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December 9, 2016 / 9 Kislev, 5777

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A Soldier’s Mother: The Bus Driver

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Bus drivers in Israel are…well, somewhat unique in many ways. Many people have stories of amazing things they have done – in terror attacks, they have risked their lives to get their passengers to safety. They’ve slammed doors closed before terrorists can get in; they’ve hit the gas pedal to move out of range; they’ve hit the brake when a terrorist was on-board hoping, and succeeding, to cause them to fall, while opening the doors so that passengers can escape.

And in less turbulent times, they have been known to turn the bus around because a child forgot to get off the bus and is crying; they have parked the bus and told passengers they won’t move until someone gets up and gives a pregnant woman or elderly man a seat.

They have been known to completely leave their route (with passengers going along for the ride) in order to drive a former prime minister to her home, or take a woman to the hospital after she suffered a heart attack, thus saving her life.

Many are greeted by name as they drive the same route for long periods of time. So many stories and now I have one too. The first was when my bus started to pull out of Ammunition Hill this evening. Many drivers try to get going because the rule is that once they are “out” of the station, they don’t have to open doors for more passengers.

Tonight, the driver closed the doors, drove about 5 yards and then stopped and opened the doors to let two more passengers get on. And then, as we wound our way through Maale Adumim, people got off, calling out “good night” or “thank you” as they left. One person got off two stops before mine.

I wasn’t sure, but I thought she was the only other passenger on the bus besides me, but I wasn’t sure.

“Is this your stop?” the driver called out to me. I wasn’t actually sure he was talking to me but I answered, “no, the next one.”

And, as he continued to drive, I asked him, “am I the last one?”

He answered that he thought so and continued. I live in a neighborhood that is a “figure 8” – the bottom circle is where I live, and no buses go there; so the buses travel down one side of the top circle and then curve around and climb back up the hill and out through the same traffic circle that begins the 8.

My stop is at the bottom of that top circle, after going down the hill, around the curve and a bit up the hill. As we approached the traffic circle that marks the point where the upper and lower circles join, the driver stopped the bus in the middle of the circle and asked me if I wanted to get out here. It saves me a bit of a walk (maybe 2 minutes) but it was still such a nice thing to do, thoughtful.

I thanked him, wished him a good night, and got out of the bus. He drove away as I walked towards home. In so many ways, this is what Israel is about – thinking of others, that thoughtful gesture, that open communication.

Paula Stern

Public Transportation to Undergo Major Expansion in Haifa

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The public transportation system in Haifa is about to expand, with seven new bus lines to be added at a cost of NIS 2.6 billion.

The upgrade will make metro Haifa “the most publicly accessible” city in Israel, according to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who called the plan a “revolution” that would serve as “a model for other cities.”

The transit network is to be based on the current three existing Metrobus lines in the city, and on the single Carmelit subway and rail car line.

Katz said the new lines are to be facilitated by the Transportation Ministry and the Yefe-Nof company – the same company that set up the Metrobus lines – and are projected for 1.2 million trips in and around Haifa daily.

The system expansion is be facilitated via the BOT (build-operate-transfer) method – a way to finance projects in which a private entity receives the tender from the public or private sector to finance, design, build and operate a contracted system or facility. The method enables the contractor to recover the investment, operating and maintenance expenses via the project itself, which typically is a long-term endeavor.

The method is used in California, Florida, Indiana, Texas and Virginia, as well as in some other nations.

Hana Levi Julian

San Francisco Bus Ad Defends BDS

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) has launched a new ad on buses in San Francisco with the slogan “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights.” The ad is not clear as to which Palestinians are bereft of those equal rights: are they the ones being repressed by Hamas that steals their charity funds, diverting them to luxury homes for Hamas bigwigs and to terror tunnels aimed at kidnapping and murdering Israeli civilians? Are they the ones struggling to make it under an incompetent, corrupt PLO-run Palestinian Authority, that hasn’t run a national election in almost ten years? Or are they Israeli Arabs, with a representation in the Knesset that matches their 20% of the population, democratic freedoms and access to higher education? Or is it too much to ask a bus ad for specifics?

