Ellen Frankel stands just 4-foot-8 1/2 inches tall, a size that allowed larger co-workers to playfully scoop her up at the office and make remarks about her height. Some even patted her on the head.
Lawmakers are considering complaints such as hers as they review a bill that would make Massachusetts just the second state to bar discrimination based on height or weight.
“People in authority will very easily make comments about height that they wouldn’t make about race or gender,” said Frankel, a Marblehead author.
Jeanne Toombs understands the frustration. She says overweight people routinely are discriminated against because of their size.
“It’s not fair. No matter what you think of fat people, they deserve to be treated like human beings,” said Toombs, 59, a piano teacher who weighs 300 pounds and is on the board of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.
The proposed law does not define short or fat. It would apply mainly to the workplace but also to landlords and real estate transactions.
INROADS Racist Internships December 24, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Job, jobs, Latino, Race, Racism, Racist.
Being considered a minority organization is not enough for INROADS Leadership Training as they now feel that they can pick and choose only the racial categories that they want. In a move that would make any racist happy for the future, INROADS list that to apply you can only be from the following racial groups: African American, Latino, Native American. In spite of the number of impoverished minorities in the country that are excluded from this limited list, the INROADS organization will not be bothered with them. The job details posted from INROADS follows below:
Great Employers at Various Locations
STEGER, IL 60475
Great opportunity to Intern with Fortune 1000 companies nationally. Candidates must highly motivated, have a desire to start their career early and meet our eligibility requirements.
Must be African American, Latino, Native American, have an SAT Score at least 1000 combined, 3.0 GPA, U.S. Citizen or Perm Resident Freshman, Sophomore, Junior (with 2 summers available before graduation) attending a accredited University or College.
The intensive INROADS Leadership Training Process has helped more than 38,000 young men and women develop professional skills and competencies to be successful in careers in business and industry. With more than 50 affiliates throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada and South Africa, INROADS trains and places nearly 6,000 young men and women each year in salaried, corporate internships. On average, 83% of INROADS interns offered a full-time position with their INROADS corporate sponsor accept.
Since 1993, The Princeton Review has consistently named INROADS one of “America’s Top 10 Internships” along with The Supreme Court, The White House, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. We are currently ranked 4th by Princeton Review as one of the top internships in the country. INROADS remains the only minority organization ever to receive this honor.
Today, INROADS graduates have gone on to become leaders in industry, academia and government.
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Former Larimore police chief says racism a factor in firing December 14, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, anti-black, Black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Race, Racism, racism and discrimination, Racist.
Baltimore native Steven L. Jones, whose brief tenure as police chief of a small town in North Dakota was marred by allegations of aggressive policing and racism, has been fired.
Larimore Mayor Marvin Denault gave Jones his walking papers Friday, saying he brought too much “negativity” to the town, according to Jones. Denault could not be reached for comment.
“I am very much disappointed,” Jones said from his home in Govans yesterday. “I’ve been working 40 years and never been terminated. Never. It’s kind of hard to swallow that you lose your job for doing your job.”
Jones, 50, began working in Larimore in August and almost immediately was criticized by some townspeople who complained he ticketed people for such mundane offenses as jaywalking or leaving car engines running unattended – infractions that generally went unpunished before Jones’ arrival in the farming town of 1,400.
Previously, Jones had been a corporal with Maryland Natural Resources Police, an instructor with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, a deputy sheriff in Cecil County and a detective for the Department of Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Rosie O’Donnell’s Racist Rant December 12, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Race, Racism, Racist.
HotAir’s Michelle Malkin takes on the racist comments made recently by Rosie O’Donnell
Supreme Court to Rule on Assigning Schools Based on Race of Student December 4, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Race, Racism, racism and discrimination, Racist, Supreme Court, White, Whites.
WASHINGTON — Kathleen Brose is a Seattle parent whose daughter was denied a seat at the local high school in 2000 because she is white. Former teacher Pat Todd is in charge of deciding where students in Louisville, Ky., attend public school, using race as one of several criteria.
Todd and Brose are at the center of a school desegregation debate set for Monday morning before the U.S. Supreme Court that could affect what rules districts may use to keep schools integrated. Parents of white students in both districts are suing to overturn racially driven student assignment systems they say illegally force children to enroll in public schools they don’t want to attend simply because of skin color.
With fewer school systems under court-ordered desegregation, some have adopted looser rules that allow parents some freedom to choose schools as long as there’s enough room and racial balance is met. The justices’ ruling, expected this spring, will shape what local governments can do to ensure integration more than half a century after the watershed Brown v. Board of Education case.
“If the court rules (against both plans), it will be a reversal of historic proportions,” said Theodore Shaw, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Both sides are using the legacy of the Brown case to buttress their arguments.
Supporters of the Louisville and Seattle plans say the 1954 ruling was supposed to end racial isolation by outlawing the “separate but equal” standard. Opponents, including the Bush administration, say Brown sought to make sure no child is discriminated against because of race.
Brose said her daughter applied to attend the high school nearest to her home, not only because of its proximity, but because it had an orchestra program. Instead, the district assigned her to a high school twice as far away without an orchestra program or any of her middle school friends.
Tidewater Community College is accused of discrimination. The school will not comment on the allegations because officials say it is a personnel issue. Officials add the school policy is to hire without regard to race or color.
Ed Tompkins, a trucker from Chesapeake, and Russell Luck, who lives in Portsmouth, say combined, they’ve driven more than three million miles accident free and Luck says that safety record is no accident, “That’s not by chance. I mean you really have to pay attention.”
So it’s no wonder a friend suggested both apply to be tractor-trailer instructors for Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth campus. Tompkins says there were a total of five applicants there, “I felt that I was probably more qualified than anybody else who was sitting there.”
But in June 2005, they learned neither man got either of the two openings. Tompkins has 15 years experience, Luck 18.
Luck says, “I’ve done everything I can in 18 years to do my best and it’s like somebody walks up and slaps you in the face.”
Luck may sound like he has an extreme case of sour grapes. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined this fall there was something rotten in TCC’s hiring process– discrimination. EEOC documents for both truckers read quote,”There is reasonable cause to believe that the charging party was denied hire because of his race, white.” The two people TCC did hire, the truckers charged, were African-American. Tompkins says,
Former employees file suits against Navajo Nation Medical Center November 26, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Race, Racism, Racist, Sexism.
GALLUP — Several current and former employees of Navajo Nation Medical Center have filed complaints in U.S. federal court claiming that they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race and retaliation, and discrimination on the basis of sex.
All four plaintiff’s are have filed against Michael O. Leavitt, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are being represented by Donald G. Gilpin, attorney for Gilpin & Keefe, P.C. of Albuquerque.
The plaintiffs in the suits include Isabelle Castillo-Kee, Steven Miller, Fernando Nakai and Beverley Farley.
The complaints are as follows:
Castillo-Kee, a registered nurse who has been employed at the hospital since October 1993 filed her complaint Nov. 13.In the complaint, Castillo-Kee states that she was subjected to a hostile environment where her supervisor, physicians, and co-workers would use foul language in the operating room. Castillo-Kee states within the compliant that she has been called a “b**ch”, and a “f-ing b**ch”.
In November 2004, Castillo-Kee claims that a physician threw a piece of wadded paper into her bra, and then touched her inappropriately, and Castillo-Kee told the physician to never touch her again. The complaint also states that Castillo-Kee was shoved against the wall by a physician in the operating room, and was subjected to jokes and comments of a sexual nature. The complaint does not list any specific co-workers names.
Race-card player dishonors true victims November 26, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Blacks, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, firefighter, Race, Racism, Racist, victims, Whites.
Here’s the story. Following a firehouse volleyball game, fellow firefighters laced Pierce’s spaghetti with dog food to “humble” him. Pierce, who calls himself “the Big Dog,” took a few bites, saw three co-conspirator firefighters — two whites, one Latino — laughing, and demanded to know why the chuckling.
Pierce, after learning that the firefighters — in an undoubtedly good-natured way — placed dog food in his spaghetti, called the prank “racist”! He hired a lawyer, found an “expert” witness who associated the consumption of dog food with “300 years” of discrimination against blacks, and successfully settled the case with the city.
Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Banks, in an article about the award, failed to mention a few salient facts: that Pierce somehow managed to survive on the force for almost 20 years; that fellow firefighters referred to Pierce as a “turd stirrer” — meaning he routinely pulled pranks on others; that the 6-foot 5-inch Pierce often referred to himself as “the Big Dog”; that the incident was apparently a reaction to a volleyball game won by Pierce during which he repeatedly urged to his teammates to “feed the Big Dog” by throwing the ball to him; and that, in the frat boy tradition of many firefighters, his co-workers likely fed him dog food as a display of affection, knowing that, after all, Pierce had pulled pranks on many others during his long career — photos of which (including Pierce’s involvement in the shaving of the pubic hairs of a fellow firefighter) later appeared on the Internet (Link).
Days before I read about the firefighter’s award, my 91-year-old dad and I watched a movie called “Proud.” Narrated by the late, great Ossie Davis, the movie dramatized the experience of black sailors aboard the USS Mason during World War II. The ship became the only black-manned ship that actually saw combat. As a destroyer escort, it shepherded Allied convoys through German sub-filled waters, taking risks even the vaunted English Navy refused, deeming the mission too treacherous. Indeed, black sailors welcomed the assignment to the ship because, during this military-segregated era, they wished to prove themselves by seeing actual combat rather than engaging in “menial” labor.
Bill making discrimination against homosexuals punishable by prison November 24, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Congress, Discriminate, Discrimination, ethnicity, Gay, Gays, gender, Homosexual, Law, News, prison, Race, racism and discrimination, Religion, same-sex, sexual orientation.
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.
Is Diversity Enough? November 12, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, African, Black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, college, Discriminate, Discrimination, Diversity, Poor, Race, Racism, Racist, Rich, White.
Walter Benn Michaels asks us to consider the harm done when we worry about identity and forget about inequality
The University of Illinois at Chicago, a struggling but ambitious public university in the heart of the city, celebrates its ethnically diverse student body as a great achievement. But Walter Benn Michaels, chairman of the university’s English department, is unimpressed. The commitment of universities, corporations and other institutions to such diversity is “at best a distraction and at worst an essentially reactionary position,” he argues in his new book, The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality.
Right-wing academics and pundits have built careers taking potshots at affirmative action, multiculturalism and identity politics—pursuits that some postmodern leftists see as the heart of radical politics. Michaels criticizes diversity politics from the left. His argument represents a fundamental and constructive challenge to conventional thinking about the most important issues facing our society. But it is also easily misunderstood.
“I’ve been called a liberal racist more often than anything else in my life,” he says, sitting in his office at the university’s one towering office building, stylishly dressed in black jeans and t-shirt under a black window-pane jacket.
He argues that the pursuit of diversity is based on a flawed understanding of humanity and stands as a roadblock to confrontation with the most basic injustices in society: “The trouble with diversity … is not just that it won’t solve the problem of economic inequality; it’s that it makes it hard for us to even see the problem.”
Race, as virtually all modern anthropologists and geneticists agree, is not a scientifically valid concept. Obvious physical differences exist among humans, but the genetic variation within conventionally defined races is often greater than the variation among those races. Still, “race” is a concept that people use all the time with profound consequences, even if they can’t define it.
Race gets defined in ways that vary by time, geography and situation. Why, except for the peculiar American notion of blackness as being determined by one drop of “blood” of African ancestry, would a person of half African and half European genetic heritage, like Sen. Barack Obama, be called “black” rather than “white”—the latter a supposedly racial category that has grown more inclusive over many years?
Activists march against discrimination in Romania November 10, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in activist, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, gender, Holocaust, Human Rights, Jews, Race, Romania, Romanian, sexual orientation.
BUCHAREST, Romania: About 200 activists marched Friday through the downtown of the Romanian capital to protest discrimination based on race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.
Participants — including human rights supporters, media freedom activists and anarchists — carried banners reading “All different, all equal.”
They also commemorated victims of Nazi persecution, with marchers stopping at a the site of a monument for Holocaust victims.
“Romania needs to take responsibility for the crimes committed 60 years ago … We don’t see this in history books,” said Razvan Martin, one of the organizers.
National Federation of the Blind files lawsuit against Target over discriminatory website November 7, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Disabled, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Race, Religion.
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.
Ignore anti-Prop 2 scare tactics November 2, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, Asian, ballot, Black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Diversity, ethnicity, gender, Hispanic, Michigan, minorities, Race, Racism, Racist, reverse racism, Vote, White.
