Shared Values Watch: US honors Rosa Parks, Israel announces segregated buses

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The new statue of Rose Parks. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

This week President Obama dedicated a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington DC. From the New York Times:

More than half a century after Rosa Parks helped kindle the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama, she has become the first black woman to be honored with a life-size statue in the Capitol. . . .

The statue of Mrs. Parks will sit in Statuary Hall, where lawmakers frequently pass on their way to vote, and where, Speaker John A. Boehner noted, she sits in the gaze of Jefferson Davis, the Mississippi senator who was appointed president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, said that Mrs. Parks’s decision to get arrested rather than to give up her seat helped unite the country.

“For some, Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to stand up against injustice,” he said. “For others, she was a spur to reflection and self-examination, and the reconciliation of cherished ideals of freedom, democracy and constitutional rights with the reality of life as others lived it.”

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(Image: Facebook/ Palestinian Freedom Rides)

This week the Israeli Transportation Ministry initiated plan to create segregated Palestinian-only buses in the occupied territories following a request from Israeli settlers. From Haaretz:

The Afikim bus company will begin operating Palestinian-only bus lines from the checkpoints to Gush Dan to prevent Palestinians from boarding buses with Jewish passengers. Palestinians are not allowed to enter settlements, and instead board buses from several bus stops on the Trans-Samaria highway.

Last November, Haaretz reported that the Transportation Ministry was looking into such a plan due to pressure from the late mayor of Ariel, Ron Nahman, and the head of the Karnei Shomron Local Council. They said residents had complained that Palestinians on their buses were a security risk.

The buses will begin operating Monday morning at the Eyal crossing to take the Palestinians to work in Israel. Transportation Ministry officials are not officially calling them segregated buses, but rather bus lines intended to relieve the distress of the Palestinian workers.
 

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  1. a blah chick says:

    “Transportation Ministry officials are not officially calling them segregated buses, but rather bus lines intended to relieve the distress of the Palestinian workers…”

    Isn’t that mighty white of them.

    • seafoid says:

      But why are Palestinian workers distressed ? Because they are inferior to Jews under Zionism and this is reflected in how the system deals with them.
      There is no way to polish this turd.

      As Muhammad Ali might have said “ain’t no Vietcong ever called me Arab”

    • Bumblebye says:

      Well this was quick! The segregated buses are up and running today already!
      link to 972mag.com

      “Early this morning, Palestinians from the West Bank with permits to work inside the state of Israel crammed onto bus lines specially created for “Palestinians only” — instead of using the same public buses used by Israelis. The Israeli Transportation Ministry launched the new bus lines today, for travel from the Eyal checkpoint to Tel Aviv and Kfar Saba and back to the checkpoint, after settlers complained about Palestinians using the same buses as Israelis on their way to and from work inside Israel.”

      Again, it’s about settlers complaining about having to share buses with the untermensch, not Palestinians complaining about overcrowded buses.

      And as fer Palestinians being able to use the ‘regular’ buses:

      “However, ”several bus drivers told Ynet that Palestinians who choose to travel on the so-called ‘mixed’ lines, will be asked to leave them.””

  2. jimmy says:

    tee hee..

    shared values my a s s

    israel was made for …jews and jews only

  3. Cliff says:

    I think Israelis have a better hive-mind than our racist past ruling class.

    Jewish victimhood is prized by Zionists. Religious ferver, victimhood, nationalism are a nasty mix (by any group). But factor in the enormity of the Holocaust and the history of antisemitism and blah blah – it’s very hard to see Zionist Jews overcoming their prejudices.

    They are too in love with themselves.

    In recent memory, I think of those Catholic nuns killed in the 80s by genocidal dictatorships in Latin America who we supported. And at the time our SecDef (I think), gave them a luke-warm to insulting eulogy. I’ll have to dig that up. I remember it from a Chomsky lecture and then looked into it myself by reading up on the history of the Christian Right.

    In any case, Zionists are incapable (psychologically/socially) of having a collective Rosa Parks moment.

    You would have to first overcome Jewish prized victimhood (in the sense that it entails all the mendacity and sophistry we see puked forth by the likes of the right-wing Zionists in this country and the gatekeepers on the ‘left’).

    Not possible. Not in our lifetime. That kind of change is only caused by pain. It’s like the Max Blumenthal videos. He videotaped a bunch of drunk Birthright-type Jews at their most naked id. Without inhibition. Plus, probably drunk.

