Minister of Defense not content with moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, means to keep them off entirely

Published: 
26 Oct 2014

Woman getting off a bus serving Palestinians only, Eyal Checkpoint. Photo: Baz Ratner, Reuters, 4 March 2013
Woman getting off a bus serving Palestinians only, Eyal Checkpoint. Photo: Baz Ratner, Reuters, 4 March 2013

In response to reports that Israeli Minster of Defense Moshe Ya’alon intends to yield to the settler demand to prevent Palestinian day laborers from returning home to the West Bank on Israeli public buses, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says that Minister Ya'alon is not content with merely moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, but means to keep them off buses altogether.

It is time to stop hiding behind technical arrangements such as the demand that Palestinians return to the West Bank through the same checkpoint they entered Israel, and admit this military procedure is thinly veiled pandering to the demand for racial segregation on buses.