Israel Closes Main Roads in Jerusalem Neighborhood

JERUSALEM, November 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police late Tuesday closed with huge cement blocks main roads in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud in Jerusalem, under the pretext of ongoing stone attacks against police members, according to local sources.

The Israeli closure of main roads in the area obstructed the movement of as many as 65,000 Palestinians in Ras al-Amoud, Silwan, Jabal al-Mukabir and Sur Baher neighborhood districts, further exacerbating the security situation in the city, WAFA correspondent said.

Long queues of cars were seen in the area since early morning due to the closure of the area’s main roads, and police officers are reportedly searching Palestinian vehicles entering or leaving the area.

In mid-October 2015, the Israeli cabinet announced that Israeli police would be entitled to “impose a closure on” what it described as “centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem” and “in accordance with security considerations.”

The cabinet also approved the revocation of residency status for Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israeli targets.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has called the Israeli government’s response to recent escalation in the area as “the very inverse of what ought to be done” toward ending the violence.

“The events of recent weeks cannot be viewed in a vacuum, isolated from the reality of the ongoing, daily oppression of four million people, with no hope of change in sight,” the group said in a statement about three weeks ago.

There has been fluctuating tension across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem since early October 2015, mainly due to provocative visits by Jewish fanatics to the city’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest place in Islam.

Since early October, Israeli police and soldiers killed 74 Palestinians, while over 2,240 others have been injured.