Shomron Residents Hold Second Protest Against Dangerous Road (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/02/12)
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For the second time in three days, residents of the northwestern
Shomron Jewish community of Avnei Hefetz demonstrated on Sunday
against the removal of a roadblock which prevented residents of the
neighboring Arab village of Shufa from crossing the highway.
The residents last protested the removal of the blockade on Thursday,
and Sunday’s demonstration was held after the community’s secretariat
decided to demonstrate every day until the road is once again closed
to Arabs, or alternatively a different road is opened to Jewish
The residents blocked traffic on the road for about an hour without
any resistance from IDF soldiers stationed nearby. A local youth
representative told Arutz Sheva that residents plan to be on the road
every day and hold afternoon prayers and a daily Torah lesson.
During the demonstration, the head of the Shomron Regional Council,
Gershon Mesika, said, “This road has known shooting attacks in the
past. If the security situation is so good, why not open the other
traffic arteries to Jewish traffic?”
Mesika added, “Opening the road to Arabs makes it easier for them
to ‘mistakenly’ enter Avnei Hefetz.”
Tzvi Dardik from the secretariat of Avnei Hefetz said during last
week’s 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 near Avnei Hefetz comes after another road
between Beit Furik and Elon Moreh was opened to Arabs for the first
time in 12 years last week.
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.
Elon Moreh resident Davidi Ben-Zion told Arutz Sheva on Sunday
that “the road was opened to Arab traffic following the demand of
extreme left-wing activists and Palestinians. The IDF surrendered
He added, “This is a very difficult period in terms of security. Only
recently there have been several attempts to infiltrate the
The IDF said in response that “traffic on the roads is determined by
assessing the situation and by security concerns. The IDF is
operating to ensure a proper fabric of life for all residents of the
area while taking the required security measures.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/02/12)
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