    And the stuff that came out of their mouths was idiotic, racist, self-loving garbage.

    In the aftermath, you had the usual sophists and liars paint it as a dishonest portrayal (HA, yea right, just look at the follow-up similar guerrilla style interviews like ‘Feeling The Hate in NYC’).

    But also, one of the kids in the video supposedly had to go to rehab. His mom called Max and asked him to take the video down. It was causing the kid stress because he was clearly embarrassed. Perhaps he wasn’t embarrassed because of the views he puked up but rather the fact that they were exposed. Nevertheless, he had some shame. The whole thing could have been a lie too and the Mom instead was embarrassed.

    But still. The point, and Max made this too in an interview about the son/mom/rehab, is that if you don’t HAVE to look at yourself in the mirror – you won’t.

    And you don’t ever self-introspect when things are going sky-high and your way. It takes pain and a fall from grace.

    • American says:

      “Jewish victimhood is prized by Zionists. Religious ferver, victimhood, nationalism are a nasty mix (by any group). But factor in the enormity of the Holocaust and the history of antisemitism and blah blah – it’s very hard to see Zionist Jews overcoming their prejudices”..Cliff

      That is what goes round and round in mind when thinking about zionism, Israel and the Jews…..can they- will they…..ever let the victimhood identity go. I’ve called it a vicious circle , a self fulfilling prophecy…..I see no end to it, I don’t know how it could be ended. No matter what happens to Israel or to the zionist becuase of their own actions they will just add it to the list of Jewish persecutions just because they were Jewish, not the result of anything they or Israel did.
      Avigail has written she believes their society/ attitude can be changed ..but I don’t know, you’d be up against 2000 years of victimhood. It would be like trying to re float the Titantic from the ocean floor.
      It may be that the world has to treat zionism and the victimhood it rest on as a chronic but managable or containable disease, not something that can be cured and resolved. That’s the conclusion I’ve been coming to lately.

      • Citizen says:

        Hard to see things change when the religion itself celebrates winning ethnic tribal battles over endless, cyclical jew-haters.

      • Joe Ed says:

        The deeply ingrained belief in 2,000 years of victimhood.

      • Ecru says:

        Your reference to 2000 years really caught my attention simply because this figure quoted so often shows how much the victim-hood has become mythologised. 2000 years is saying the Iceni, the Corieltauvi etc were all somehow anti-semitic, without being aware that Jews even existed! So it’s not just a case of breaking through the victim self-identification, it’s breaking through the mythology constructed to re-enforce that identity. A mythology so all pervasive that many outside the group have bought into it and the act of merely questioning can and often is met with cries of anti-semitism.

        I’ve had the debate many times and even with the facts staring them in the face I’m afraid Jewish Zionists seem incapable of sloughing off their much loved status as the worlds only and greatest victims. It makes internal change a difficult thing to envisage because so much of the identity is caught up in this mythological history and the idea that Jewish history has only been a history of the eternal victim. Honestly I even met one person who described the Assyrians as anti-semitic!

        There’s an old quote I’m reminded of, though I can’t remember from who or even the exact words but it’s something like :-
        Others have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a neuroses.
        To which I would add
        And Zionists have a full blown psychosis.

        Zionism seems to feed of Jewish history and mythology to create what seems to be the worlds single most paranoid philosophy in history and like you I’m honestly not sure there’s a cure.

    • Kathleen says:

      “And the stuff that came out of their mouths was idiotic, racist, self-loving garbage.”

      Spewed hatred towards Palestinians, Obama. Those kids were filled with a sickness

  4. jimmy says:

    Time Covers 1968-1970…..interesting

    link to youtube.com

    yasser the terrorist

  5. tree says:

    I posted this on another thread and its still awaiting moderation, but it seems that it would be just as appropriate on this thread.

    The settler media outlet Arutz Sheva reported (Hebrew) a highly “irregular” occurrence on Wednesday morning, in which a Palestinian stood next to Jewish Israelis at a hitchhiking stop near the West Bank settlement of Beit El. Avigdor Shatz, the Binyamin Regional Council’s chief security officer in the area, was quoted as saying:

    ‘Palestinians are not supposed to stand next to Jews at the same hitchhiking stop, certainly not in Beit El.’

    Shatz admitted that the law does not actually bar Palestinians from standing at the Givat Asaf hitchhiking stop, named after the illegal outpost nearby. “It is not defined as Israeli territory since it is outside the settlement.” However, he said it was an “irregular” and “strange” incident, and warned Israelis to keep their distance and to call the police and report such incidents. “We will get forces there to examine the suspect. Usually it is nothing.”

