Uh, Segregated Buses aren’t the Issue on the West Bank, Folks

Russia Today reports on the controversy over Israel’s segregated bus lines for Palestinians coming in and out of the West Bank.

UAE’s The National has more.

It is a little odd that the segregated buses should have caused an uproar whereas the Israeli illegal de facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank and settling it with Jews-only colonies seems to be all right with people.

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  1. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but even the colonies wouldn’t be such a big deal if the Jewish settlers didn’t shoot and kill the Arabs they encounter. Maybe my information is out of date or biased.

    • The colonies steal land and resources from the Palestinian people, they restrict freedom of movement and they permanently block the establishment of a coherent and viable Palestinian State without which the Palestinians will remain at the mercy of their occupiers and unrepresented within the government that, in effect, governs them.

      The violence and the separate bus lines come from the same place, which is the racist and unhistorical assertion that the Palestinians are trespassers and have no rights.

      In my opinion the reason the segregated buses stand out is because it makes the similarities with South Africa’s former policies a lot more credible, even to people who’ve thus far been determined to ignore them.

    • You can’t plant colonies anymore. Violation of the international law of occupation. No one else has started a colony on foreign soil with legal extraterritoriality since 1945 – depending on what the legal status of Tibet was pre-1962.

  2. Segregated bus lines are something that even dumb goyim can understand as WRONG. The occupation is glossed over as The Big Lie.

  3. Segregated buses evoke racism and the civil rights movement for Americans which makes it hit home a little harder. What is scary is that this tells us that Americans do not see the racism present in other Israeli actions in Palestine – rather, we justify those policies as “practical” and “necessary.” I am sure we would have said the same about segregated buses if not for Rosa Parks and our own revealing history.

    • We don’t see any problem with all that land we stole from the Indians either – as long as the Indians live under “freedom” as mainstream Americans define it. So stolen land good, Jim Crow buses bad.

      To put it more bluntly, we believe that we need the economic value of that land to live as we deserve, but we live under the myth that racist practices are unnecessary to support our economic system. Before the latter view was seemingly obsoleted by America’s postwar prosperity, Jim Crow was still a mainstream American belief. Reverse that prosperity in the 21st century for most folks, and Jim Crow will start to look pretty necessary again.

  4. It is not odd to see the reaction to the buses. The sold out US MSM has spread the hasbara line for so long that many Americans actually believe that the Palestinians in the West Bank are illegally occupying Israeli land and have no true concept of occupied and occupier.The endless repitition of the hasbara line along with the notoriously short American attention span, has dulled their senses.

    All Americans , on the other hand, are familiar with the history of segregated buses and Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. Since they can identify with it, they are rightfully outraged.

    If the MSM did an accurate, truthful and fair job of reporting on the occupation, the apartheid conditions, and the true nature of the conflict, they would be similarly outraged over the occupation and colonization.

  5. I’d say it is an example of different national cultures in action. As brutality in the modern middle east goes forcing Palestinians to use a couple of separate bus lines hardly signifies. Israel and other countries have of course done much worse But it resonates in the US due to how big of a deal the whole civil rights movement was and integrated public transit was a big part of that.

  6. “t is a little odd that the segregated buses should have caused an uproar whereas the Israeli illegal de facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank and settling it with Jews-only colonies seems to be all right with people.”

    Was there even a mention of the illegal settlements? Have to listen again

    • She did say something about shorter time so now the Palestinians do not have to go through the illegal settlements and be constantly reminded of how their land continues to be stolen. How thoughtful of the Israeli’s

  7. Segregated buses aren’t “the issue,” but they are “an issue.” Cole mistakenly implies that a focus on segregated buses excludes focus on the occupation, but in reality, segregated buses should be viewed as yet another expression of the racism upon which the occupation is based.

    People have known about the annexation of Palestinian land since 1967, but nothing ever changes, in part because Israeli propaganda has succeeded in portraying the occupation as “self-defense” for Jewish Israelis. But segregated buses have huge symbolic value because they bring to mind the American civil rights movement. Because of its symbolic value, and because Palestinian resistance is (in part) a civil rights movement, the bus issue is an appropriate focus for people who care about justice. Cole is wrong (again).

  8. IMHO, the segregated buses, while not an ‘issue’ as regards the overall dismal quality of life for Palestinians in or out of occupied territory (whatever you might consider those boundaries to be), they are without doubt prima facie evidence of Israel’s construction of an apartheid state in the West Bank. As some others have observed, it’s a potent symbol upon which to focus outrage and to motivate resistance… much like Rosa Parks’ seat on the bus or the lunch counters on North Carolina.

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