sunday 10/02/2013 (updated) 11/02/2013 19:20
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Israeli Arab Parliament member Ahmed Tibi gestures as he stands on
a bulldozer during a demonstration against Israel's construction of a
road in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem February
10, 2013.(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian MK Ahmad Tibi joined hundreds of protestors on Sunday to demonstrate against the construction of a highway in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Protestors in Beit Safafa formed a human chain and set up tents to protest the construction of Road 4, which would confiscate part of the neighborhood's land and divide the area in two.

Tibi climbed onto a tractor at the scene, preventing it from carrying out any work, while protesters chanted slogans against the highway and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.

Israeli police arrested three protestors at the scene.

Last year, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Jerusalem municipality was building a highway in Beit Safafa, which would cut residents off from the local mosque, bakery and primary school, and effectively divide the south of Beit Safafa into two parts.

The highway is being built to give settlers from Gush Etzion quicker access to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the Israeli daily said, noting that the highway's construction was approved in 1990.

Palestinian residents will see no benefits from the infrastructure project, and will have to use underpasses and bridges to reach the other side of Beit Safafa.

There are around 360,882 Palestinians in Jerusalem, or 38 percent of the city's population.

A report released last year by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said that the "effects of annexation, neglect, rights violations, and the completion of the Separation Barrier have led to an unprecedented deterioration in the conditions" of East Jerusalem.

The report called on Israel to cease all measures that violate the basic rights of Palestinian residents.





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1 ) Ahmes Tibi is a TRUE / PALESTINIAN
10/02/2013 22:54
the only trouble is that he is a member of the JEWISH KNESSET such a misnomer

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/02/2013 00:40
Love these brave, brave people! Maybe not so much the interloping marauders.

3 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
11/02/2013 08:39
East Jerusalem Arabs need to start voting and take control of the Jerusalem government. None of the Israeli non-Arab parties can match such solidarity.

4 ) Mel / USA
11/02/2013 19:49
Every Palestinian of voting age,in Jerusalem,MUST exercise their DEMOCRATIC VOTE,to maintain their % representation in the Knesset,until Palestine is FREE,self-determined,& the Occupation of the Palestinian lands,is OVER.If Israel really is a"democracy"(riiiight),then it should honor Israeli-Arab votes,especially when Arab facts-on-the-ground outweigh Jewish-only facts on the ground.Israeli Jews should VOTE FOR Arab MK's if Israel is to survive!Especially after USG cuts the cord with Zionism!

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
11/02/2013 20:22
What a load of baloney. The highway is part of the city plan for transportation and yes, it cuts the neighborhood in half just like it cut the rest of the neighborhoods in half on its route. Get real, - this is a big city infrastructure project and this happens in every blinking city around the world include the USA and Edmonton. And you know what? Residents always protest these projects because all highways suck! This is not an anti-Arab road. It's an anti-environment road. Grow up, readers.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
13/02/2013 22:41
Welcome to the State of Palestine. Israeli civil authority has no jurisdiction here.
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