Jewish Residents Protest Removal of Road Blockade (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/30/12)
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Residents of the northwestern Shomron Jewish community of Avnei
Hefetz demonstrated on Thursday against the removal of a roadblock
which prevented residents of the neighboring Arab village of Shufa
from crossing the highway.
Tzvi Dardik from the secretariat of Avnei Hefetz said during the
demonstration, “The IDF decided to remove the barrier despite having
promised not to do so until the road is adjusted to accommodate the
large masses of residents of Shechem who will travel through it. We
once again warn that if no changes are made, including widening the
road and adding lighting - the road will become a death trap. The
road is not built to accommodate the great mass of Arabs who will
pass through if the barrier comes down.
The opening of the road comes after on Wednesday, the road between
Beit Furik and Elon Moreh was opened for the first time in 12 years.
The road, which is known as the Madison Route, connects to the
Samaria Brigade base, passes through the entrance to Itamar and ends
at the community of Elon Moreh.
The road was closed to vehicles with the onset of the Second
Intifada, also known as the Oslo War, in 2000. Since then, the IDF
has prohibited Arab residents of the area to drive through the road,
after terrorists carried out a number of shooting attacks directed
against Israeli vehicles.
On Wednesday, residents of Elon Moreh protested against the opening
of Madison Route and prevented Arabs from passing through.
“This road has known quite a few shooting attacks,” said Benny
Katzover, a resident of Elon Moreh and chairman of the Samaria
Residents’ Committee. “If the security situation is so good, why
aren’t the other traffic routes opened to Jews? And why are we not
discussing a Jewish return to Joseph´s Tomb?”
Katzover added, “Opening the road will make it easier for the Arabs
to ‘accidentally’ enter Elon Moreh or Itamar. This will give them a
wide range of options to hurt us.”
He noted that a number of stabbings have recently been prevented in
the area added, “Opening the road to Arabs will be life threatening
for us.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/30/12)
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