Israel plans to allocate some 1,200 dunums of West Bank land for a new Jewish-only settlement neighborhood, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
Branded as an "apartheid road", Route 4370 features a concrete wall 5 feet tall that serves as a barrier that separates Palestinian communities from a Jewish-only settlement northeast of Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.
But a Palestine Liberation Organisation official joined others who have called it "the first apartheid road" and voiced fears it could create a precedent.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
Global law views the entire West Bank as "occupied territory" and considers all Israeli settlement building there to be illegal.
According to Haaretz, the road was built over a decade ago.
For Tatarsky, the road is also part of a push to incorporate Israeli settlements near Jerusalem more closely into the city, he said.
Palestinian Aisha Al-Rabi, a mother of eight, died after Jewish settlers stoned her vehicle in the West Bank. It would essentially see the Israeli municipal boundaries of Jerusalem extend to the boundaries of Jericho.
Mohammed Abu Zaid, administrative director of the local council for Al-Zaim, a Palestinian village on the other side of the wall, fears that the journey from his village to the city will be lengthened by some eight kilometres (five miles) if the project is completed.
Ir Amim, an Israeli NGO opposing Israel's settlement expansion activities, warned that the road facilitates settlers' commute at the expense of Palestinian communities.
The Palestinians who will try to use it, according to commercial television Channel 10, will be stopped by Israeli police and redirected to the western side of the road that leads to a Palestinian village near East Jerusalem.