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Officials: Israeli Light Rail Survey Is Racist

Dear New Yorkers:

We’re expanding the subway. It’ll pass through some bad neighborhoods. And we’re allowing Muslim-Americans to ride without security checks. Is that OK?

It sounds outrageous, but an Israeli company asked a very similar question of Jerusalemites after it won a city contract to run the city’s light rail system.

Haaretz reported today that Israeli Transportation Ministry officials are slamming the consortium known as CityPass for asking the following of Jerusalem residents: “There are three stops in Shuafat; Does this bother you?” and “All passengers, Jews and Arabs, can enter the train freely, without undergoing a security check. Does this bother you?” Shuafat is the Arab neighborhood in the city’s northeast.

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Officials: Israeli Light Rail Survey Is Racist

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