Israel denies barring Palestinians from Israeli buses

A young Palestinian boy rides his bicycle along a dirt road adjacent to the controversial separation barrier built by Israel in the West Bank town of Qalqilya on January 11, 2007An Israeli official denied Tuesday the existence of a blanket ban on Palestinians sharing buses with settlers in the occupied West Bank, after the Jewish state was accused of racial segregation. “There is no prohibition on travelling on buses with Israelis,” a senior source at the defence ministry wrote in response to a query from AFP. On Monday Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was reported to have asked Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon to explain alleged plans forbidding West Bank-based Palestinian workers from travelling to and from Israel on buses used by settlers. Israeli rights group B’Tselem on Sunday accused Yaalon of issuing a racially motivated edict.

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