Bus driver, Egged to compensate Ethiopian for racism

October 9, 2011 17:30

A bus driver who humiliated a young Ethiopian student by telling her he "doesn't let blacks ride on the bus" has been ordered to pay NIS 60,000 compensation, the Courts Service announced on Sunday.

The Rishon Lezion Magistrates' Court ruled that bus driver Nissim Ben Yakar would pay the hefty compensation fine to Yadeno Varka after making racist remarks to her in 2009.

The Transport Ministry had sued Ben Yakar and his employer, the Egged bus company, after the incident, which occurred after Varka tried to board his bus at Rishon Lezion's central bus station.

Driver Ben Yakar told Varka that he did not allow "black Ethiopians" to ride on the bus.

Judge Abraham Heiman noted that Ben Yakar also said there were no buses in Ethiopia and people there did not even have shoes, so Varka should walk.

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