57 years ago yesterday Rosa Parks defiantly refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She has been named ‘the mother of the freedom movement’ by U.S. Congress.
I am sure that the vast majority of Americans welcome the changes that the Civil Rights Movement brought about and the crucial and timely role that Rosa Parks played. It is ironic then that ‘the land of the free’ puts its political weight and fat dollars behind a nation that is attempting to implement their own racial bus segregation.
In the West Bank plans are afoot to implement separate bus services for Israelis and Palestinians after the Jewish settlers have complained about having to share public transport with their half-brothers.
If Rosa Parks was still alive today, and if she were granted a voice to the American policy makers I wonder what she would say? If America genuinely believes that it flies the flag for liberty, freedom and forward thinking then they have to stop bank rolling a government that is quite comfortable to segregate human beings based on their ethnic origin.