Israel gives up on bus apartheid

The Israeli government has had to suspend a recently passed law that would have prevented Palestinians from travelling on the same buses as Israelis.

The apartheid-style segregation law was introduced by Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon on Wednesday but provoked outrage from Israeli opposition.

The segregation programme was however short-lived and within hours of being launched, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was “unacceptable” and suspended it with immediate effect. The programme would have run a three-month trial.

If implemented, the programme would have stopped Palestinians who commute to Israel for work from using public transport available to Israelis living in West Bank settlements.

Source: eNCA