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Israel's colonial logic

Issue No. 2343

Israel and its backers have always reacted with outrage when it is accused of developing a segregated, apartheid state.

But now the Israeli government has introduced separate bus lines for Palestinians and Israelis travelling into Israel’s cities from the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli transport ministry helpfully announced that the new service offers Palestinians cheaper and more reliable transportation to their jobs in Israel.

Bus drivers on existing services have already refused to allow Palestinians on board.

Police frequently remove Palestinians from shared buses.

The new set up will mean more harassment of Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers are more likely to delay buses when they know they are not carrying settlers.

The Jim Crow states in the US South used the same weasel words when they brought in segregated services.

Israel’s latest move brings to mind the Civil Rights struggle that Rosa Parks initiated to end segregated buses in the US.

Israel recently admitted giving contraceptive injections to black Jews from Ethiopia without their knowledge.

The scandal showed that Israel’s bigotry extends beyond Palestinians.

Israel is built on the oppression of Palestinians.

The colonial logic of Israel’s settler state pushes it to become ever more racist.

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What We Think
Tue 5 Mar 2013, 15:46 GMT
Issue No. 2343
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