Monday, March 4, 2013

Israel - segregated bus service

Israel has started two Palestinians-only bus lines to transport Palestinian laborers between the West Bank and Israel. The Palestinians are Israel's 'illegal immigrants' that are good enough to do the crap jobs but not good enough to live in Israel or in their own land. [Israel launches segregated bus service].

The Israelis justify it as a means to eliminate a security risk. That is the claims of the Jewish settlers while others in Israel properly labelled it racism, but "the Transport Ministry called an improvement in service." Great spin.

It is actions like this that cause other countries in Middle East to see Zionism as the root cause of the unrest in that area. “Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.” That remark by the leader of Turkey Erdogan at an U.N. Alliance of Civilizations meeting is understandable despite the 'Israel is our friend' scolding by the Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

Kerry had characterize the remark as complicating efforts to forge Mideast peace. What BS - the US has done little to forge Mideast peace. Kerry apparently sees the way to Middle East peace as bribing Egypt.

After President Carter no president has made any other effort than that approved by Israel. There will never be peace in the Middle East until Israel realizes that it has to live on this planet with the rest of us - the ones we like and those we don't.

The state of Israel exists because of the financial and military support given. Arguably that support could have been better used to assist Americans."Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person." [Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US].

It is time to use that leverage.

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