To ensure greater security for all, the Israeli Defense Minister has banned Palestinians, who every day commute from the West Bank to Israel for work, to use the same bus of the Israelis to return to their homes. Not only that, to return to their homes to the West Bank, they would have had to go through the same checkpoints that had gone through when going into Israel. The measure was to have lasted for a three-month trial.
The new provisions would also have extended a further two hours, according to the newspaper, Harretz, the journey times for workers from the West Bank. “As part of a pilot project of three months, Palestinians who work in Israel must, as from Wednesday, return home through the same checkpoint without using the buses used by the residents of Judea and Samaria”.
Protests immediately flared up against a severely discriminatory measure that would have been a replica in Israel of the apartheid in South African. Enough to convince Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop everything. Every day, hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank go to Israel, using special permits for work, most of them in the construction sector.
Traslation by Marina Stronati