Red Light . . . Green Light

Admit it.  We've all done it.  When we're bored and have nothing else to do, we find a stopwatch, head down to the nearest intersection, and collect data to prove that traffic lights are discriminatory.  Apparently, employees at the Economist have been quite bored lately.

According to a March 6, 2010 article in the mainstream British news magazine, traffic lights in Jerusalem "flick green only briefly for cars from Palestinian districts while staying green for cars form Jewish settlements for minutes."  When asked by CAMERA to provide evidence for this charge, the Economist provided a list of intersections at which drivers from Arab neighborhoods are allegedly forced to wait at long red lights while drivers from Jewish neighborhoods go on their jolly way.

Of course this is not an unreasonable assertion.  Being that Israeli technology is among the most developed in the world, one can only assume that cutting-edge traffic lights that can distinguish between an Arab and a Jewish vehicle indeed do exist.  Expect a follow-up story soon giving details of the resolution passed in the next U.N. emergency session condemning Israel for traffic light violations.