From: Jonathan Pollak [mailto:Jonat...@popularstruggle.org]
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2011 11:47 PM
To: Dorothy Naor
Subject: Palestinians to Challenge Segregation By Riding Settler Buses to Je...
Monday, 7 November 2011
Palestinian Freedom Riders to Challenge Segregation By Riding Settler Buses
Palestinian activists will reenact the US Civil Rights Movement's Freedom
Rides to the American South by boarding segregated Israeli public
transportation in the West Bank to travel to occupied East Jerusalem.
When: Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Meeting point: the Ramallah Cultural Palace at 1:00 PM
Media contact: 054-632-7736
Next Tuesday, Palestinian activists will attempt to board segregated Israeli
public transportation headed from inside the West Bank to occupied East
Jerusalem in an act of civil disobedience inspired by the Freedom
Riders of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 60's.
Fifty years after the U.S. Freedom Riders staged mixed-race bus rides
through the roads of the segregated American South, Palestinian Freedom
Riders will be asserting their right for liberty and dignity by disrupting
the military regime of the Occupation through peaceful civil disobedience.
The Freedom Riders seek to highlight Israel's attempts to illegally sever
occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, and the apartheid
system that Israel has imposed on Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Several Israeli companies, among them Egged and Veolia, operate dozens of
lines that run through the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, many of
them subsidized by the state. They run between different Israeli
settlements, connecting them to each other and cities inside Israel. Some
lines connecting Jerusalem to other cities inside Israel, such as Eilat and
Beit She'an, are also routed to pass through the West Bank.
Israelis suffer almost no limitations on their freedom of movement in the
occupied Palestinian territory, and are even allowed to settle in it,
contrary to international law. Palestinians, in contrast, are not allowed to
enter Israel without procuring a special permit from Israeli authorities.
Even Palestinian movement inside the Occupied Territories is heavily
restricted, with access to occupied East Jerusalem and some 8% of the West
Bank in the border area also forbidden without a similar permit.
While it is not officially forbidden for Palestinians to use Israeli public
transportation in the West Bank, these lines are effectively segregated,
since many of them pass through Jewish-only settlements, to which
Palestinian entry is prohibited by a military decree.
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