Israeli Forces Close Route 60 for Settler Bike Tour

1 June 2011

At mid-day Wednesday June 1st, Israeli soldiers closed portions of Route 60, the north-south highway in the West Bank, to make way for about 400 Israeli settlers who were cycling to Jerusalem. For two hours, 15 military vehicles, including two APCs, were stationed near the entrance of the Beit Ommar and alongside the road. All traffic was stopped in both directions, and the soldiers forced everyone present to leave the area immediately. Vehicles and people attempting to exit the village via the main gate were also blocked.

After an hour and a half, three jeeps and an Israeli police vehicle passed, followed by the cycling settlers. Twenty minutes later they had all passed by, and the main road was opened once more. Israeli forces pulled back, but one military jeep remained at the main gate for several hours.