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Religious Discrimination 101: On The College Campus May 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Alan Cooperman, anti-Christian, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, college, College discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gary A. Tobin, Institute for Jewish and Community Research, professor discrimination, Religion, religous discrimination, university.
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Alan Cooperman wrote a interesting story for the Washington Post that talks about the views that college faculty have towards religion. Specifically it seems that negative views of evangelical Christians topped the list in the one study that was done:

The other survey, by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research, confirmed those findings but also found what the institute’s director and chief pollster, Gary A. Tobin, called an “explosive” statistic: 53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have “unfavorable” feelings toward evangelical Christians.

A graph accompanying the story drove the point home. By comparison, only three percent of faculty members had unfavorable feelings toward Jews. What’s funny is that the latter survey was designed to gauge anti-Semitism.

The only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Muslims. A full third of faculty had negative views toward Mormons, with 22 percent reporting unfavorable views toward Muslims, 18 percent with negative feelings toward atheists, 13 percent with negative feelings toward Roman Caholics, 10 percent with negative feelings toward the non-religious, nine percent with negative feelings toward non-evangelical Christians and four percent reporting negative views toward Buddhists.

Link to the full article at washingtonpost.com

Czech anti-discrimination bill to be drafted by end of year February 7, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-discrimination bill, Chamber of Deputies, CSSD, Czech, Discriminate, Discrimination, Dzamila Stehlikova, EU, family state, Justice Ministry, physical handicap, political beliefs, property, Religion, sexual orientation, Social Democrats.
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The government-proposed anti-discrimination bill is to be drafted and politically approved by the end of the year at the latest, Dzamila Stehlikova, Minister without Portfolio for the Greens who is in charge of human rights, told journalists today.The parliament should pass the bill at the beginning of 2008.

“The bill will be drafted by the end of this year, which is the ultimate date, but I hope it will be sooner,” Stehlikova said.

The Czech Republic ought to have passed the legislation against discrimination when it entered the EU in 2004, but the latest bill was vetoed by the Senate last year.

The Chamber of Deputies did not vote about it before the June 2006 elections. As a result, the whole legislative process must start from scratch.

The three-party coalition has included the anti-discrimination law in its manifesto and set the end of the year as the deadline for its drafting in the coalition agreement.

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School bans wearing crucifix: More discrimination against Christians January 14, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Cross, England, Muslim, Muslims, Religion, religious, UK, United Kingdom.
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A school provoked fury last night by ordering a devout Catholic schoolgirl to remove her cross necklace because it posed a health and safety risk.Teachers demanded Samantha Devine remove her chain and tiny crucifix despite allowing Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear symbols of their religion.

Her family have vowed to fight the decision “all the way” claiming it discriminates against Christians.

The case mirrors the row which engulfed British Airways and forced the airline into an embarrassing climbdown after it threatened to sack an employee who insisted on wearing her cross at work.

In the latest clash, 13-year-old Samantha was left in tears after her form teacher told her she must remove her tiny half-inch crucifix and chain.

But her furious family yesterday pointed out the school – Robert Napier in Gillingham, Kent – allows Muslim pupils to wear headscarves and Sikh students to come to lessons with turbans and bangles.

Samantha even claims staff routinely fail to crack down on youngsters wearing non-religious jewellery, including large necklaces and earrings.

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Is Religious Discrimination Turning Christmas into the “C” Word? December 22, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Religion, religious, religious freedom.
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Liberty Counsel ask, “Is your favorite store “Naughty” (censors Christmas) or “Nice” (recognizes Christmas)? Is Christmas now the “C-word”? They have complied this list of Naughty and Nice stores:

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Banana Republic – Web site has “Holiday Gift Guide” with no mention of any Christmas.

Best Buy – Web site says “Unique gifts for the season,” “Holiday gift ideas.” Spokesperson said they consider the use of “Merry Christmas” to be disrespectful.

Dollar Tree - Customer reports they are avoiding the “C” word. Everything is “holiday”, though “it’s pretty obvious which ‘holiday’ they will not discuss.”

