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Palestinian riders

On 15 November, six Palestinians took part in an anti-discrimination day of ìFreedom Ridesî called by the Popular Struggle Committee. They were arrested after boarding what are in effect ìJews onlyî buses through the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Two observers were also arrested.

The buses, operated by companies including Veolia, often subsidised by the Israeli state, connect Jewish settlements to each other and to cities in Israel. It is not officially forbidden for Palestinians to use this public transport, but it is effectively segregated since Palestinian entry to the settlements without a permit is prohibited by military decree.

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee is a non-partisan group supporting local committees in places like Bilíin, while providing a base for strategic thinking on a wider scale.

www.popularstruggle.org