Gershon Mesika, head of the Shomron Regional Council, expressed surprise on Friday at a decision by the Ministry of Transportation to reduce the number of buses in Samaria due to the Muslim fast of Ramadan.
"They have reduced the number of buses because they allocate many buses for Palestinian families who receive entry and exit permits to Israel for their holiday. They also decided that because of Ramadan, some of the Arab drivers will end their work day earlier and therefore the frequency of the bus routes will be reduced," said Mesika.
He added, "We pay taxes and perform reserve duty in the army. They would never do such a thing in northern Israel and we are not second-class citizens. We have nothing against the Arabs' holiday, they should be happy and celebrate, but just as they would never cut down on office hours in Lod because of slichot in Elul, so it is inconceivable that a 100,000 people in Samaria will wait at bus stations for hours at a time because of the Ramadan."
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