How Israel’s Bus Segregation Affects Palestinian Workers

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‘Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has argued for keeping Palestinian workers off of public Israeli buses. Yaalon says the laborers are dangerous and harass Israeli women. AJ+ caught a ride on one of the buses to hear from a Palestinian about it. Raji Abdallah Saleh Ahmed explains that sharing a bus is about much more than sharing a ride: “It helps build peace.”‘

AJ+ “This Is How Israel’s Bus Segregation Affects This Palestinian”

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  1. This is just one more step toward complete segregation between Arabs and Jews in the region that is being proposed by an Israeli cabinet minister.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has just proposed offering financial incentives to Israel’s approximate 21% Arab population to vacate the country. Ironically, Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany to Palestine during the 1930s was promoted by an eerily similar arrangement – the Haavara Transfer Agreement – which had been negotiated between the German government and the Lehi terror gang leaders.

    Lieberman has also proposed recently that areas of Israel with a large percentage of Palestinian Israeli citizens be ceded to the Palestinian Authority – thus lowering the overall percentage of Arabs within Israel proper.

    This is also against the backdrop of PM Netanyahu’s attempts to have Israel declared a “Jewish State” by the Knesset and to decertify Arabic as a state-recognized national language.

    • The Haavara Transfer agreement was very cunning.

      The problem is that the Nazis wanted the Jews out of Germany. Unfortunately the Jews (understandably) wanted to take their money with them in the form of foreign currency, but Germany didn’t possess enough foreign currency to make this possible (the Third Reich was desparately short of foreign currency for its entire period of existence). Perhaps that was what motivated Kristallnacht in 1938 — the Nazis wanted to scare the Jews into leaving without their money.

      While Britain (like all countries during the Great Depression) was reluctant to admit penniless refugees, it did allow immigration to Palestine by anyone with at least £1,000 (under a so-called “capitalist visa”). The Haavara Transfer Agreement exploited this loophole by allowing German Jews to buy certificates from Berlin which credited them with enough pounds to buy the visas, which Zionist businesses could then use to buy German goods for sale to Jewish or Arab customers. This thus solved the Nazis’ problem with their foreign currency shortage, by ensuring that no hard currency ultimately left Germany, only exports.

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