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Caucasophobia — the Accepted Racism April 6, 2007

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From globalpolitician.com :

I had written much of this essay more than a year before I finally decided to post it online. A couple of personal experiences brought me onto the subject of non-white racism. I hesitated to post it, mainly because I instinctively dislike writing about anything related to race. I was brought up that way. Partly, I also convinced myself that I was first and foremost against Islam, and that writing about skin color would only complicate this fight.

However, after thinking about it for some time, I find that none of these arguments hold true. I am tired of ideological censorship. Western nations can never mount a defense against Muslim immigration if this is always dismissed as “racism.” But above all, if you believe that non-white racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its victims. I am convinced that not just non-white, but also anti-white racism, are real and underestimated phenomena.

In London, an elderly driver who had a heart attack careered into a bus. Here you had a dying man, people trying to save him and police trying to clear the scene. Meanwhile, black youths at the scene just wanted to fight the cops. They shouted, ‘Who cares — it’s just a white man’.”

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Muslim pupils should be treated differently? February 26, 2007

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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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UN envoy hits Israel ‘apartheid’ February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Di, family re-unification, Gaza, Human Rights, Israel, Israel apartheid, John Dugard, Muslim, Palestinians, UN, UN envoy, West Bank.
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A UN human rights envoy has compared Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories to elements of apartheid. The UN’s Special Rapporteur, John Dugard, describes the regime as being designed to dominate and systematically oppress the occupied population.

Mr Dugard is a South African professor of international law assigned to monitor Israeli human rights abuses.
He has extensively studied apartheid in South Africa and has compared it to what he saw under Israeli rule.

Special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN secretary general to present reports on human rights to the organisation.

Their findings do not represent UN policy.

In a new report, Mr Dugard says: “Israel’s laws and practices certainly resemble aspects of apartheid”.
He points to what he describes as “unashamed discrimination” against Palestinians in favour of Israeli settlers.
“It is difficult to resist the conclusion that many of Israel’s laws and practices violate the 1966 Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination,” says the report.

“House demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are carried out in a manner that discriminates against Palestinians.
“Throughout the West Bank, and particularly in Hebron, settlers are given preferential treatment over Palestinians in terms of movement (major roads are reserved exclusively for settlers), building rights and army protection and laws governing family re-unification”.

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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

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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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Discrimination against atheists? February 10, 2007

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We have covered stories in the past about discrimination against Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other religious groups, but are atheists also discriminated against in today’s society?

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

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

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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.

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

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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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Jewish youth believe Arabs dirty, uneducated January 11, 2007

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Recent poll reveals 75 percent of Jewish students believe Arabs uneducated, uncivilized, unclean. Similar stereotypes found amongst Arab students toward Jews, but in lower percentages

A Haifa University survey investigating Arabs and Jews’ views on one another reveals disturbing results.

The poll showed that 75 percent of Jewish students believe that Arabs are uneducated people, are uncivilized and are unclean. On the other hand 25 percent of the Arab youth believe that Jews are the uneducated ones, while 57 percent of the Arab’s believe Jews are unclean. Over a third of the Jewish students taking part in the survey confirmed that they are afraid of Arabs. The poll was conducted by Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, Dr. Yigal Rosen and Harbi Hasaisi of Haifa University’s Center for Research on Peace Education.The data was presented at a bi-lingual conference held in Haifa. The study, titled “Perception of ‘the Other’ amongst Jewish and Arab Youth in Israel” included 1,600 students studying in 22 high schools around the country.

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Muslim march meant to intimidate Christians January 1, 2007

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WorldNetDaily.com is running an article about Islamic groups intimidating Christians in Nazareth:

Excerpt:

NAZARETH – Islamic groups held a large militant march down the main streets of Nazareth this weekend, highlighting for some here the plight of Christians in this ancient city where Muslims have become a majority and members of the dwindling Christian population say they suffer regular intimidation.

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Islamic Movement leaders paraded down Nazareth’s main thoroughfare brandishing their party’s green flag. Young Muslim men in battle gear marched and beat drums as a man on loudspeaker repeatedly exclaimed in Arabic, “Allah is great.”

Hundreds of activists strutted screaming Islamist epithets, including “Islam is the only truth” and “Islam shall rule all.”

Tens of thousands of Nazareth residents, seemingly mostly Muslim, congregated on the streets as the march passed by. Muslim children launched firecrackers into the sky, occasionally misfiring, with the small explosives landing dangerously close to the crowds.

Many of the town’s Christian residents stayed away from the event, with the exception of Christian shopkeepers who worked in the area. WND observed as several Muslim youth marching in the parade started to charge at three local Christian shopkeepers but the youth stopped short.

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While the march was billed as a celebration, it’s militant virtues were clearly visible. The event seemed more a show of force than a street party.

“The march is meant to intimidate Christians,” said Saleem, a Nazareth Christian resident who asked that his last name be withheld for fear of what he said was “Muslim retaliation” for speaking out.

