Chareidim Made To Wait In Heat For Public Transportation Due To Muslim Holiday

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Hundreds of Chareidim who are dependent on public transportation were made to wait in the sweltering heat of the city of Modi’in Illit on Tuesday, due to a lack of busses caused by the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. At bus stops across the Chareidi city, located in the western part of the Binyamin region of Samaria, hundreds of people were waiting in almost 100-degree heat for hours for a bus.

“There are people waiting here with small children,” said one angry commuter told the BeChadrei Charedim news site. “Women and children were melting in this very strong sun and high heat. Just yesterday, a Chassidic man suffered from heatstroke in the city. I think two or three times before I leave my house. When I see hundreds of people in the streets waiting for busses, who are helpless and just want to get home or get to work on these sweltering streets, it makes me angry. I don’t understand why they didn’t bring more busses and drivers.”

The bus agency who provides service for the city, Kavim issued a statement in response to the many complaints they received: “The Transportation Ministry, as well as all of the transportation providers, issued a notice well in advance of the holiday notifying people that since thousands of bus drivers will be missing work today, service would be much slower and busses would be infrequent. We also announced that all Bein Hazmanim schedules would begin only on Friday and that the public was asked to make plans accordingly. The directors of Kavim in the city reported that it was expected that the request for service would be the same as a regular day and that they were able to enlist the help of alternate drivers to fulfill the requirements by enlisting subcontractors. Kavim will continue to do everything it can to meet the demands of the public which it serves.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


15 COMMENTS

  1. I dont anyone was picking on the chareidim. Maybe this bus company is cheaper because they have a lot of Muslim drivers. It’s there holiday and they want to celebrate

  2. While its obviously a burden on those Chareidim “inconvenienced” by the shortage of bus drivers due to the Muslim holy day, there apparently was prior notice of anticipated service interruptions. It also might make some Chareidim understand how the almost non-stop Peleg demonstrations last summer inconvenienced much larger numbers of Israelis waiting for their buses and/or sitting in clogged traffic for hours.

  3. Its true that most of their drivers are Muslim. However 1. they know very well that bein hazmanim is twice as crowded as the rest of the year. Its always been that way and they are not new in the business. 2. My daughter works in an Arab-owned company in Israel (Yes, there are many such companies) and the boss does not give his Muslim workers off – someone needs to man the shop, he says. So why do Jews need to be more understanding than they themselves are?

  4. Robert:
    Chareidim all over the world are generally either employed or business owners. Only in the Zionist paradise, do the Zionists forbid them from working due to their refusal to become forced converts to Zionism in the Zionist army.

    So, if the Zionists would let the Chareidim work without forcibly converting them to Zionism in their IDF, then the Chareidim would work.

    Instead, the Zionists choose to impoverish the Chareidim, because the number one Zionist priority was (e.g. during WW II) and always will be…Zionism…even over Jewish lives.

  5. The question here seems to be the miscommunication. The bus company cannot run buses without drivers for those buses. They also claim to have sent notices of the same.

    So the question is why seemingly so many people never got that notification. Could it be because they released the notification electronically, via the Internet, and many of these chareidim don’t use the Internet? Maybe just a miscommunication?

  6. no chickens either___Chareidim are the salt and love of our world, shame on all of you for even discrediting such fine individuals___perhaps the secular instead of protesting now ending up with a 6 seat fool where the real meat is__disgusting all of you

  7. 1. These Muslim holidays are no secret. The transportation ministry and the bus companies have plenty of advanced warning as well. They’re also getting paid to do their jobs.
    2. The buses did not run even according to the drastically reduced schedule.
    3. This happens many times a year when bus usage is increased like on Chanuka and Chol Hamoed when there is no Muslim holidays. There is plenty of advanced warning and citizens are still made to stand waiting for buses that don’t come or are full. It only makes the news when it’s also unusually hot.
    4. In Israel the public bus lines are owned by the ministry and are subcontracted to the private companies. In between tenders, there is no competition and no other company is allowed to operate those routes. The government also heavily subsidizes them. A bus not coming on schedule is not an “inconvenience” it’s a government contract that has already been paid for by the taxpayer that has not been completed.
    5. It is specifically the chareidim who are affected. Bus schedules in non-chareidi areas are mostly unchanged during a Muslim holiday. Also, even in mixed cities, it’s the bus routes that only run through chareidi areas that are overcrowded and poorly airconditioned. A bus route that serves both a chareidi and a non-chareidi neighborhood will almost always be more comfortable. It’s simple economics. For most chareidim, taking a bus is not a convenience it’s a necessity. Most don’t have cars and those who do can’t fit the entire family in it so they’ll take the bus even if it’s not comfortable. There’s no risk of losing their patronage.

  8. Kahana was right. Kick out all the Arabs from Israel. There will be plenty of replacements for them and the country will be safer.

  9. Before making scathing comments about charedim who shouldn’t leave their houses, take a minute to think about the fact that in Israel (unlike in comfy, cozy America with its skyrocketing anti-antisemitism), many people do not have cars. Take a minute to imagine what it’s like to be a family with young children who needs to take their kids to camp, or a father or mother who needs to get to work, or a man or woman who needs to get home from shopping with many heavy bags – and you DON’T HAVE A CAR. You have no air conditioning. You have no trunk waiting to welcome your heavy packages. You have no video screens to keep your young ones out of your hair. You only have public transportation. The weather is beyond sweltering, the sun is burning down like a fire, and most bus stops have very little or no shade, especially in the main part of the day when the sun is directly overhead. It’s hard enough to wait the usual 10-20 minutes, but hours? Now try to have a little rachmanos in your hearts – and maybe give that person waiting at the bus stop a ride next time you pass them.

  10. Posters # 1 & 3, Robert and Aishess Korach, you are precisely the cause of the churban and Mashiach inability to come. Your sinaas Yisrael is like the arabs. Shame on you.

  11. Bus schedules were disrupted all over Jerusalem, which in case no one has heard, is not an exclusively haredi city. Monty Python’s “News for Parrots”