Mayor of Beitar Illit: I ordered Arabs, even Israeli citizens, to be dropped off buses
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The mayor of the Haredi settlement of Beitar Illit in Judea and Samaria, said that he ordered to drop Arabs from buses entering the city, even if they had Israeli citizenship.
In an interview with the ultra-Orthodox news agency Haskupim, Beitar Ill Mayor Meir Rubinstein was pleased with his decision, although he acknowledged that it was illegal.
The interview took place after the entrance to the settlement was closed after the discovery of an explosive device in a local bus. The bombs were discovered after they ignited without detonating.
“We stopped the buses at the entrance to the city, filming dozens of Palestinians with blue (Israeli) ID cards”,– Rubinstein said, adding that he ordered the Palestinians to continue to be kept out even after police and the Defense Department told him not to. . I am ready to stand trial for this”,– he said.
The municipality of Beitar Illit later released a statement saying that Rubinstein “ordered non-Israeli Palestinians not to be allowed to board public transport to avoid checks at security checkpoints.” points”.
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