Thursday, September 29, 2005

Waiting for the bus

I took the bus from Haifa to Nazareth this morning.

5 minutes before the bus could make a showing, someone in uniform did. He looked at me good, made note of the beard that I'd let grow for a week and a half now, and then began speaking Hebrew.

I don't speak Hebrew, but I knew why he was saying whatever it was he was saying.

Authorities here have special units that make directed stops at various bus stations throughout the state. These units greet those waiting for the bus, and based on the reply (and accent), conclude if you're a threat or not i.e. If you're Arab or not.

"I don't speak Hebrew".
"Oh, so you're a tourist. Okay then - have a good day".

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