The ambiguous bus ad will run for four weeks, according to a SeaMAC press release. The ad includes the slogan “Stop Anti-Boycott Legislation” and features a list of historic boycotts, including the Boston Tea Party, segregated buses in Montgomery in 1956, and South Africa’s apartheid regime.

“Advocates for Israel’s apartheid are trying to persuade state and national legislatures to outlaw the right to boycott against social injustice in Israel,” said Edward Mast, volunteer board member of SeaMAC. Of course, Israel does not have an apartheid system — the Arab member of the Supreme Court would never approve of it, nor would the thousands of Arab students in Israel’s universities, thousands of Arab doctors and lawyers, and Israeli Arabs from all walks of life who participate in a free Israeli society. It’s not a problem-free society, but compared to the neighborhood it is pretty impressive.

Mast, however, sees attempts to seek legal means of stopping his campaign of lies as an “attack on free speech … one more example of demanding special treatment for the State of Israel.”

SeaMAC ran the slogan “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights” on buses in Washington, D.C. and three other cities in 2015, but the same ad was taken off a billboard in Chicago. in early 2016. SeaMAC has also been blocked from running anti-Israel bus ads in Seattle, Washington.

David Israel

Lebanese Block Israeli Olympic Team From Entering Bus

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Ahead of the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, all the Olympic teams were assigned to buses to take them from the Olympic Village to the location of the ceremony.

However, the Lebanese delegation refused to allow the Israeli team onto the bus they were given to share (a dumb move on the part of the Olympic organizers).

The Lebanese Olympic delegate then physically blocked the Israelis from getting on the bus.

The flustered Olympic organizers asked that the Israeli team disperse among all the other buses instead of going as a single group. (What Chutzpa!)

Israel has said they would prefer to go as a group, and Udi Gal, the sailing team trainer told the organizers that the Lebanese can leave the bus if they have a problem.

The organizers asked the Israeli team to “not make a scene,” according to Gili Lustig, the head of the Israeli delegation.

In the end, the Israeli team was sent to a different bus.

Here’s hoping the Lebanese team gets completely humiliated in the Olympics for their performance.

Please avoid using (any well-deserved) curse words in the comments section below.

Jameel@Muqata

3 Released from Hospital Following Attack Against Egged Bus

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Three people treated for injuries resulting from Arab stone throwing on Sunday night have been released from the Hadassah Har Tzofim hospital.

Passengers on the Egged bus were injured when Arabs attacked the bus as it drove past the Rockefeller center, opposite the Old City of Jerusalem, on its way to the Kotel, according to United Hatzalah.

Front, back and and some side windows on the bus were broken and shattered.

A young man and woman were treated with head wounds, and a 60-year-old woman was treated for chest pains. They were taken to the hospital

The paramedics also calmed down the children and elderly on the bus, until the bus was able to continue on its way to the Kotel.

During the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, Muslims tend to increase their terror attacks against everyone else.

The shattered back window of an Egged bus - June 12, 2016

The shattered back window of an Egged bus – June 12, 2016

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Jewish Press News Briefs

Arab Terrorists Shoot at School Bus, Stone Second Bus

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

A school bus, transporting students from the Chitzin yeshiva was shot at on Sunday evening. The attack happened near Huwara, which is near Shechem.

Impact signs on school bus window

Impact signs on school bus window

The windows of the armored bus show signs of multiple impacts, but no one was injured.

UPDATE: The IDF reports that the projectiles shot at the bus were metal ball bearings, and not bullets.

This is the second time in the past month that Arab terrorists have targeted the bus driver of a school bus.

“Forces are searching the area for the perpetrator,” an IDF spokesperson said in a statement to media.

In a separate attack, Arab stoned a bus between Adam and Hizmeh, damaging the front windshield.

MDA is treating the bus driver who is lightly wounded, and 4 passengers for shock.

Bus stoned near Adam

Bus stoned near Adam

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Bus Attacked by Arabs in Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

An Israeli bus was attacked by Arabs shortly after 9 pm Tuesday night in Jerusalem.

The attackers hurled rocks at the bus as it traveled through the capital, smashing the windshield.

Miraculously, no one on the bus was physically injured, including the driver.

Security personnel searched for the attackers, who are still at large.

Hana Levi Julian

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