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Explosives to be Identified at the Door

Electronic explosives-identifying means will be installed in the doors of public buses, providing another dimension of protection for passengers, says Transportation Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
First Publish: 1/6/2004, 7:53 AM / Last Update: 1/6/2004, 9:50 AM

Electronic explosives-identifying means will be installed in the doors of public buses, providing another dimension of protection for passengers. So said Transportation Minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday at a Knesset Interior Committee meeting dealing with the problematic issue of protection for public transportation.

Just two days ago, the mother of a teenaged boy who was murdered in one of dozens of bus bombings over the past three years - Yuval, 13, who was killed in the #37 bus attack on Moriah Ave. in Haifa in March 2003 - said, "96 buses have been blown up by terrorists since the start of the Oslo War. How many people remember the Moriah Avenue bombing? If you don't remember, it's because we have learned to be slaughtered with no one to prevent it. ... The buses are mobile crematoria for those who must use public transportation."

Minister Lieberman added that a recent Cabinet decision classifying guard duty on public buses as "preferred employment" - i.e., with higher pay - has been effective. More people have enlisted for the job of late, and patrols around bus stations have been increased.

Some 800 persons are currently employed as public transportation guards, according to the Transportation Ministry's Barak Saar, and the intention is to increase it to 1,000.

In other transportation news, bus service in eastern Jerusalem is in the process of reorganization. A new bus station will be built on Suleiman St. in eastern Jerusalem, with 17 bus lines, uniform standards for drivers, buses, companies, safety and service.