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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.”



Arab Cabinet Pick Stirs ‘Zionism-Racism’ Debate January 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Esterina Tartman, Gaza, Ghaleb Majadleh, Israel, Israeli, Isreal, Jerusalem, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Knesset, Muslim, Muslims, Palestinian, Racism, Racist, Zionism, Zionism-Racism, Zionist.
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Jerusalem – When Knesset member Esterina Tartman opened her mouth on Israel Radio last week to attack the Labor Party for naming Israel’s first-ever Muslim Arab Cabinet minister, she did more than just rattle Ehud Olmert’s shaky coalition. She opened up a raging national debate on the taboo topic of where Zionism ends and racism begins.

“What [Labor leader] Amir Peretz did this morning is to swing an enormous ax at the tree called Zionism,” said Tartman, a member of the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party, referring to Peretz’s January 11 designation of Labor lawmaker Ghaleb Majadleh as minister of science, sports and culture. “We need to drive out and destroy this evil from our environs…. The State of Israel is a Jewish state that is supposed to be ruled by Jewish values, with a Jewish regime and Jewish sovereignty.”

Tartman’s comments sparked outrage across the political spectrum from politicians and commentators who called her views racist and compared them to the outlawed doctrines of the late Meir Kahane. “The Zionism of Herzl, Jabotinsky and Begin always advocated the integration of Arabs who are loyal to the state in all of its institutions,” said Knesset member Michael Eitan of the opposition Likud party. Eitan demanded a formal Knesset debate on Tartman’s “racist comments.” “No believer in equality and democracy can accept them being on the agenda,” Eitan said.


Knesset education panel: Let Palestinian students attend Israeli universities December 29, 2006

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The Knesset Education, Culture, and Sports Committee on Tuesday called on Defense Minister Amir Peretz to overturn the sweeping policy of denying Palestinian students entry to study at Israeli universities.

“The impression we received from today’s debate is that instead of examining the relevance of each request, since the start of the year it has become worse, even in comparison to the permits issued at the height of the intifada,” said the panel chairman, MK Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad).

“We are not dismissing security considerations, but the sweeping policy goes against the basic right to learn and needs to be changed so that each [individual] request is examined,” said the former deputy education minister.

It emerged during the panel’s debate that despite repeated declarations by the Education Ministry, the sweeping ban affects students who had already started courses at Israeli institutions and as a result they cannot complete their studies.

A Defense Ministry representative, Major Liron Alush, told the panel that it had already been decided to permit students who have started courses to enter Israel in order to complete their studies. There are 13 to 14 Palestinian students who fell into this category, she said.

Others present at the debate disputed Alush’s claim, arguing that the ban did in fact apply to students who had already begun their courses.

The debate came in the wake of a petition to the High Court of Justice by Gisha (Access), an association that advocates freedom of movement in the territories.

The petition was submitted on the behalf of Sawsan Salameh, who received an excellence scholarship to attend Hebrew University’s doctoral program but could not attend due to the ban.

Salameh lives in the West Bank, and there is no doctoral program available to her within the Palestinian Authority.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Haaretz.com


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.



Ethiopian-Israelis protest discarding of their donated blood as ‘racist’ November 6, 2006

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JERUSALEM (AP) – Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent clashed with police and briefly blocked a main road leading into Jerusalem on Monday in a protest of the Health Ministry’s wholesale discarding of donated Ethiopian blood.

Police said four officers were hurt.

Last week, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported that the ministry had revived its practice of throwing out the Ethiopian-Israelis’ blood for fear it would be contaminated with disease. A similar disclosure a decade ago sparked protests and widespread outrage in a community that has long complained of racial discrimination.

“We are healthy people, like everyone else,” said 24-year-old Galit Maarat, who travelled to the demonstration from the southern city of Ashkelon, some 70 kilometres away. “It’s unjust, a terrible affront.”

Takelu Yayech, 25, who also travelled from Ashkelon, said demonstrators formed a human chain and sat down in the road at the entrance to Jerusalem to protest what she called racist policies.



Israel Bars New Palestinian Students From Its Universities, Citing Concern Over Security October 16, 2006

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Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was thrilled to get a full scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to begin a doctorate in theoretical chemistry.

But a recent move by the Israeli Army to ban new Palestinian students from Israeli universities for security reasons is keeping her from studying at the campus, just two miles from her home.

“The first time I applied for a permit I was rejected,” said Ms. Salameh, 29, a Muslim wearing a firmly fastened head scarf and a black denim skirt that skimmed the floor. “I was shocked, because I thought there must be some kind of mistake, so I kept trying. I kept hoping.”

