A Traffic Light onto the Nations

May 2, 2010 at 11:56 1 comment

Jerusalem traffic can be extremely annoying, but according to the prestigious British newsmagazine The Economist, it’s even worse – it’s racist.

According to a recent article, the “traffic lights flick green only briefly for cars from Palestinian districts while staying green for cars from Jewish settlements for minutes.”

The media watchdog CAMERA points out that the Jerusalemite traffic lights, like other traffic lights all over the world, are set according to the traffic flow and not the ethnicity of the motorists. An empirical study carried out in the wake of the article in The Economist also, quite unsurprisingly, confirmed that the allegedly racist traffic lights indeed are green for shorter periods of time for traffic from roads with less traffic – disregarding if that traffic comes from a Jewish or Arab neighborhood.

But who needs empirical data? CAMERA points out that The Economist’s claim of racist traffic lights joins other urban myths surrounding Israeli oppression of the Palestinians – such as the aphrodisiac bubble gum, poisonous candy and stripper assassins.


Entry filed under: Media.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Erik L  |  May 8, 2010 at 06:23

    I’m sure that if the traffic light is aware enough to be racist it knows that someone checks if it is and behaves better during that time. Duh!


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