    I guess in apartheid Israel, it’s news when a Palestinian dares to stand next to Jews.

    link to 972mag.com

    Notice it is the Binyamin Regional Council’s security chief who is promising to send forces to “examine the suspect”. This area is even outside their (illegal) jurisdiction, and yet they’re allowed to operate there to harass Palestinians who, by their own admission, are not violating any Israeli law .

    • Avi_G. says:

      It’s part of the diseased mentality that considers Palestinians to be encroaching on Jewish land by their mere presence in Palestine, and more specifically, in the occupied West Bank.

      Once you see the world from the twisted, criminal, immoral and barbaric point of view of Greater Israel’s settler colonist, then you will start to understand their language and what they write.

      Then statements made by Meir Kahana, John Podhoretz, Dov Hikind and Daniel Pipes will seem like they were made by Plato and Confucius.

      Try to imagine the depravity.

      • RoHa says:

        “Then statements made by Meir Kahana, John Podhoretz, Dov Hikind and Daniel Pipes will seem like they were made by Plato and Confucius.”

        Both Plato and Confucius were moral philosophers. Their concern was the well being of humanity.

        When did either of them say anything as repulsive as the venom that spouts from Kahana, Hivkind, etc.?

        • Avi_G. says:

          RoHa,

          Please read my comment again. It’s self explanatory.

        • RoHa says:

          No, I don’t get it.

          What do Plato and Confucius have to do with ” diseased mentality”, and “the twisted, criminal, immoral and barbaric point of view of Greater Israel’s settler colonist”?

        • RoHa says:

          Are you suggesting that the settler colonists are so bad they make Kahana, Hivkind, etc., look good?

          I can’t see much difference between them.

    • seafoid says:

      “Binyamin Region” – what a load of crap. It’s the colonist name for the colony.

  6. piotr says:

    link to ynetnews.com

    An Arab-Israel student at the Ariel College in the West Bank claimed she was told to get off a bus because she “dared” to speak Arabic on her cell phone. Hanin Muslah said that during Thursday’s incident she was also subjected to a full body search.

    Muslah, who is originally from the Wadi Ara area and is studying for a degree in engineering at the establishment’s architecture and interior design department, said two armed security guards boarded the bus near a checkpoint as it was leaving Ariel. She claimed that the guards questioned her after hearing her speak Arabic and eventually ordered her to get off the bus.

    “As I was talking on my cell I noticed they were pointing at me,” said Muslah, who takes the same bus home every day. “I started to cry. I have never been so humiliated in my entire life. They took me off the bus in the middle of nowhere. I told them, ‘I’m an Israeli, just like you are, so why are you treating me like this? Why take me off the bus in such a degrading manner?’”

    • Avi_G. says:

      Quite frankly, she deserved it. What was she doing attending a ‘college’ at an illegal colony in the occupied West Bank? Sure the tuition is lower than universities and colleges in Tel-Aviv or Hertzeliya, but there’s a limit to how far one should to go to save a few dollars.

    • AbeBird says:

      Why An Arab-Israel student goes to Ariel College in the West Bank?
      What a Chutzpah!!!! (-;

    • eljay says:

      >> ” … I told them, ‘I’m an Israeli, just like you are, so why are you treating me like this? Why take me off the bus in such a degrading manner?’”

      Because you’re not an Israeli just like them. They are supremacist “Jewish State”; you are a mere human being.

  7. IL1948 says:

    Adam

    In keeping with your long standing tradition of being a self-hating, dishonest pseudo-intellectual pansy, you conveniently fail to mention that Palestinians will be allowed to ride whatever bus they want and will not be forced to ride the Palestinian bus. You likewise fail to mention that the new service lines were implemented to address complaints lodged by Palestinian passengers.

    Not that your moderators would ever allow these points to be published…

    • Ecru says:

      And why exactly were the Palestinian passengers complaining?

    • fail to mention that the new service lines were implemented to address complaints lodged by Palestinian passengers.

