Segregated buses are only the tip of the occupation's iceberg


The international community assists the Israeli segregation regime by averting its eyes. Such injustices would not be viewed with understanding if directed at Jews anywhere in the world.


The fact that a plan to segregate Jews and Palestinians on buses in the territories has now been frozen admittedly brings a sigh of relief. But it’s impossible to conclude from this that Israeli policies in the territories are free of moral shame and disgrace.


This impression is strengthened by what Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who proposed the plan, said on Wednesday: that he has no intention of canceling it. Ya’alon’s claim that the plan is meant to serve security needs is unconvincing. That’s because it was drafted first and foremost to appease the settlers, who wanted not to have to share buses with Palestinians.


Segregation on buses has great symbolic power: It recalls the trauma of racism against blacks in the United States and South Africa. Therefore, removing it from the agenda was important to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, because he didn’t want to cause a global outcry.


A move so blatantly racist would have sparked harsh criticism of Israel’s policy of occupation, and the world would have understood this decision in the only way it could be understood – that Israel had decided to institute an apartheid regime in the territories.


But despite the fact that this insane decision has been iced, it’s clear that segregated buses are just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath this visible tip lies an established policy of separation, anchored in the very foundations of Israel’s rule over the territories. This rule stipulates freedom of movement for Jews but restrictions for Palestinians; permits for houses only in specific communities, rather than an egalitarian permit system based on just and fair criteria; eligibility for social benefits and welfare services for one side only; dispossession of the other side from its lands; and of course, different legal systems for people who live in the same territory, including different court systems, different punishments and more.


Segregated buses attract attention that the daily practices of the occupation don’t manage to attract. For instance, the dispossession of Palestinians from the village of Sussia in the South Hebron Hills, which was recently approved by the High Court of Justice, hasn’t sparked an outcry similar to that sparked by the bus plan, even though it is tainted with the same injustice.


Thanks to the ostensibly temporary nature of the occupation, the international community assists the Israeli segregation regime by averting its eyes. Such injustices would not be viewed with understanding if they were directed at Jews anywhere in the world. Moreover, the expansion of the settlements and the strength of their supporters in recent governments prove that the occupation is far from ending. Therefore, it must be treated as a permanent intrusion.


And the defense minister’s dangerous plans must be rejected immediately.

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the information ist wrong. one minister wanted to do that but after many interventions from all sides he had to pull back.

read here:

"Doch Ya’alons Vorhaben wurde in Israel selbst angezweifelt und scharf kritisiert – von linken Parteien, Politikern und Organisationen ohnehin, aber auch aus Armee- und Regierungskreisen – und schließlich noch am Mittwoch wieder kassiert. Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu fand das Pilotprojekt »inakzeptabel« und wies seinen Verteidigungsminister an, es unverzüglich zu stoppen und einzufrieren. Staatspräsident Reuven Rivlin sagte, die Regelung separiere Juden und Araber auf der Grundlage von Ideen, für die es keinen Platz geben dürfe, und verstoße »gegen die Grundlagen des Staates Israel«. Moshe Ya’alon ruderte schließlich zurück: Getrennte öffentliche Verkehrsmittel seien nie geplant gewesen, beteuerte er."

dieses hast du "vergisst" uns zu sagen ... wie auch warum wurde es abgelehnt .....


The plan had been discussed and advocated by the settlers and government ministers for at least two years.  Clearly, with the new cabinet being the most radical in Israeli history, this apartheid bus plan had the full support of the entire government.

But apparently, Yaalon didn’t get all his Likud ducks in a row.  Former minister Gideon Saar, no liberal he, tweeted that the bus plan created a severe image problem for Israel in the world and that the plan should be stopped forthwith.  I’m guessing the prime minister may’ve also heard from Pres. Rivlin, who seems to be what’s left of Likud’s moral conscience.