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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beulah Land In The Rear-View Mirror !

Must Have Took A Wrong Turn. Let Me Check That There GPS !

The future of peace and progress... that's what we have been driving away from all this time. We thought we had been driving to Beulah Land, but we had been going away from it. We thought to have been climbing the mountain, but we are deeper in the  valley.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank commute daily to work in Israel but following complaints by West Bank settlers about sharing buses, the country's transport ministry has introduced two new Palestinians-only bus services.
It says the new buses offer Palestinian commuters a cheaper alternative but critics have drawn parallels with the 'separate but equal' doctrine that was declared discriminatory by the US supreme court in the 1950s.
Although a number of Palestinian commuters have welcomed the move, however, the Palestinian Authority has not.
Human rights groups insist that Israel discriminates between Israelis and Palestinians.
"Creating separate bus lines for Israeli Jews and Palestinians is a revolting plan," Jessica Montell, director of the B'Tselem rights group, said on Army Radio. "This is simply racism. Such a plan cannot be justified with claims of security needs or overcrowding."
Evil comes even from good intentions; Slavery came from a desire to augment agriculture; Thomas Jefferson had his young boy slaves whipped to the nail factory to inculcate punctuality.

To be in Beulah Land is to be aware that each and every step is fraught with the potential danger of back-sliding.

"To compare this system to apartheid discredits those individuals who suffered under the tyrannical South African regime and Jim Crow laws that took place in the South through the 1960s. In fact one of the ways that this system came about in order to come into place by having two separate bus lines was at the request of Palestinian workers who are trying to be able to spend more time with their families by having an easier, cheaper and faster alternative to get to work."
-  Gregg Roman, Jewish Community Relations Council of Pittsburgh

Mr. Roman is quite correct. I agree with him entirely. This system cannot be compared to other systems. It is similar to the old saying (Anna Karenina) that happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Every systematic inequity contains within itself a unique mixture of "unhappiness".

The fact that Palestinian workers requested this is even more damning, for the buses run the same routes, yet the Palestinians were hindered greatly by settlers who objected to sharing the same buses. There seems to be no doubt they were hindered. What forms did the obstacles take?

Mr. Roman is again X-correct, for good intentions pave the bus route to an unhappy place.

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