      Jewish bus riders have complained that the buses were overcrowded and said they were concerned about security risks, Ynet reported. Jewish and Palestinian riders have scuffled verbally and physically on the buses, according to reports.

      link to timesofisrael.com

      Israel will open new “Palestinian bus routes” in the West Bank tomorrow after bowing to pressure from settlers who argue that sharing transportation is a security risk.

      link to independent.co.uk

    • talknic says:

      IL1948 “Palestinians will be allowed to ride whatever bus they want and will not be forced to ride the Palestinian bus”

      Uh? You mean the illegal Israeli settlers who deemed it necessary for people who’re not illegal Israeli settlers to have to ride in separate buses, will now allow them to ride in the bus and all this has been for nothing? That they’ll be willing to have to go through the same road blocks and security checks as the buses for for people who’re not illegal Israeli settlers?

      WANNA BET?

      “You likewise fail to mention that the new service lines were implemented to address complaints lodged by Palestinian passengers. “

      Get your guide dog some glasses and have read for you again

      // the Transportation Ministry was looking into such a plan due to pressure from the late mayor of Ariel, Ron Nahman, and the head of the Karnei Shomron Local Council. They said residents had complained that Palestinians on their buses were a security risk//

      //Afikim bus company to have special buses for Palestinian workers commuting from the West Bank to jobs in central Israel; announcement follows complaints from settlers that Palestinians are a security risk//

      //Israeli police at checkpoints in the West Bank would remove Palestinian passengers from regular bus lines and order them to use the new ones.//

      One of the basic tenets of Judaism is the prohibition on bearing false witness. That you do on behalf of the JEWISH State is quite bizarre.

  8. joer says:

    What some people can’t see or won’t admit is that in terms of fear of a racial threat or issue, our values are very much in line with Israel. First of all, look at our prison system and who is housed in it. Even in times of financial crisis, the one government program that keeps growing is the prison system(including privately run prisons). Most American cities I know of have huge ghettoes, not to mention cities like Gary, Indiana or Camden, New Jersey that are pretty much all ghetto. And there is always pressure to go backwards, as the case that’s coming to the Supreme Court to reverse the Voting Rights Act-not to mention all the voting suppresion issues in general that are happening lately. So they built a statue to Rosa Parks, la de da. And we have a mixed race president-that is not so much that we have improved so much as a society, as it is because of the “demographic threat” that Israel is so worried about.

    Now I am not saying we have the curfews, massive military attacks on civilians, etc. that Israel has, but so many issues are drawn, almost magnetically, back to solutions like more prisons, border fences, tougher laws, etc. Today, even wanting to talk about solving the root causes of so many of our problems is actually laughable.

    My view is that many Americans find same Israeli practices we find repulsive, very attractive indeed to the point that they live vicasiously through Israel’s swift tough actions. I am old enough to remember when Israel had a hippie-ish reputation with the kibbutzes and folk dancing, and it was not nearly so popular as now that they have their Terminator image. If you want to change our relationship with Israel and Palestine(and really the rest of the world-we have a military force in 150 c0untries around the world, not to mention military aid to others, such as our special ally), we are going to have to change ourselves. And more deeply than unveiling a statue during Black History Month.

    • gamal says:

      “My view is that many Americans find same Israeli practices we find repulsive, very attractive indeed to the point that they live vicariously through Israel’s swift tough actions. I am old enough to remember when Israel had a hippie-ish reputation with the kibbutzes and folk dancing, and it was not nearly so popular as now that they have their Terminator image. If you want to change our relationship with Israel and Palestine(and really the rest of the world-we have a military force in 150 c0untries around the world, not to mention military aid to others, such as our special ally), we are going to have to change ourselves. And more deeply than unveiling a statue during Black History Month.”

      dear Joe R cant tell you how much these sentiments are appreciated, i find your words genuinely inspiring.

      “On Judgement Day I’ll be playing music for the Rebels” Raging Fyah

  9. Bandolero says:

    Just in the news there’s more on shared values.

    While Joe Biden commemorates Black Sunday in Alabama, John Kerry is celebrating shared values with friends in Riyadh today. And Mr Saud sounds like Netanyahu on Iran there.

    As far as I understand the shared values between Riyadh and Washington, they are measured in barrels of oil.

  10. pabelmont says:

    Some of the comments suggest that zionists/Israelis are so deeply unified with their racist ideology that the two are one: no Rosa Parks moment is possible (they say).

    Assuming the truth of this idea, arguendo, it follows that a significant change in Israel (to removing settlers and wall and settlements and siege of Gaza — or ending occupations (I’d include Golan there)) CANNOT arise voluntarily or because of small pressures. It’ll require LARGE pressure, economic pressure, the “S” in “BDS”. So I hope Obama and Kerry are letting the EU know that it is fine with them if EU starts putting the economic screws to Israel.