Afikim - Public Transportationאפיקים שרותי תחבורה מתקדמים
A bus services company. The company provides public transportation services to West Bank settlements and holds an official racial segregation policy.
On August 2012, NRG website published an article, which described how one of the comapny's drivers refused to allow Palestinians on the line from Tel Aviv to the West Bank settlement of Ariel.
Afikim CEO - Ben Hor Ahvat, confirmed the segregation policy. "The Palestinians make their lives easy when they travel with us via the Cross Samaria Highway, which is meant for Israelis only”, and added "it is the authority of every driver to decide that a Palestinian is suspicious and to call the police". He also explained the legal system applied in the OPT, which enables the company to practice this policy: “Within Judea and Samaria the situation is different as it is prohibited for Palestinians to enter Israeli communities without a permit from the security officer and an armed person accompanying them".
Afikim operates 35 bus lines to dozens of settlements, including remote outposts.
The company owns a fleet of 80 armored buses, which serves the settlements in the regional councils of Shomron and Jordan Valley.
On September 2013, Afikim bought Connex transportation Israel from Veolia Transportaion and started operating addional three bus lines from Bnei-Brak to Jerusalem for the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) community in Israel. The bus lines numbered 422, 425 and 427 pass through the occupied Palestinian territories in Mahane Ofer junction, Givat Ze'ev settlement and occupied East Jerusalem.
Additionally, company's lines serve Israeli Army bases along the West Bank, the Barkan industrial zone and the Ariel University Center of Samaria.
The company is fully owned by Amnon Sela (through Amnon Mesilot).
Connex transportation Israel is fully owned by Afikim.
11 Nehoshet St.
Karmiel I.Z., 21653
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