Israeli Army Closes Highway to Allow Settlers’ Rally

HEBRON, December 15, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers on Monday closed a highway linking between the town of Yatta and nearby small villages to allow a rally organized by Jewish settlers to pass, according to local sources.

Coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee, Rateb Jabour, said the Israeli army closed Highway 60 and prevented Palestinian drivers from using it to allow settlers, residing illegally in in the West Bank, to organize a provocative rally.

Highway 60 is a major intercity road in the West Bank and links between major central cities.

According to international law, settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are residing in the West Bank illegally and are not treated as Israeli citizens.

Jewish settlers, nevertheless, continue to harass Palestinians and vandalize their property in areas adjacent to the illegal settlements.

The issue of settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has proved to be an obstacle for peace between Palestinians and Israelis in all rounds of negotiations, as Israel persists on maintaining major settlement blocs in any future deal with the Palestinians.