Eddie Bauer – Customer service would not recognize Christmas, they “don’t want to offend Jews, those who celebrate Kwanzaa and those who have no religious preference.”

Gap – “Holiday Survival Guide” has no mention of Christmas.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy (PA, OH, MD, WV) Selling “Seasonal wrap” for presents, no mention of Christmas, no “Christmas” items.

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UGA to recognize Christian fraternity after discrimination lawsuit December 8, 2006

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University of Georgia officials said Thursday that a Christian fraternity which filed a federal lawsuit claiming it was unable to register as a student group will be recognized by the school after all.

Attorneys with the Christian Legal Society and Alliance Defense Fund filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of Beta Upsilon Chi, which has 16 other chapters around the country but was denied continued recognition by UGA in November because it requires all its members to be Christians.

The suit said university rules, reflecting a policy approved by the Board of Regents, require student organizations to offer “membership and all privileges” to all students without regard to factors such as race, ethnicity, disability or religion.

University spokesman Tom Jackson said UGA would remove the religion clause from the policy to settle the situation and is discussing “an exception to religious discrimination (that) could be put into place much like an exception to gender discrimination is in place for same-sex social fraternities and sororities.”

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Somalia Town Threatens to Behead People Who Don’t Pray 5 Times Daily December 6, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Islam, Islamic, Religion.
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Residents of a southern Somalia town who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, an official said Wednesday, adding the edict will be implemented in three days.

Shops, tea houses and other public places in Bulo Burto, about 124 miles northeast of the capital, Mogadishu, should be closed during prayer time and no one should be on the streets, said Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, the chairman of the town’s Islamic court. His court is part of a network backed by armed militiamen that has taken control of much of southern Somalia in recent months, bringing a strict interpretation of Islam that is alien to many Somalis.

Those who do not follow the prayer edict after three days have elapsed, “will definitely be beheaded according to Islamic law,” Rage told The Associated Press by phone. “As Muslims we should practice Islam fully, not in part, and that is what our religion enjoins us to do.”

He said the edict, which covered only Bulo Burto, was being announced over loudspeakers throughout the town.

Somalia’s Islamic courts have made varying interpretations of Koranic law, some applying a more strict and radical version of Islam than others. Some of the courts have introduced public executions, floggings of convicts, bans on women swimming in Mogadishu’s public beaches and on the sale and chewing of khat, a leafy stimulant consumed across the Horn of Africa and in the Middle East.

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Bill making discrimination against homosexuals punishable by prison November 24, 2006

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Brazil’s lower house of Congress has passed a bill making discrimination against homosexuals a crime punishable by at least a year in jail, the bill’s sponsor said Friday.

The bill, passed Thursday, makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime equal to discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin — which have carried prison sentences since 1989, said Congresswoman Iara Bernardi.

The bill now goes before the Senate, which has not yet set a date to vote.

Betto de Jesus, director of the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians and Transgendered People, said the law would give homosexuals federal protection for the first time.

“We always wanted to have homophobia be considered a crime equal to racism,” he said.

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National Federation of the Blind files lawsuit against Target over discriminatory website November 7, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Disabled, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Race, Religion.
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Bruce Sexton is blind. He would like to shop on Target’s website, but says he can’t “read” it. He says the site lacks certain coding — found on many other websites — that would activate software to allow blind computer users to hear audio descriptions of what is on Internet pages.

Sexton, 24, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Target on behalf of the 1.3 million blind people in the USA. The suit alleges that the giant retailer discriminates against the visually impaired by violating state and federal laws that protect the disabled.

The case draws national attention because it could have implications for virtually every retailer and business in the USA that operates a website. The case also fuels a wider debate starting to play out in courtrooms: whether anti-discrimination laws apply to the Internet.

It’s a key question in lawsuits across the nation. Craigslist.org, a popular advertising and networking website, is being sued in federal court in Chicago over allegations it has allowed ads for apartments and other housing that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, class, religion or familial status.

In court papers, Craigslist argues it is protected by the federal law that protects website owners from liability for content posted by the sites’ users. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has said it would be impossible for the site’s staff to review the 2 million free housing ads posted to the site each month. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 13.

