Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Palestinians Need Their Rosa Parks

There has been great progress, great steps forward worldwide, in human and civil rights. In the United States, people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and others fought a hard battle against racial segregation - and for equal rights, such as voting - in the 1950s and 1960s, making great strides for African-Americans. These struggles paved the way, four decades later, for the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for almost thirty years for standing up against apartheid, would oversee the end of this appalling system of discrimination and become South Africa's first post-apartheid president.

So why, with all this progress, does Israel continue to lag behind. With all the struggles and accomplishments in recent history, Israel remains a throwback to earlier days in treatment and segregation of Palestinians.

The headline of this story puts it very well, on the creation of a "Palestinian-only" bus in Israel, that a Palestinian Rosa Parks is needed.

Many Israelis are appalled at this blatant segregation and discrimination, as seen in the above-mentioned story. When will the Israeli government act, when will they come into the 21st century?

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