Israel Segregates Buses for Palestinians
The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world—Rosa Parks
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Even in Israel, the described plan is illegal. Thus, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, it was decided to renew the identity checks to Palestinians at the Eyal Crossing. Palestinians traveling in one of the "mixed" lines, they would be requested to step down and pass the check. From there, they would be allowed to continue only in a Palestinian bus. The ministry issued an oddly racist statement, claiming, "The new lines are not separate lines for Palestinians but rather two designated lines meant to improve the services offered to Palestinian workers who enter Israel through the Eyal Crossing." The statement continued, "The Transportation Ministry is forbidden from preventing any passenger from boarding any line of public transportation." In this case, it wasn't referring to the Palestinians but to the settlers. The Palestinian lines are being hidden from the Jewish population; maybe in a sad attempt to let them think that they live in a democracy. The picture below shows a Transportation Ministry pamphlet announcing the new lines. The Transportation Ministry logo and the Afikim bus company data appear in Hebrew, but everything related to the buses is in Arabic. Most Israeli Jews cannot read Arabic, despite it being an official language, thus unless they read the March 2 newspapers, they won't know that the lines exist.
"The new lines will reduce congestion and will benefit Israelis and Palestinians alike," the ministry continued to justify its crimes. I was about to drop the entire issue, when the ministry's last sentence strike like a lightning on TNT barrel, "Installing these lines was done with the knowledge and complete agreement of the Palestinians." I am sorry, but no Palestinian has the right to renounce his rights, in the same way that no Israeli has the right to violate them; Israel is so deep down the path of Apartheid that it cannot understand even this elementary truth. What else needs to happen, to dismantle Israeli Apartheid?
It always seems impossible until its done.—Nelson Mandela
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