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Arab Drivers Win Right To Pursue Discrimination Case Against FedEx March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against Arabs, discrimination policy, FedEx, Islam, Islamic, Lawsuit, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Osama bin Laden, Racism against Arabs, Terrorist, Terrorists.
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Four Arab-American drivers who claim they were harassed by their FedEx supervisors in Massachusetts have won the right to pursue their case. The men say they were called “terrorists” and asked if they were sending money to Osama bin Laden.

FedEx argued that the four were independent contractors and weren’t eligible for protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination denied that objection saying the drivers were employees.

The four foreign-born drivers are Massachusetts residents and practicing Muslims.

The lawsuit claims the company’s ground package unit and two of its terminal supervisors engaged in a pattern of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination.

A FedEx spokesman declined to comment on the case, but did say FedEx doesn’t tolerate behavior that violates their discrimination policy.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: wcsh6.com

Muslim pupils should be treated differently? February 26, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Britian, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim Council of Britain, National Association of Head Teachers, Racism, Racist, religious extremism, School, Schools, UK.
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Muslim schoolchildren should be treated differently from other pupils, the country’s most prominent Islamic organisation has said.

They should have separate changing rooms for sports and swimming, single sex classes for sex education, prayer rooms and new rights to Islamic worship, and different uniform rules, the Muslim Council of Britain said.

Schools win the right to ban the veil after girl’s court defeat

Boys should be allowed to grow beards for religious reasons, said new guidelines for schools published by the council.

The call for special treatment for Muslim pupils comes at a time when Government efforts are concentrated on eliminating segregation and encouraging ‘British’ values to tackle religious extremism.

The National Association of Head Teachers dismissed the ideas as “completely undoable” and warned they ran against the grain of tolerance in schools.

In a paper offering guidance on the treatment of nearly 400,000 Muslim pupils in state schools, the council said some schools “have not been receptive of legitimate and reasonable requests made by Muslim parents and pupils in relation to their faith-based aspirations and concerns”.

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U.N. Anti-Racism Panel Questions Israel February 21, 2007

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A United Nations anti-racism hearing later this week could add more fuel to the debate over a hotly contested Israeli construction project that has sparked anger throughout the Muslim world. Israel’s government has also been asked to explain if it discriminates between Jewish citizens and what it calls its “Arab sector” in how it provides housing, education, public services, land rights and legal protection against acts of violence, according to a list of issues released by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The panel of 18 independent experts overseeing compliance with the United Nations’ 38-year-old anti-racism treaty has submitted questions in writing on Israel’s policy for preserving holy sites and asked the government to explain why it only grants special protection for places considered sacred by Jews.

“To date, approximately 120 places have been declared as holy sites, all of which are Jewish,” the committee said in its list of questions, written before the recent furor over a construction project in Jerusalem that some Muslims have charged could damage Islam’s holy places.

Israel – whose quadrennial review was postponed in August because of the Lebanon war – is to appear before the panel on Thursday and Friday to answer the questions, which include whether it “has set forth regulations in relation to holy sites of both the Jewish and non-Jewish population.”

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Jail diet to change discrimination laws February 12, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against Muslims, Halal, Halal meat, Halal meat prison, Islam, Islamic, Judy Spence, Muslim, Muslims, Racism, Racist.
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THE Queensland Government wants to change the law after a court upheld a prisoner’s discrimination complaint because he wasn’t given meat prepared in the Muslim way.

Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence today said the Government would seek to change the law to prevent other prisoners pursuing frivolous anti-discrimination cases.

The Queensland Supreme Court on Friday found the child-sex offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was discriminated against because he did not get fresh Halal meat in prison.

He was instead given tinned Halal meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Halal is slaughtered and blessed by Muslim slaughtermen. It has not touched non-Halal meat and cannot be prepared with utensils used on other meat.

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The Muhammad Cartoons Go On Trial February 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-racism law, Card, Charlie Hebdo, France, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, French, Islam, Islamic, Muhammad Cartoons, Muhammad Cartoons lawsuit, Muslim, Muslims, Philippe Val, satire, satirized, Union of Islamic Organizations of France.
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Voltaire must be spinning in his grave. Just down the Parisian hill from where the Enlightenment’s greatest satirist is interred, a noisy scrum of intolerance is drawing any public figure with an image to market, clamoring to deliver a sound bite before the row dies down and the cameras move on.

The contest pits the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France against the editors of the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, in a lawsuit citing anti-racism laws over the magazine’s February 2006 publication of those Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that caused a global uproar. The complaint describes the decision to reprint the drawings as “born of a simplistic Islamophobia and purely commercial interests”; as having “insulted people on the basis of religion”; and as a “provocation aimed against the Islamic community.”

The editors of Charlie Hebdo and their incensed backers depict the trial as an assault on free speech by religious intolerance. A paper that thrives on controversy and insult, Charlie Hebdo argues the drawings were published both to support the Danish editors who drew the ire of Muslims around the world, and to make the point that a fully equal and integrated Islam in secular European societies can’t expect to enjoy a deference not accorded to Christianity or Judaism. “The Pope is satirized, the Church is satirized, Christians are satirized and so are Jews — all in a well-established tradition of commentary and humor,” declared Reporters Without Borders general secretary Robert M�nard outside of the court as it opened Wednesday. “Muslims have to get used to the same treatment — and in reality, most have.”

