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

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, holy places, Islam, Islamic, Israel, Israeli, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Muslim, Muslims, Noble Sanctuary, non-Jewish, Racism, Racist, Temple Mount, U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discriminat, UN, United Nations.
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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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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

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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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.

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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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Jewish youth believe Arabs dirty, uneducated January 11, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Israel, Jew, Jewish, Muslim, Muslims, Poll, Racism, Racist.
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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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French judge bars pork soup for needy after all January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, France, French, Jews, Muslims.
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FRANCE’S highest administrative court has confirmed a police decision banning an organisation with far-right links from offering pork soup to the homeless.

Police had banned the soup kitchen last month, arguing the handouts discriminated against Jews and Muslims who do not eat pork on religious grounds. But the ban was overturned by an administrative court earlier this week.

The French Interior Ministry had appealed against that court ruling to the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court.

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Court rules pork soup kitchen not racist January 2, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Jews, Muslims, Racism, Racist.
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A FRENCH court has ruled that an organisation with far-right links can continue offering pork soup to the homeless, rejecting police complaints that the food distribution was racist.

Police banned the soup kitchen last month, arguing that the handouts discriminated against Jews and Muslims who do not eat pork on religious grounds.

The administrative court said the distribution was “clearly discriminatory”, but could not be stopped because the organisers offered to feed anyone who asked for help.

The mayor of Paris condemned the ruling and urged the police to appeal the ruling.

“Faced by this initiative which stinks of xenophobia, I want once again to express city hall’s desire to fight all forms of discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism,” mayor Bertrand Delanoe said.

The food handouts are organised by a nationalist group called Solidarity of the French (SDF). It says its “pig soup”, which uses pork fat for stock, is country fare much loved by French traditionalists.

“No-one has ever been able to prove that anyone has been refused soup or clothes on the grounds of their religion or race,” SDF lawyer Frederic Pichon said on France Info radio.

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

More U.S. Muslims Expected to Take Part in Hajj / Profiling Hotline Established December 14, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Muslims.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/12/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said today that the number of American Muslims taking part in this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, is expected to increase because the religious observance falls during the winter holidays.

(American Muslims are just beginning to leave for Hajj and will be returning in early January. Some 10,000 American Muslims go on Hajj each year. To find a local mosque, go to: http://islamicfinder.org/)

Following recent allegations of “flying while Muslim” airport profiling incidents, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is advising those going on pilgrimage to be aware of their civil and legal rights as airline passengers. CAIR is also offering a toll-free hotline (1-800-784-7526) for anyone who believes their rights were violated.

In its “ Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim” pocket guide, CAIR states:

“As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. You have the right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory. If you believe you have been treated in a discriminatory manner, immediately:

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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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Paris airport bars 72 employees: discrimination or security risk? November 3, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, France, Muslims, Terrorist.
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Some 72 airport staff, most of them Muslims, have been stripped of their security clearance at France’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle in Paris. They pose a risk because of alleged links to groups with “potentially terrorist aims”, officials say. The staff, who include baggage handlers, are said to have visited Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some of them are suing the authorities, claiming they are being discriminated against because of their religion. The interior ministry last year ordered a security review of airport staff.

“Seventy-two employees had their badges withdrawn [because] they are linked to fundamentalist movements with potentially terrorist aims,” Jacques Lebrot, the deputy prefect in charge of the airport, told the AFP news agency.

The “great majority” were linked to an “Islamist movement”, he said. Badges were also taken away from “just under a dozen” people suspected of links to Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels as well as from one Sikh worker.

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Profiling plan angers UK Muslims August 17, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs & Muslims, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, England, Ethnic, Islam, Muslim, Muslims, religious, UK, United Kingdom.
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The British government is considering a system of passenger profiling that includes checks on travelers’ ethnic or religious background, according to media reports.

The planned system of tougher airport checks would create a new offense of “traveling whilst Asian,” according to one of Britain’s most senior Muslim police officers.

Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei said intelligence could be used to examine travel history, how a ticket is purchased and frequency of travel, but added: “It becomes hugely problematic when it’s based on ethnicity, religion and country of origin. I don’t think there’s a stereotypical image of a terrorist.”

The Times newspaper reports that officials at the Department for Transport are considering a system of passenger profiling that would select people behaving suspiciously, who have an unusual travel pattern or have a certain ethnic or religious background.

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Do Some Muslims Believe Jews Came From Apes and Swine? July 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Ape, Apes, Apes and Swine, blog, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Eteraz, Jew, Jewish, maulvi, Monkey, Monkeys, Muslim, Muslims, Pig, Quran, Racism, Swine, tafsir.
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The Eteraz blog has written an interesting article about the belief by some Muslims that Jews came from apes and swine. Could it be true that this idea comes directly from the Quran? Story follows below:

When I was a child in Pakistan my mother and I hired a religious tutor, a “maulvi,” to come to our house and help us do exegesis (tafsir) of the entire Quran. I was nine. It was fun being a student alongside my mom because she did all the work and knew all the answers and I could zone out. The maulvi would come on his bicycle, guzzle down a gallon of butter-milk and shove down the requisite two or three potato-filled parathas and then proceed to go through the Quran with us, verse by verse, and reference the works of exegetes like Mawdudi and Ibn Kathir to tell us what each verse meant. It was an enjoyable experience until my mother told my dad that the maulvi hit on her. My mother dropped out and I had to go to the maulvi at his dingy mosque in the commercial section. A week into my solitary lessons we were discussing Moses and his people that the maulvi told me the astounding fact that once upon a time the Jews were turned into monkeys. Of course at first I didn’t believe this, but he told me it was right there in the Quran. As I was leaving he told me that some of the Jews were actually pigs (the word he used was the Urdu word “khanzeer” which is closer to “swine.”)

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Israel’s Ethnic Weapon? July 26, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Arabs & Muslims, bacterium, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Death, Ethnic, Genocide, Human Rights, Iraqi, Islam, Israel, Isreal, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Muslims, Racism, Semitic, Tziyona, virus, Weapon, Zucker.
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Israel is reportedly developing a biological weapon that would harm Arabs while leaving Jews unaffected, according to a report in London’s Sunday Times.The report, citing Israeli military and western intelligence sources, says that scientists are trying to identify distinctive genes carried by Arabs to create a genetically modified bacterium or virus.

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