Update: Proposal two has now passed, please check out our other articles about it:
Victory Against Racism and Discrimination! Michigan Voters Approve Proposal 2
Legal Experts: Michigan’s Proposal 2 likely to hold up
I n 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court, in a split decision, ruled that the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions systems amounted to an unconstitutional racial quota. But the court did allow state schools, if they wished, to continue using a more “holistic” system aimed at giving minorities the benefit of the doubt.
Dial forward three years. According to data once again wrested from the university under a Freedom of Information Act request, the Center for Equal Opportunity, based in Herndon, Va., found that a black applicant with a cumulative SAT score of 1240 and a 3.2 grade-point average in high school has a 9-in-10 chance of being admitted to Michigan’s undergraduate program. For whites or Asians, the chances were 1-in-10.
In effect, nothing has changed in Ann Arbor. Which goes a long way to explain why Michigan voters are being asked to consider Proposal 2, the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which would flatly bar government from using “affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals” based on race, ethnicity, gender and other suspect factors.
Proposal 2 is the same as amendments to the California and Washington constitutions that were approved by wide margins.
But a multi-million-dollar ad campaign organized by labor, business and political elites of both parties is frantically throwing sand in the eyes of the electorate with charges that Proposal 2 would be the end of civilization as we know it.
The campaign may work. From 75 percent approval, the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative has sunk to less than 50 percent in polls recently. “Michigan is a much tougher place, politically, than either California or Washington state,” says Ward Connerly, the California businessman who has backed all three measures.
But the scare campaign against Prop 2 is just that: a scare campaign. California and Washington are doing just fine in the wake of their bans on race preferences. Yes, minority enrollment at a few of the most selective state schools is down, but overall minority enrollment in the state system is up. Female contractors can no longer count on a big boost when bidding for government work, but female income continues to rise overall.
The anti-Prop 2 campaign suffers an even more crucial flaw: It is simply unable to explain why more discrimination would lead to less discrimination. At a big rally against Prop 2 in Detroit 10 days ago, Jesse Jackson gave a particularly weird explanation of why he opposes a ban on preferences. Men of all skin colors play for the Detroit Tigers, he rightly noted, but no baseball fan would think to root for a St. Louis Cardinals player simply because of his skin color. “Diversity” leads to strength, he asserted.
Anti-Latino discrimination claim might be viewed again November 1, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gloria Molina, Latino, Race, Racism, Racist.
The U.S. Justice Department might reopen an inquiry into a claim that the 2001 redistricting plan for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors discriminates against Latinos, officials said Tuesday.
Latinos comprise 47 percent of the county’s population but are represented by only one of the five supervisors.
Joaquin G. Avila, special counsel to the 1,070-member Los Angeles County Chicano Employees Association, recently provided the Justice Department with what he says is new evidence that indicates supervisors packed Latino voters into a single district when two districts could have been drawn.
First District Supervisor Gloria Molina, whose district includes Pomona, represents most of the county’s Latino residents.
Avila’s filing seeks the creation of two supervisorial districts with Latino majorities that would give the Latino community an opportunity to elect a second candidate to the Board of Supervisors, said Alan Clayton, director of equal employment opportunity at the LACCEA.
Eastern Los Angeles County is split among three supervisorial districts and no member of the Board of Supervisors lives there.
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Racial Preferences Mean Big Government October 31, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, color, Discrimination, ethnicity, Michigan, national origin, Race, Racism, Racist, reverse racism.
Update: Proposal two has now passed, please check out our other articles about it:
On November 7, Michiganders will vote on Proposal 2—the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI)—which prevents Michigan government from discriminating against and granting preferential treatment to individuals based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. Borrowing the rallying cry used by Malcolm X and later by the Black Panthers, the organized opposition to the MCRI calls itself, “By Any Means Necessary,” or BAMN. And for good reason. BAMN views the principle of equal protection for equal God-given rights as a mortal threat to big, bureaucratic government and the liberal politics that built it. From the liberal point of view, the MCRI must be killed. BAMN!
The United States was founded on the principle that all human beings, by virtue of their shared human nature, possess equal natural rights. According to the Declaration of Independence and other founding documents, rights come from a Creator, not government. Government’s purpose is limited to protecting natural rights, which is the standard we use to judge governments: People may exercise their natural right “to alter or to abolish” a government that violates, rather than protects, these rights.
