Chareidi journalist Yaakov Eichler is angered over statements released by Egged spokesman Ron Ratner, so much so that he decided to file a complaint with police. According to Eichler, Ratner’s statements on the radio were nothing less than racist incitement against the chareidi tzibur.
During an interview on Galei Yisrael Radio, Ratner stated that over the past 18 months there appears to have been a growing trend, an increase in the number of passengers who do not pay for bus rides. He stated that while this trend is not sector wide, there is an alarming number of people who do not pay and this is found on lines servicing the chareidi tzibur around the county.
Ratner’s interview was the result of the new Egged ad campaign directed at the chareidi community, instructing passengers that they must pay just as one must pay for a Shabbos challah that one takes from a store, as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL.
Eichler was angered over the fact that during his interview, Ratner stated a number of times that “a substantial number” of chareidim do not pay. He cites that in one case quoted by Ratner, 27 of 51 riders on a bus did not pay the fare, adding this was not an isolated incident but a nationwide problem experienced by the bus company on lines that service the chareidi public.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)