In the Target case, the retailer contends that the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and two California laws cited by Sexton apply only to its brick-and-mortar stores and do not extend to the Internet.

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What lessons are we teaching through discrimination? October 28, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Canada, Card, Christian, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Religion, School.
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This article mentioned that the Christian school receives no government funding. Given that the Ontario education minister has just announced that character education will be introduced in public schools, it is surprising that she does not see the value in funding faith-based schools which have been emphasizing character education and the obligations of good citizenship for decades already.

Perhaps the Ontario government sees a value in faith-based education after all, given that they already fully funds 93 per cent of faith-based schools in Ontario, attended by almost 600,000 children. Scandalously though, only Catholic schools are eligible and all other faith-based schools receive nothing.

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Army controlled Burmese Government shows gross Anti-Christian and Anti-Muslim discrimination October 8, 2006

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While strongly refuting the figures provided by Burmese junta’s on the religious beliefs of the Burmese population, The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR – exile) USA, pointed out that Muslim population in Burma is approximately 20 percent of the county’s total population, which amounts to 7 to 10 million people of the country.Meanwhile the State Peace & Development Council (SPDC), Burma in its population statistics report recorded that almost 90 percent of Burma’s population are Buddhist, 6 percent are Christians and 4 percent Muslims. NDPHR in its statement contradicted the Burma Government’s figures and said, “Unfortunately, this statistics is flawed and has grossly under estimated the non-Buddhist proportion of the population.”

“The report above therefore needs to be amended to better reflect the demography of the non-Buddhist population in Burma,” NDPHR urged.

Given below is the full text of the statement released by the Central Executive Committee of The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR – exile) USA:

The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR – exile) USA (HQ) welcomes the International Religious Freedom Report 2006 on Burma which was released on September 15, 2006 by the Bureau of Democracy, Human rights, and Labor of the US State Department. The report reveals pertinent information on various religious communities, (including the situation of democracy and human rights as practiced) in various countries of the world.

The statistics on the State Peace & Development Council (SPDC), Burma recorded that almost 90 percent of Burma’s population are Buddhist, 6 percent are Christians and 4 percent are Muslims. Unfortunately, this statistics is flawed and has grossly under estimated the non-Buddhist proportion of the population. For instance, the Muslim population in Burma is approximately 20 percent and accounts for 7 to 10 million people of the country. The report above therefore needs to be amended to better reflect the demography of the non-Buddhist population in Burma.

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Church Demolished: More Anti-Christian Discrimination by Big Brother China August 7, 2006

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The violence occurred when up to 500 police tried to break up a 3,000-strong protest, a rights group said.

Twenty people were hurt, including four who were seriously injured, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

A police official confirmed an incident had taken place on Saturday.

He told the French news agency AFP that the church in the suburb of Xiaoshan had had to be destroyed.

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Players Could be Banned 5 Games for Racism August 1, 2006

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Players making racist remarks or gestures could be banned for up to five matches, according to new UEFA disciplinary regulations announced Monday.

Anyone who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons, by whatever means, including on grounds of color, race, religion or ethnic origin will now face a maximum five-game ban.

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Freedom of Speech Based on Race: -First Amendment Affirmative Action July 21, 2006

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For forty years, the United States has lived with a variety of government programs applying preferential treatment based on race or gender or both. These programs have generally been limited to education and public contracting.

Recently, in a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision which may provide a foundation for applying preferential treatment to freedom of speech. If allowed to stand, the decision could authorize local governments to set varying limits to free expression, depending on the race, religion, or sexual orientation of the listener.

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“Jewish people of Israel re-enact the horrors of their German oppressors” July 15, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arabs & Muslims, ethnic cleansing, Gaza, Genocide, Holocaust, Human Rights, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Murder, nazis, Palestine, Palestinians, Racism, Religion, UN, West Bank.
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The Invasion of Gaza
Roger van Zwanenberg

The Israeli ongoing invasion of Gaza brings to a head many of the issues that have been fermenting for some time. If it was not clear before, it ought to be clear now, that the Israeli domination of the Palestinian people is a domination of a Totalitarian character. The present invasion, by hugely superior military forces of land, sea and air, on a comparatively unarmed people, cannot be justified by any criteria, legally or morally. That our own British government fails to raise an eyebrow, and that the so called International community does nothing, is a slur on us all of a level that shames our so called democracies. Israel is creating the conditions for a massive famine as the rest of the world looks on and does nothing. This is totalitarianism in action.

