Report: Israeli police order Palestinians off buses
Published Tuesday 27/11/2012 (updated) 28/11/2012 19:54
Palestinian laborers wait to cross an Israeli checkpoint.(MaanImages/file)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israel police are ordering Palestinian passengers off buses at the request of Israeli settlers, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday.
An Israeli army reservist told Haaretz that Israeli police stationed near Salfit ordered Palestinians off buses at least several times, leaving them to walk several miles and then catch taxis home.
Most of the Palestinians were laborers working around Tel Aviv.
Israeli police told Haaretz they were making sure Palestinian laborers returned to the West Bank from the same place they exited.
"The fact that a laborer has a legal work permit doesn't allow him to travel directly to the territories without going through an established crossing point," the police said in a statement.
Israel's Transport Ministry is mulling adding separate bus lines for Palestinians between the West Bank and Israel.
Settlement mayor Ron Nachman is working with the Israeli army, police and transport ministry to stop Palestinians boarding buses that go to Ariel, he wrote on his Facebook page.
"All of them are working on this problem, and we hope that they will soon find a solution to the reality that is bothering our people," he wrote.
Responding to the post, one commenter wrote "finally you remembered that we have buses filled with Arabs?" while others commented that Palestinians were "terrorists" and "monkeys."