Despite a number of protests over the past two months, the Jerusalem District
Court rejected a petition on Sunday from residents of an east Jerusalem
neighborhood to stop the construction of a highway through their
Residents of Beit Safafa, located in southeast Jerusalem
near Gilo, oppose the extension of the Begin Highway towards the Tunnel Road
that leads to Gush Etzion because the highway cuts through the middle of their
neighborhood and effectively slices it in two.
Construction started on
the road three months ago.