The problem is this: Israel is supposed to be a country this is for all the Jewish people a land of refuge where Jewish people will never allow themselves to be destroyed again. To achieve these noble aims the people and government of Israel has ethnically cleaned the land twice, in 1948 and 1967. Israel is now attempting to do so again, through the theft of more land and water resources, through the erection of the Wall, and now through the invasion of the people of Gaza.

This is an ongoing tragedy of huge proportions happening right before our eyes. It is an affront to all human dignity and sensibility. The justification produced by the Israeli media is not worth the time of day, it is all so paper thin. Why should a people who have suffered so deeply themselves impose a new level of suffering on a people who had nothing whatsoever to do with the Holocaust. The most awful aspect of the present Totalitarian regime in Israel is the ultimate innocence of the Palestinian people.

I should add here that I’ve been involved in Israel and Palestine for over 40 years. As a very young man, I learnt the art of “radical” political analysis from a 6 month stint in an Israeli Kibbutz. I was born into a Christian family with deep Jewish roots; all my first cousins were and are deeply Jewish. Mine is a family with deep fault lines everywhere, enough to make me a person deeply involved in the tragedy being played out in the Middle East.

Trained psychoanalysts can explain the actions of Israel better than I. The British have a huge responsibility, which is never admitted. Britain gave away a piece of land in 1948 which was not theirs to give. Israel could have behaved very differently after 48 and at any time thereafter. They could have realized the indignity of what they did in 48 and made an attempt to build up the people of Palestine along with themselves. Never an easy job, of course, but through it much of the hatred that has now built up over 60 years would have been dissipated.

As it now stands the goal of a safe home for all Jews is further away than ever. The Greater Middle East policy of the USA is now Israels only hope of achieving this goal. And it is now clear that such a policy can be carried out only by inflicting untold suffering across the Arabic world. The Arab world divided against itself in 1920 and then further divided in 1948. It has never been allowed by the external Imperial powers to unite, as with the European Union, into a single political entity with its own Central Bank and free trade between all its parts. Instead only buffer States like Jordan, weak States like Syria, and old rich States closely allied to Western interests have been allowed to exist. If one or the other of these States seems to become too powerful they are invaded.

The Arab world has, in short, been consistently undermined in its Development while Israel has been encouraged to become the dominant military State in the region. Israel and its people are now behaving with impunity, just like the State of Germany did in prosecuting the final solution. We are schooled in the belief that we must say “never again!” to such barbarity. But Israel knows that all the surrounding states are too weak to intervene. As we watch with horror the invasion of Gaza, we all feel our helplessness. All the fine words, how the horrors of the Holocaust must always be remembered, are quickly forgotten by the world’s governments as the Jewish people of Israel re-enact the horrors of their German oppressors—the horrors that their mothers and fathers underwent 60 or more years ago.

Just as Nazi Germany could not survive for long, so too, a brutal Israel, brutalizing her own and all the surrounding people, cannot survive for long. As things stand, I cannot see how that demise will come about. But the acts of evil we are now witnessing cannot last without having deep and lasting effects on all of us.

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Some Israelis contemplate low-grade ‘genocide’ for Palestinians July 15, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in ethnic cleansing, Gaza, Genocide, Human Rights, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Palestinians, Racism, Racist, Religion, West Bank.
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A interesting article from 2003 asking if ethnic cleansing/genocide is being carried out in front of our eyes:

One way to cover up a crime is to find a benign term that hides the violence and cruelty of the act. Such is the case with “transfer,” an idea increasingly being put forward in Israel as a solution to conflict with the Palestinians.

Transfer conjures up images of a worker reassigned to a new office, or a slip allowing a rider to change buses for free. But transfer of the Palestinians would be nothing less than ethnic cleansing.

