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article imagePalestinian-only bus lines invoke charges of racism

By Paul Iddon     Mar 4, 2013 in Politics
Various Israeli rights groups have accused the Transport Ministry of racism for opening bus lines exclusively for Palestinians in the West Bank.
Under the pretext of serving to "relieve overcrowding buses," and generally improving public transportation services in the West Bank the Israeli Transport Ministry has introduced two bus lines that are to exclusively transport Palestinians there.
Reacting to this development the director of the renowned Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, Jessica Montell, has contended that, "Creating separate bus lines for Israeli Jews and Palesitnians is a revolting plan. This is simply racism. Such a plan cannot be justified with claims of security needs or overcrowding." (Jerusalem Post, March 4 2013)
The Secretary General of the Palestinian Workers Trade Union, Sadir Said, also condemned this decision which he proclaimed to be "racist and dangerous" stating that, "This is one of the dangerous decisions taken by Israeli authorities. We fear that Israeli radicals may take advantage of this decision and target Palestinian laborers. The decision reminds us of the previous massacres Israel has conducted." (World Bulletin, March 4 2013)
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