ISRAELI RAILWAYS COMPARED TO INDIAN RAILWAYS.
Date: 30 Mar 2009
Israel Railways lays off 40 Arab employees
30 Mar 2009, 1714 hrs IST, AFP
JERUSALEM: Forty Arab employees of Israel Railways were told their contracts will not be renewed in April because they have not served in the
Israeli armed forces.
"We have decided to change the recruitment criteria and not to renew the employees' yearly contracts upon advice from the company's security officials," a spokesman said.
The employees, who serve as lookouts at level crossings to avoid collisions, are employed by a human resources company.
The spokesman said the decision "is in line with the policy of government agencies to favour Israelis who did their military service, particularly in combat units."
He insisted Israel Railways does not discriminate against Arab Israelis, pointing out that "Jews who did not do their military service won't be given those tasks either."
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted last year before a parliamentary commission, that Arabs suffer from "unbearable discrimination."
Human rights groups say Arabs make up 20 percent of Israel's population but only five percent of civil servants.
Military service in Israel is compulsory for Jews but not for Arabs -- with the exception of members of the Druze community.
NOW WHAT ABOUT THE INDIAN RAILWAYS? IS A MUSLIM EQUAL TO A HINDU WEHN IT COMES TO SECURNG JOB? INDIAN RAILWAYS ONCE USED TO RUN FROM PESHAWAR TO KARACHI. NOW INDIA HAS BEEN THROWN OUT LIKE A DEAD DOG.