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Anti-Christian and Anti-Muslim Discrimination at Pace Law School February 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Anti-Christian discrimination, Anti-Muslim discrimination, Card, Christian, Christian Legal Society, Christians, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Muslim Law Students’ Association, Muslims, New York Law School, Pace Law School, Pace Law School discrimination, sexual orientation, Stephen J. Friedman, Student Bar Association, White Plains.
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Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, is being asked to reverse its decision to deny recognition to a campus Christian student group. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the school refuses to give the Christian Legal Society chapter official status, even after “remarkable concessions” by the faith-based group.

The Student Bar Association at Pace Law School in White Plains has denied official recognition to the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The move comes despite the fact that the Christian group added “sexual orientation” to a non-discrimination clause in its constitution and opened membership to non-Christians.

Greg Lukianoff is president of the academic freedom and individual rights watchdog group, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He says his organization is calling on Pace officials to recognize the Christian Legal Society, which has, he notes, made “remarkable concessions” in order to conform to the school’s non-discrimination policies.

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

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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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Fighting racism in Israel November 10, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-Semitism, Arab, Arabs & Muslims, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Holocaust, Islam, Islamic, Israel, Israeli, Israelis, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Muslim, Muslims, Palestinian, Quota, Racism, Racist.
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Susan Nathan, author of “The Other Side: My Journey across the Arab/Jewish Divide,” argued that Israeli Arabs suffer from a culture of systematic discrimination and called for change in the talk “One Woman’s Attempt to Challenge Segregation and Racism” held last night.

A British-born Jew, Nathan moved to Israel to escape the discrimination she experienced in Britain. Her parents were refuges from World War II, and Nathan was raised as a minority, being the only Jew in her entire school of 400 students.

“Growing up, I always felt I was living on the outside of society,” Nathan said. “It was as if the shadow of the Holocaust was constantly hanging over my family.”

Nathan said she even experienced anti-Semitism first hand.

“When I was 16, I passed complex exams to attend a prestigious public university in Britain, only to be told that though my scores were satisfactory, I could not be admitted to attend the university because the Jewish quota had already been met,” she said.

Israel had always been ingrained within her mind as a land of safety to which she could escape in case things in Europe ever took a turn for the worse.

Once she moved to Israel, Nathan found that her new country also suffered from discrimination. However, this time, Jews, rather than being discriminated against, were the ones discriminating. she said. The Arabs of Israel suffered from severe segregation comparable to the plight during South Africa’s apartheid, she argued.

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Somalia bans swimming for women at beach October 24, 2006

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – An Islamic court has banned women from swimming at the main beach in Somalia’s capital, the latest step to impose strict religious rule that has sparked fears of an emerging, Taliban-style regime.

Sheikh Farah Ali Hussein, chair of a northern Mogadishu Islamic court, said Friday that the ban applies only to the northern Mogadishu Leedo beach, where families usually go on weekends to play and relax.

“We stopped women from swimming because it is against the teaching of Islam for women to mingle with men, especially while they are swimming,” Hussein said.

Since sweeping to power over much of southern Somalia in June, the Islamists have banned movie viewing, publicly lashed drug users and broke up a wedding celebration because a band was playing and women and men were socializing together. They also have introduced public executions.

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Muslim Cabbies Discriminate Against The Blind October 11, 2006

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MUSLIM taxi drivers are refusing to carry blind passengers with their guide dogs or anyone carrying alcohol.

At least 20 dog-aided blind people have lodged discrimination complaints with the Victorian Taxi Directorate. Dozens more have voiced their anger.

And there have been several complaints that drivers refuse to allow passengers to carry sealed bottles of alcohol.
Victorian Taxi Association spokesman Neil Sach said the association had appealed to the mufti of Melbourne to give religious approval for Muslim cabbies to carry guide dogs.

One Muslim driver, Imran, said yesterday the guide dog issue was difficult for him.

“I don’t refuse to take people, but it’s hard for me because my religion tells me I should not go near dogs,” he said.

There are about 2000 Muslims among drivers of Melbourne’s 10,000 taxis. Many are from countries with strict Islamic teachings about “unclean” dogs and the evils of alcohol.

Drivers who refused to carry blind people with their dogs attended remedial classes at Guide Dogs Victoria, Mr Sach said.

“They are taught why blind people need dogs,” Mr Sach said.

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Muslim Cemetery Dogged by Vandalism July 26, 2006

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An uncertain future looms for a Muslim cemetery which has been dogged by vandalism
The first Muslim cemetery in Denmark has already been struck by several incidents of vandalism – before it has even been opened.

The cemetery plot in Brøndby, southwest of Copenhagen, has had swastikas painted on it. Similar vandalism has also taken place at the Islamic religious community centre in Copenhagen.

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