The political logic of the American Founding requires that a government of limited purpose should be a government of limited power. The U.S. Constitution and all state constitutions limit the power of government so that it better achieves its purpose—protecting rights—rather than threatening them.
Americans today, however, have largely forgotten the natural right principles of the Founders’ Constitution, adopting instead a new “progressive” theory of rights and a corresponding “progressive” understanding of government’s purposes.
More than a century ago, “progressive” thinkers and politicians (who later called co-opted the name “liberal”) began attacking limited, constitutional government in favor of a large bureaucratic-welfare state, one that could better achieve vague and changing notions of evolutionary “progress” and “social justice.” Woodrow Wilson, for example, insisted that “living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice”—academic code for saying the Constitution has no fixed or objective meaning.
Discrimination to be tackled in Latin American, Caribbean cities October 27, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Caribbean, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, gender, Race, Racism.
Racial, disability and other kinds of discrimination are to be targeted in cities across Latin America and the Caribbean in a wide-ranging initiative by the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism.
The group founded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), gave the green light on Wednesday to a special action plan aimed at tackling 10 types of abuse based on xenophobia, race, gender, health and disabilities, among others.
Governors, mayors and senior municipal officials from 40 cities across the region met here to formally sign the plan. These leaders will have the responsibility of making sure the anti-discrimination drive achieves its aims.
Individual initiatives will be launched after city leaders have spoken to non-governmental organizations, education centers, civil associations, unions and other institutions.
The Latin American and Caribbean group is a member of UNESCO’s International Coalition of Cities United against Racism, which was set up in 2004 as part of a worldwide strategy to fight discrimination.
Blog Entry: “Reverse” Racism/Sexism October 23, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Brown, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, college, Discrimination, minority, Race, Racism, Racist, reverse racism, White, Women.
Racism is a horrible facet of out society but reverse-racism is just as negative.
By reverse racism (or even reverse-sexism) I refer to when a person or group that is a part of a minority is shown favoritism and “assisted”. For example, I am on a board that gives out money to student organizations at my college. A black student group came in and the chair and the other board members gave them more money than we would have if they were a non-minority group. We also made things easier for them. This happened because the board was tired of getting discrimination charges piled against it.
Racism and Discrimination Alive and Well October 19, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, ethnicity, minorities, Race, racism and discrimination, reverse racism, Supreme Court, Whites.
For a decade now, my Center for Equal Opportunity has documented the double standards used by colleges and universities in giving preference in admission to blacks and Hispanics while disfavoring better qualified Whites and Asians.
In July 2003, the Supreme Court struck down the University of Michigan’s undergraduate affirmative action admissions program, which favored Blacks and, to a lesser extent, Hispanics. But three new CEO studies released this week show that preferences, for blacks especially, have gotten worse in subsequent years. And these preferences extend to law and medical school admissions as well.
In 2003, the Supreme Court handed down two decisions on Michigan’s admissions programs. In Gratz v. Bollinger, the Court ruled that the university’s undergraduate program, which awarded extra points on the basis of race or ethnicity, was unconstitutional. In Grutter v. Bollinger, which examined the law school’s admissions procedures, the Court upheld the school’s program, which it contended took race into account but did not mechanically award specific points for race or ethnicity.
Israel Bars New Palestinian Students From Its Universities, Citing Concern Over Security October 16, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in ban, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Israel, Israeli, Jew, Jewish, Muslim, Palestine, Palestinian, Race, Racism, Racist, university, West Bank.
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.”
Classroom ‘racism’ arrest? October 15, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in arrest, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Race, Racism, Racist.
A schoolgirl has been arrested for allegedly making racist remarks to Asian pupils because they did not speak English.
Codie Stott, 14, was reported by teachers at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, after she refused to study with her Asian classmates.
Codie was asked to sit with a group of five Asian pupils as part of a science class project.
She said the four girls and one boy began talking in a language she did not understand, believed to be Urdu, and she asked to be removed from the group.
The youngster said she was then accused of being racist and was put in an isolation unit by the teacher.
The matter was referred to the community police officer based at the school and she was arrested and taken to Swinton police station more than a week after the incident on September 26.
Greater Manchester Police said Codie had been questioned in a juvenile unit, not a police cell.