The main public proponents of this have been on the far right of Israeli politics, such as the Moledet Party, which refuses to recognize Palestinian rights. But in a poll earlier this year, 46 percent of Israelis supported transfer of Palestinians out of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, while 31 percent favored transferring Israeli Arabs out of the country.

As Israeli author Tanya Reinhart argues in her new book “Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948,” there has long been planning for “the second half of 1948″ by some Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The phrase refers to the 750,000 Palestinians who fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 war, which ended with Israel controlling 78 percent of Palestine that existed under the British Mandate (compared with 56 percent under the U.N. partition plan in 1947). Now some Israelis ponder whether can they take 100 percent.

A military campaign to achieve that had been unthinkable, but many now believe that under the cover of a U.S. war against Iraq, Israeli soldiers would be free to finish the job.

I say “finish,” because a slow ethnic cleansing is already under way, primarily through the systematic destruction of the Palestinian economy; when people cannot make a living, many will leave. A study for the U.S. Agency for International Development released in August showed that one-fifth of Palestinian children were malnourished, due to dramatically lowered Palestinian incomes and disruptions of food distribution because of the tightened Israeli occupation.

Life for Palestinians means constant harassment at checkpoints. Olive trees, central to agriculture there, are bulldozed by Israeli troops who claim they provide cover for snipers. Palestinian homes are demolished, supposedly because Palestinians built on their land without appropriate permits, which Israel will not give them. This fall the residents of the Palestinian village Yanun chose to leave rather than continue to endure the property destruction and assaults from Israeli settlers from nearby Itamar.

As Effi Eitam of the right-wing National Religious Party has put it, if Palestinians find “the situation so hard and so dangerous that they prefer to move to some other part of the world,” well, he will shed no tears.

The plan appears to be working. According to the Jerusalem Post, by August last year about 80,000 Palestinians had left the West Bank and Gaza, a 50 percent increase over last year.

If this ethnic cleansing–either the slow version or expulsion by Israeli soldiers–is successful, another term may come into play: genocide. The crime of genocide is generally associated with mass killing, but international law defines genocide as acts intended “to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group.” One of the five types of acts is “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

Creating conditions “so hard and dangerous” that they drive people off their land is a way to eliminate the Palestinian people. Not all the Palestinians need be killed; once completely dispersed in other countries, they will cease to be a recognizable group that could press a claim to that land.

Is the world ready to accept that kind of genocide as a solution to the conflict?

No doubt the world is not; for years there has been a consensus on a diplomatic settlement that calls on Israel to withdraw from illegally occupied territory in return for peace. The key is whether the United States will allow it.

For years the United States–which supplies Israel with diplomatic support, military assistance, and at least $3 billion a year in economic aid–has backed Israeli power and called it a “peace process.” Unless we demand that our government press for peace rooted in justice, this process will be the end of the Palestinian people.

ROBERT JENSEN, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of “Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream.”

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Anti-Defamation League names Focus on the Family and Christians as ‘opponents’ and danger to America July 13, 2006

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The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League states:

“Their goal is to implement their Christian worldview. To Christianize America. To save us!

Who are the major players? They include Focus on the Family, Alliance Defense Fund, The American Family Association and the Family Research Council. They and other groups have established new organizations and church-based networks, and built infrastructures throughout the country designed not just to promote traditional “Christian values,” but to actively pursue that restoration of a Christian nation.”

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The interesting corollary is that the Anti-Defamation League actively campaigns for Israel, the Jewish nation, which was restored in 1948.

As well as, the Anti-Defamation League apparently did not seek to separate church and state from the creation of the current State Department office to monitor anti-Semitism around the world. In fact the Anti-Defamation League supported it, as reported by the Washinton Times:

The Anti-Defamation League, a 91-year-old private organization that combats racism, including anti-Semitism, supported Mr. Lantos´ bill for providing “an additional tool for the United States to continue its leadership effort to hold governments accountable for past failures and to encourage and note progress.”