“It’s part of the methods used by the Muslims in very obvious ways to create an atmosphere where the Christians should know the Muslims are the main power and we are not welcome anymore,” Saleem said.

[Link] Read the rest of the article at WorldNetDaily.com

Muslim alienation risk in Europe December 18, 2006

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Muslims in Europe face discrimination on a daily basis, a report by the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) said in its latest study launched Monday in Vienna.

EUMC head Beate Winkler stressed that Islamophobic incidents remained “under-documented and under-reported.” In a large majority of the 25 EU-member states, there was insufficient data on incidents discriminating Muslims.

The 117-page survey examines daily experiences of the estimated 13 million Muslims living in the European Union and reinforces the urgency of tackling the problems surrounding immigration and integration.

Winkler said that while integration was of course a two-way street, lack of combating discrimination would severely undermine integration. “Firm political leadership is needed to ensure equal treatment of all Europeans, whatever their background,” Winkler said.

 

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

E-mail from “Pauline,” a passenger on imam flight December 2, 2006

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November 21, 2006
US Airways Airline

To all news stations concerned:
In reference to the removal of the six Muslim gentlemen from flight 300 at
the Minneapolis –St. Paul airport last light, prior to the planes departure.
I was a passenger on that flight, sitting in seat #-# originally and later
temporarily sitting in the front row of first class, while waiting for
everyone to disembark the plane for a safety check. Having been on the
plane, witnessed what transpired first hand and talked at great length with
the first class steward regarding other facts, I am “ENRAGED” at the
national AND local news reports I have seen this morning.

The facts reported are incomplete and inaccurate. This event was immediately
jumped on by their attorney, who told the American people on CNBC they need
to get over 911, stop being paranoid about Muslims and he even threatened a
huge law suit against US Airways for the discriminating and humiliating
treatment of his clients. I am convinced this entire thing may have been
done to intimidate not only US Airways, but all airlines and airports in
order to get them to back off on their security efforts. This is only part
of the real story.

In defense of US Airways: They did a splendid job of handling the situation.
No panic was created we felt protected at all times. They did not make a
knee jerk reaction as a result of one passenger passing them as note as
reported by the media.

Most importantly, the public needs to be told that there was a series of”
many suspicious events”, which were observed by the crew and several
passengers. The captain made his decision based on all of these events and
not just one note.

Their attorney is trying to turn this into a “right to pray in a public
place issue” and it is not that at all. He is claiming they were removed
from the plane for praying in public. And inferring it is wrong to
discriminate against them for this. Claiming that we Americans don’t
understand their religion and their need to pray everyday at specific times,
he stated that WE need to be more tolerant of their religious beliefs. He
made a statement trying to draw an analogy of the right to carry a bible or
a rosary on a plane. This is nothing more than a smoke screen to make this a
human rights issue and intimidate the airline industry. They were already
claiming discrimination to Fox TV news when I got home from the airport.
Something does not smell right here.

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Flying Imams: Discrimination or Up to no good? [Report and More] December 2, 2006

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The case of U.S. Airways flight 300 gets stranger by the minute. When six traveling Muslim clerics were asked to deplane last week, it looked like another civil rights controversy against post-9-11 airport security.

Now new information is emerging that suggests it was all a stunt designed to weaken security….

Yesterday I spoke with a passenger on that flight, who asked that she be only identified as “Pauline.” A copy of airport police report, which I also obtained, supports Pauline’s account – and includes shocking revelations of its own. In addition, U.S. Airways spokeswoman Andrea Rader also confirmed much of what Pauline revealed…..

The passenger, who asked that she only be identified as “Pauline,” said she is afraid to give her full name or hometown. She is spending the night at “another location” because she does not feel safe at home. She credits reports that one imam is apparently linked to Hamas. “It is scary because these men could be dangerous.”

Pauline said she never wanted media attention. She wrote an email to U.S. Airways and cc:ed her daughter, who unexpectedly emailed it to her friends. As the letter took on an internet life of its own, it made its way to the inbox of a retired CNN executive producer. Then, to her dismay, the feeding frenzy began.

Pauline revealed to Pajamas Media that the six imams were doing things far more suspicious than praying – an Arabic-speaking passenger heard them repeatedly invoke “bin Laden,” and “terrorism,” a gate attendant told the captain that she did not want to fly with them, and that bomb-sniffing dogs were brought aboard. Other Muslim passengers were left undisturbed and later joined in a round of applause for the U.S. Airways crew. “It wasn’t that they were Muslim. It was all of the suspicious things they did,” Pauline said.

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Christians, Muslims campaign for real Christmas December 1, 2006

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A campaign to save the traditions of Christmas from the interference of politically correct town halls was launched by an influential coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday.

Leaders of the two faiths warned that attempts to suppress Christmas bring a backlash and Muslims get the blame.

And they said that while Christmas causes no offence to minority faiths, banning it offends almost everybody.

Notorious local authority attempts to stamp out Christmas include Birmingham’s decision to name its seasonal celebrations ‘Winterval’ and Luton’s attempt to change Christmas into a Harry Potter festival by renaming its festive lights ‘Luminos’.

