Israel PM halts ban on Palestinians using settler buses

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JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered the suspension of a controversial measure banning Palestinians from riding the same buses as Jewish settlers when returning from Israel to the West Bank. The announcement came several hours after a three-month pilot project which was approved by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon went into action. The ban was immediately attacked by rights groups and the opposition, who denounced it as an “unprecedented” move that heaped unnecessary humiliation on the Palestinians and would ultimately damage Israel. “Under a three-month pilot project, Palestinians who work in Israel will, starting Wednesday, need to return home by the same crossing without taking buses used by [Israeli] residents” of the occupied West Bank, a defense ministry official told Agence France-Presse.

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