Majority of Israeli Jews support segregated West Bank buses – poll
Israel is an apartheid state, what do you expect? No surprises here!
More than half of Jewish Israelis support having separate Jewish and
Palestinian buses in the West Bank, according to a new poll. It comes
just three weeks after a segregated bus program was scrapped following
domestic and international criticism. 52 percent of Jewish Israelis
supported segregating Jewish and Palestinian passengers on West Bank
buses, while 42 percent opposed the practice.
However, the survey
participants’ apparent support for a segregated system comes just three
weeks after that very program was scrapped after just one day, due to
uproar at home and abroad.
The short-lived program, launched on May 19, stated that Palestinian
workers would have to return from Israel to the West Bank via the same
checkpoint they left, and wouldn’t be allowed to ride Israeli buses.
The leader of the left-wing Meretz party, Zehava Galon, compared the move to “apartheid” at the time, Haaretz reported.
Support for segregated buses among Israeli Jews has existed for years,
especially among settlers, who claim they are necessary for safety. But
others, including Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, have criticized
that claim, saying Jewish settlers simply don’t want to travel with
Arabs on the bus.
A significantly higher number of Arabs (70
percent) expressed opposition to segregated buses. When asked about
Israel’s worldwide standing, 69 percent of Jewish Israelis said they
viewed it as “not good.” The survey said this awareness seemed to stem
from the intensification of calls to boycott Israel and its