The angry rebuke came from the Christian Muslim Forum, a body set up earlier this year with the blessing of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Tony Blair.

The body sent a letter to town halls in the name of Anglican Bishop of Bolton David Gillett and senior Islamic cleric and Government adviser Dr Ataullah Siddiqui. It pleaded for an end to the suppression of Christmas and the restoration of its Christian meaning.

Council leaders were told: ‘There seems to be a secularising agenda which fails to understand the concerns of religious communities.

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Marshals decry imams’ charges December 1, 2006

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Air marshals, pilots and security officials yesterday expressed concern that airline passengers and crews will be reluctant to report suspicious behavior aboard for fear of being called “racists,” after several Muslim imams made that charge in a press conference Monday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Six imams, or Muslim holy men, accused a US Airways flight crew of inappropriately evicting them from a flight last week in Minneapolis after several passengers said the imams tried to intimidate them by loudly praying and moving around the airplane. The imams urged Congress to enact laws to prohibit ethnic and religious “profiling.” Federal air marshals and others yesterday urged passengers to remain vigilant to threats.
“The crew and passengers act as our additional eyes and ears on every flight,” said a federal air marshal in Las Vegas, who asked that his name not be used. “If [crew and passengers] are afraid of reporting suspicious individuals out of fear of being labeled a racist or bigot, then terrorists will certainly use those fears to their advantage in future aviation attacks.”
But Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Muslims “have to walk around on eggshells in public just because we don’t want to be misconstrued as suspicious. You have to strike a balance between legitimate fears which people may have, but not allow passengers to have so much discretion that they can trigger a process that would violate a traveler’s basic civil rights.”

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Danes’ Anti-Immigrant Backlash Marks Radical Shift November 23, 2006

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An anti-immigrant backlash, bordering on xenophobia, is sweeping across Europe. Sentiments once associated with ultra right-wing parties are becoming mainstream. Many taboos are being broken — nowhere more starkly than in Denmark — the erstwhile poster child of the welcoming and nurturing welfare state.Earlier this year, that haven of solidarity and liberalism was shaken by violent protests and deaths in the Muslim world over cartoons of Mohammed that were published in a Danish paper. Suddenly, Danes began to see their own Muslim immigrants as a threat to their national identity.

The cartoon crisis hit hard in the Copenhagen commune of Christiania, a bastion of the counterculture where freedom of speech is the paramount value.

Sculptor/welder Charlotte Steem, one of the commune’s 800 residents, says the violence with which some Muslims reacted to the Mohammed cartoons has undermined many of her convictions.

“There are a lot of things I don’t understand in [the] Muslim world,” Steem says. She recognizes the free society of her country but says she doesn’t know whether borders can remain open.

Only a few years ago, Denmark was proud of its open-door policy, and even the mildest critique of immigration would have been labeled racist.

But the mood shifted after Sept. 11, and the terrorist attacks in Europe. After many years of leftist rule, a right-wing government came to power, introducing Europe’s toughest immigration laws.

It also introduced restrictions aimed at curbing forced marriages among Muslims.

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Muslim clerics taken from US Airways flight charge bias November 22, 2006

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MINNEAPOLIS — Six Muslim clerics removed from a US Airways flight yesterday said they were victims of discrimination and called for a boycott of the airline.

The imams were removed from a Minneapolis-to-Phoenix flight Monday night after three of them said their normal evening prayers in the terminal in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport before boarding, said Omar Shahin, president of the North American Imams Federation. They were among 150 imams who attended a federation meeting in Minneapolis.

“The police came and took us off the plane in front of all the passengers in a very humiliated way,” said Imam Shahin. “I never felt bad in my life like yesterday. It was the worst moment in my life when I see six imams, six leaders in this community, humiliated.”

They said they were questioned by police and the FBI, detained in a holding cell with loud music and occasionally surrounded by police dogs.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties said in a letter yesterday that it had opened an investigation.

US Airways Group Inc. issued a statement saying it was interviewing crew members and ground workers to find out more about what happened. “We are always concerned when passengers are inconvenienced and especially concerned when a situation occurs that causes customers to feel their dignity was compromised,” the airline said. “We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

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Racist bullying ‘rising at schools’ November 12, 2006

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Pupils are being urged to help protect Muslim children from bullying in the playground amid claims that racist attacks have increased since the July 7 bombings.

The move, by the Department for Education and Skills, comes after the Muslim Council of Britain warned that racist bullying was being swept under the carpet in many state schools.

Last week, a group of 13 Muslim girls were allegedly attacked by white pupils while praying in the playground at Manning comprehensive, an all-girls school in Nottingham. The school said a room had now been provided for prayers.

Tahir Alam, the chairman of the MCB’s education committee, said: “Islamophobic bullying is an increasing problem. In many mainstream schools Muslims are marginalised and we need to start recognising the significance of Islamophobic bullying as a symptom of this bigger problem.”

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