Her situation is familiar to many Palestinians whose freedom of movement has been limited in recent years because of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ms. Salameh said that after she appealed six times to the Israeli government agency that handles Palestinian affairs, she decided to turn to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Gisha, an Israeli group that is an advocate for Palestinian rights, submitted a petition on her behalf to the court, calling the ban illegal.

“Gisha calls upon Israel not to prevent Palestinian students from studying just because they are Palestinian,” said the group’s director, Sari Bashi. “No one should be denied access to education based on his or her national identity.”



Norway ‘Nazi cartoon’ irks Israel August 17, 2006

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Israel’s ambassador to Norway has complained to press regulators about a cartoon showing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert as a Nazi concentration camp commander. Miryam Shomrat told the BBC the caricature in Oslo’s Dagbladet newspaper went beyond free speech.

Ms Shomrat said it would be open to prosecution in some European countries.

Dagbladet’s editor said the caricature was “within the bounds of freedom of expression,” according to Norway’s NRK state broadcaster.

Ms Shomrat made the official complaint to the Norwegian Press Trade Committee following the publication of the cartoon on 10 July.

In an interview with the BBC’s Europe Today, she said however that her protest could not be compared to the outcry in the Muslim world over the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Lars Helle, Dagbladet’s acting editor-in-chief, said the newspaper was taking the complaint seriously.



Israeli Blood Thought To Be More Valuable Than Lebanese Blood? August 8, 2006

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Do some people think that Israeli blood is more valuable than Lebanese blood? In this clip George Galloway challenges Sky News about this and other bias that seem to be in some of the reporting about the middle east at this time.


Israel Passes Nazisque Racial Marriage Law August 6, 2006

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In approving an effective ban on marriages between Israelis and Palestinians this week, Israel’s Supreme Court has shut tighter the gates of the Jewish fortress the state of Israel is rapidly becoming. The judges’ decision, in the words of the country’s normally restrained Haaretz daily, was “shameful”.

By a wafer-thin majority, the highest court in the land ruled that an amendment passed in 2003 to the Nationality Law barring Palestinians from living with an Israeli spouse inside Israel — what in legal parlance is termed “family unification” — did not violate rights enshrined in the country’s Basic Laws.



Lebanese Red Cross Repeatedly Targeted August 2, 2006

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Israeli warplanes are attacking the Lebanese Red Cross repeatedly, members of the medical aid group say.

“The night of July 23 we were called to rescue a family whose home was bombed,” Kassem Shaulan, a 28-year-old medic with the Lebanese Red Cross in Tyre told IPS. “Just as I finished loading the three injured people in my ambulance, it was struck by a rocket and all of us were injured.”

The ambulance, now parked outside of the Red Cross headquarters in this coastal city, had a hole through the centre of the red cross painted on its roof. The inside was heavily damaged and pieces of the metal frame of the van hung limply, riddled with shrapnel holes.



The Qana Massacre July 31, 2006

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A powerful video has been released about the Qana Massacre.

Please note: the video contains disturbing images of dead children.


Israeli Children Signing Bombs: Part II July 24, 2006

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Earlier we brought you the story about Israeli children signing bombs, now a unverified explanation to the story has come out that attempts to show these pictures in a less haunting light.

Attention: Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination has decided to no longer carry this article anymore as the source for the article was discovered to be a entrenched part of a Israeli Internet propaganda group. We feel it would be a disservice to continue to keep this article on our website while knowing that it is most likely deliberate propaganda.  We will continue to publish articles about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict as it is a very important issue that needs everyone’s attention.

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Israeli Diplomat: All Arabs are Terrorists July 23, 2006

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Imagine a member of the KKK going on the Bill O’Reilly show and declaring all African-Americans are shiftless crackheads. Imagine the outrage and calls for Fox News to be investigated for promoting racism and hatred. Now imagine an Israeli diplomat going on Bill O’Reilly’s show and declaring all Muslims are terrorists. In fact, this happened, and nobody is calling the diplomat, Dan Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, a racist or are there demands Fox News be investigated for promoting racism and hatred.



Shocking images of “Gifts from Israeli Children”: The Indoctrination of Israeli Children July 19, 2006

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Global Research July 19, 2006

Israeli children sign bombs, as ‘gifts’ to the Lebanese children:

Below are disturbing pictures of Israeli children sending gifts of hatred to their Arab counterparts in what is a systematic method of teaching children to kill others. These pictures were taken at a heavy artillery position near Kiryat Shmona close to the Lebanese border.

The victims: