Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Freedom Rides - The Latest Greatest PR Stunt for the PA

Who is the PR Firm that directs the Palestinian Authority? The firm is made up of geniuses. I think the Israeli government should hire them. It doesn't matter if what they're pushing at the moment is truth or falsehood, they put out the gimmick with such flair and fact that folks think it's real. (Remember the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels – if you tell a lie big enough and often enough, folks will believe. That really works!)
Well, good for you, guys. PR firm, whatever you get paid, it's not enough.
Today's latest PA publicity stunt was a trip on Egged for "Palestinian Freedom Riders".  Arabs were going to get on Egged buses in Judea and Samaria to "expose" the apartheid policies of "Settler buses".
What an idea!
It doesn't matter that Arabs ride buses or trains around the country, but they can prove segregation by getting on a bus in Yesha (Judea and Samaria).
Actually, I remember once upon a time riding along with Arabs on the buses from Yesha. The problem was that Arabs sometimes blow themselves up, and that's a nasty piece of work to deal with on your bus – especially if you're in a hurry to get to school or work.
Because of those few hundreds of self-detonating Arabs, no Arabs are welcome on buses from Judea and Samaria.
The Arabs wanted the public to see the bus rides as an echo of the United States Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. But I don't recall that Rosa Parks or any of her kinfolk tried to blow up any American buses. They were just upset about being shafted to the back of the bus. But they never tried to destroy the bus along with the people on it.
If you'd like to talk about real segregation, look at the Arab bus line that runs throughout Jerusalem and beyond. The blue and white striped buses are Arab only (just like everything else in the Palestinian Authority). Perhaps Israelis should have stood at Arab bus stops today, and tried to get on those buses. The only thing is that I don't think they would have gotten a very friendly reception.
More on how the day went:


  1. Great post Sharon. I made a video specifically on this issue highlighting the hypocrisy of the "freedom of movement" issue. Feel free to share with others: http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/ist-12-who-really-has-freedom-of-movement-in-israel