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?'"
"I don't wear a veil or traditional dresses; I don’t look Arab," said the student, "I was taken off the bus only because I spoke Arabic." The Ariel Municipality said the guards in question work for a security company that operates "according to IDF guidelines," adding that "non-Jewish citizens, including students, pass through Ariel's gate every day."And on the same day Obama introduced the Rosa Parks statue:
Starting on Monday, certain buses running from the West Bank into central Israel will have separate lines for Jews and Arabs.
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.You might ask why I bring this up. OK.
American citizens get tax breaks for investing in that company's bus system.
At the same time this is happening, we're entering the "sequestration" rabbit hole, where everything related directly to Federal spending is under scrutiny for budget cuts. But Israel, a country that sees more American financial largesse than any other, and enjoys privileges in its binational relationship with us beyond even Canada, Great Britain or Mexico, is seeking to be made immune to the sequestration process, while my social security and medicare payments will be reduced.
From Jewish Week:
At a time when sequestration is about to take a big bite out of the Pentagon budget, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be sending thousands of its citizen lobbyists to Capitol Hill next week to make sure Israel is exempted from any spending cuts.
This could prove a very risky strategy at a time when millions of Americans will be feeling the bite of the sequestration debacle, from the defense budget to the school lunch program. But not aid to Israel, which will be untouched if AIPAC gets its way.Such ingrates.
All we've done for them over the years - the list is incredibly long - and this.
If Rosa were alive, she would be holding hands with that young student in Samaria.