Monday, March 4, 2013
Israel has been accused of promoting racial segregation by introducing Palestinian-only buses after complaints were made by Jewish settlers that mixed buses are a security risk
The Transport Ministry said that the two new bus lines, which will run between the occupied West Bank and Israel, is an improvement in the service but rights groups described the move as racist. The ministry opened the lines after Jewish settlers complained of the dangers of having Palestinians on regular buses. Rights groups have voiced concern that Israeli police at checkpoints in the West Bank would remove Palestinian passengers from regular bus lines and order them to use the new ones. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that all Palestinians returning to the West Bank would be searched for stolen property, describing this as a routine Israeli precaution. I find it interesting that Jews are opposed to racial segregation in the United States, but not in Israel. Will there be a Palestinian Rosa Parks? And will American Jews support her?