Palestinian workers 'not welcome' on Israeli buses?

 
Every day, thousands of Palestinians go to work in Israel by taking the same buses as Jewish settlers. The buses are mostly driven by Israelis. This forced co-existence is becoming increasingly tense, as we can see in a video filmed by a FRANCE 24 Observer.
 
In the video, a Palestinian returning to the West Bank is barred from boarding by the bus driver for no apparent reason. He is made to wait for Israeli police to arrive before he is allowed on board. Palestinians with permits to work in Israel – permits obtained every morning after thorough security checks and only valid until the evening – are regularly refused boarding by bus drivers under pressure from Israeli passengers who fear acts of terrorism.
 
A Palestinian worker is denied boarding a bus in Tel Aviv. Video by eranvered.
 
In response to these tensions, the Israeli Transport Ministry has recently proposed separate bus lines. This way, the argument goes, Israeli commuters will no longer feel threatened by the presence of Palestinians, who some consider to be potential terrorists. This sentiment has strengthened ever since 28 people were wounded in an attack on a bus in Tel Aviv during the Israeli military’s recent “Operation Pillar of Defence” in Gaza. The ministry argues that a special transport route for Palestinians would help them save time, since they would no longer need to change buses at each checkpoint as is the case today.
 
However, the Transport Ministry’s suggestion has outraged human rights organisations. Jessica Montell, the executive director of the B’Tselem NGO, says: “Arguments about security and decongestion shouldn’t be used to hide the latent racism [of the government’s proposal].”
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“This happens two or three times a week”

Hannah Zohar lives in Tel Aviv, where she works for Kav LaOved, an Israeli NGO working to protect workers’ rights, including those of Palestinian workers. She and a colleague recorded the video above.
 
We filmed this video on October 16 at Tel Aviv’s central bus station. I was called by the Palestinian worker in the video who told me that he had just been denied boarding a bus. So I decided to go there with a colleague. We agreed with the worker that we would get on the bus before him, and film discretely as he tried to get on the bus again. The plan went perfectly, as the bus driver refused to let him onto the bus.
 
This man works near Tel Aviv and lives in the West Bank. He makes this journey every day, and as he shows in the video, he has a work permit that allows him to travel between Israel and the Occupied Territories. The driver therefore has no right to refuse to let him board.
 
It wasn’t easy to film. As you can see, the driver and the security guards ordered us to stop filming, but we retorted by saying what we were doing was legal because we were in a public space.
 
“Creating two bus lines would further segregate the two communities”
 
I can confirm that this sort of thing happens two or three times a week. When the drivers refuse to let Palestinians board, it’s often because of pressure from Israeli passengers, who say they won’t feel safe otherwise. However, all of the Palestinians who board these buses have been forced to go through a security check point, whether they’d be returning to Israel from the West Bank, or the other way around.
 
I think creating two separate bus lines is a dangerous idea. If the government does this today to Palestinians going from the West Bank to Israel, what would stop them from doing the same thing tomorrow to Palestinians travelling within Israel, and eventually to all Israeli Arabs? Creating two lines would further the segregation of the two communities that already exists in so many areas of life. This makes me think of the segregation of blacks and whites that happened in South Africa and in the United States, and it’s very worrying.
 

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"a Palestinian returning to

"a Palestinian returning to the West Bank is barred from boarding by the bus driver for no apparent reason."

"-are regularly refused boarding by bus drivers under pressure from Israeli passengers who fear acts of terrorism."

In this article, Ms. Zohar explains the "no apparent reason" one sentence later.

Good

I wouldn't let a single paleshitian ride the bus. Get to steppin', you stone age losers.

As an israeli right-wing

As an israeli right-wing citizen, i can see why some people would fear for a palestinian to share their bus,
But, to deny a guy like that, 52 years old, with just a plain buttoned shirt (no way he's hiding anything), and CALLING THE COPS?
that just makes me mad, i am disappointed that other people in the bus didn't say anything.
this driver is a tiny tiny part of israel, and does not show how people actually act.

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Does being a right-wing Israeli citizen entail refraining from practicing proper English-language capitalization conventions?

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Hanna Zohar

Why does this woman hide behind anonymity when she denies the rights of the Israelis to protect themselves?

bus riders

after how many suicide bombers blow themselves up and people just going to work or shopping or kids to school does it take for people to grasp the idea that israelis may just have good reason to not trust arabs? i think after one it would have been enough. but jews have 2000 years of being passive and defering to european sensitivities and hostilities , but they are losing this pathelogical urge to appease. how many times would it take you , if some ethnic group was bound and determined to kill you, before you start suspecting them of being murderous savages?

How many of their homes need

How many of their homes need to be smashed to make room for Israeli homes before they defend themselves in the only way they know how? I'm not defending them other than to say your argument works both ways. Until trust is implicit and blind, it will never change between the two sides.

Israeli homes are smashed by

Israeli homes are smashed by those who say "settlement" is wrong but palestinians have lost nothing unless they are making bombs and blow their own homes up of course...

Coexistence without Terror isn't impossible

Palestinian homes aren't smashed to make place for Israeli ones. There is enough place there for both communities. In Haifa (where I live) and in the Galilee we live peacefully side by side. With or without our disagreements...
The only place where Jews are not "allowed" to live are the "occupied" territories. Mainly because the Palestinians expect to a "Jew free" state!!!!!! I'm not going to use the well known definition...

Palestinian workers 'not welcome' on Israeli buses

The segregation that occurred n South Africa was due to blatant racism. The 'non-whites' (what ever that may mean), were not terrorists, did not shoot missiles and were not kamikaz. In this whole unhappy situation as in all unhappy situations, it is the innocent that suffer on both sides. South Africa and Israel are and were very different. People who make such insane comparisons are irresponsible. Those who instigated Apartheid in South AFrica had not been through a Holocaust nor been constantly shot at.There is pain on both sides in Israel as there was quite often in South Africa too although few wanted to know that because it was more convenient and easier to make a black-white situation. Also they benefitted more. The African lost out both ways - through stupidity and racism.

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