Highway 1 protest.
(photo credit: Evan Tov))
More than 100 residents of neighborhoods around the Highway 1 Tel Aviv-Jerusalem
corridor outside of Jerusalem protested on Monday morning in front of the
Supreme Court during a petition for a stop-work order on the expansion to Highway
The local councils of Mateh Yehuda and Mevasseret Zion filed the
petition and claimed that the expansion will cause more traffic rather than
alleviating jams, as well as create a dangerous situation by leaving only one
intersection with no alternative for more than 200,000 residents to access their
The High Court of Justice recommended that the project should
return to the National Infrastructures Committee for further consideration,
given the objections raised in the petition. The attorney general and the Public
Works Department were granted a week to examine the issues raised by the
residents. The recommendation refers only to the portion of the highway
expansion directly outside of Jerusalem, not the entire project.
semi-public National Roads Company can continue to publish tenders and look for
contractors while the issue is being discussed, the court ruled.
testimony, Eyal Maimo, the lawyer for the residents and local councils, called
the expansion a “catastrophe” that “was based on obscene blunders, incorrect
information, and inadequate examination of alternatives.”
demonstration of solidarity with the protesters, municipal services in
Mevasseret Zion were on a one-day strike, and the public high school was delayed
until 10 a.m.