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Israel flyers advocate killing of gays July 13, 2006

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Flyers offering cash rewards for the killings of homosexuals participating in the upcoming World Pride Jerusalem Parade have been distributed in the city.

The flyers, which promise nearly $5,000 to “anyone who causes the death of one of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah,” were found in mailboxes in several Jerusalem neighborhoods, including the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim area, the Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Ynetnews.com reported the flyers, distributed by a group called the “Red Hand for Redemption,” decried the march, scheduled for Aug. 10, saying: “During this parade, 300,000 corrupt animals are anticipated to march through the holy city of Jerusalem, waiting avidly for the chance to put themselves on display before our children and our sacred Torah. They will try as hard as they can to defile as many of our innocent children as they can,” Ynetnews.com reported.

The Jerusalem Post said there have been several unconfirmed anonymous reports that the event’s organizers were considering moving it to Tel Aviv

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Israel enters into Lebanon and authorizes ‘severe’ response to abductions…………… (Human Rights Watch) July 13, 2006

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This news comes just after:

UN rights council condemns Israel

THE United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday voted to condemn Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip and called for the release of Palestinian officials and civilians arrested during the offensive.
In a resolution adopted by 29 votes to 11, the 47-member Council demanded a halt to Israel’s military operation and decided to “dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

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JERUSALEM (CNN) — The Israeli Cabinet authorized “severe and harsh” retaliation on Lebanon after Hezbollah guerillas kidnapped two soldiers and killed three others in a cross-border raid Wednesday.

Israel quickly blamed the Lebanese government for the raid — and charged it with the soldiers’ safe release — and the Israel Defense Forces began hammering Lebanon with artillery and airstrikes hours before the Cabinet met to discuss a response.

It is the second time in three weeks that an Israeli soldier has been abducted. Concerns abound that the situation on Israel’s northern border will escalate to the level it has reached in Gaza, where the IDF launched an ongoing offensive June 28 after the abduction of Army Cpl. Gilad Shalit three days prior.

At least 19 Palestinians were reported dead in Gaza in Wednesday’s fighting, according to Palestinian sources.

Israel called Wednesday’s abductions an act of war, and Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, head of Israel’s Northern Command, said he has “comprehensive plans” to battle Hezbollah throughout Lebanon, not just in its southern stronghold.

“This affair is between Israel and the state of Lebanon,” Adam said. “Where to attack? Once it is inside Lebanon, everything is legitimate — not just southern Lebanon, not just the line of Hezbollah posts.”

Earlier, Israel’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, told Israel’s Channel 10, “If the soldiers are not returned, we will turn Lebanon’s clock back 20 years.”

Five more Israeli soldiers died in fighting following the raid. Four died in an attack on their tank, and another died as soldiers tried to help them, the IDF reported.

Four Israel civilians and six soldiers have been wounded so far in the fighting, which has included more than 100 airstrikes on what Israel says are Hezbollah bases, and road and bridges that could be used in transporting the kidnapped soldiers.

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Charge Alleges New Jersey Landlord Sought To Group Tenants Based on Religion and Race July 12, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Discrimination, Housing, Landlord, landlord harassment, New Jersey landlord harassment, Racism, Religion.
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it has issued a charge of discrimination against Triple H. Realty, LLC of Lakewood, New Jersey, and two of its employees. The charge alleges that Triple H. Realty and the two employees violated the Fair Housing Act by attempting to segregate tenants at the Cottage Manor Apartments, a 104-unit, six building apartment complex located in Lakewood, New Jersey, based on their religion, race, color, and national origin.

HUD alleges that the owner, managing agent, and onsite superintendent of the Cottage Manor Apartments treated non-Jewish tenants differently than Jewish tenants. Specifically, HUD alleges that non-Jewish Hispanic and African-American tenants were forced to transfer to the buildings located in the rear of the subject property to allow Jewish families to move into the better-kept apartments in the front of the complex. HUD found that the managing agent for Triple H. Realty, LLC, offered Jewish tenants incentives to relocate to Cottage Manor and instructed the onsite superintendent to ask African-American and Hispanic families living in two buildings to transfer to another building so that Jewish tenants would not have to live among African-American and Hispanic families.

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