Israel has invested hundreds of millions of shekels in the construction of a security barrier in Judea and Samaria that aims to keep Palestinian Authority terrorists out of Israeli cities. However, according to an eyewitness, PA Arabs can still infiltrate Israel with ease. All they need to do, he says, is board an Israeli bus.
Eyal Maimon lives in Jerusalem and works in Michmash, a Jewish community in the Binyamin region. He spoke with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service and related that on several occasions, he has seen PA Arabs board buses belonging to the Israeli Egged bus company and ride into Jerusalem without being asked for identification even once, or checked to ensure that they are not carrying weapons.
On one occasion, Maimon prevented four PA Arabs from entering Jerusalem. An Egged driver picked the four up near Michmash and at a second stop, he said, and did not ask any of them for identification.
Maimon confronted the driver, an Arab with Israeli citizenship, and asked if he was allowing PA Arabs to board freely because as an Arab he identified with them. The driver answered in the affirmative, Maimon said.
"I stood in the middle of the bus and announced that I wasn't willing to let the bus continue, given the situation,” Maimon recalled. “Passengers started to get angry. When we got to the Hizmeh checkpoint, several passengers spoke to the soldiers there, who took the Arabs off and let us continue.”
Maimon described the incident as “one of many” security lapses in the area.
IDF spokespeople said buses are checked before entering Jerusalem. In addition, they said, buses are supposed to collect passengers only within Israeli communities or immediately outside them.
Passengers who witness behavior such as that described by Maimon should act as he did, they added. “The IDF expects responsible citizens who witness such incidents to notify security forces at the checkpoint,” they said.