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تقبّل الله أعمالكم وأعمالنا الصالحة

Obama: Bush redux

U.S. grants support Iranian “dissidents”

Caption: the product of U.S-funded “dissidents’ ” “peaceful protests”?

Caption: has this “dissident” received U.S government funding?


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that support Iranian dissidents, records and interviews show, continuing a program that became controversial when it was expanded by President Bush.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which reports to the secretary of state, has for the last year been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants to “promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran,” according to documents on the agency’s website. The final deadline for grant applications is June 30.

U.S. efforts to support Iranian opposition groups have been criticized in recent years as veiled attempts to promote “regime change,” said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, the largest Iranian-American advocacy group. The grants enable Iran’s rulers to paint opponents as tools of the United States, he said.

Although the Obama administration has not sought to continue the Iran-specific grants in its 2010 budget, it wants a $15 million boost for the Near Eastern Regional Democracy Initiative, which has similar aims but does not specify the nations involved. Some of that money will be targeted at Iran, said David Carle, a spokesman for the appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign affairs.

“Part of it is to expand access to information and communications through the Internet for Iranians,” Carle said in an e-mail.

President Obama said this week the United States “is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs,” rejecting charges of meddling that were renewed Thursday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Asked how the democracy promotion initiatives square with the president’s statement, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said, “Let’s be clear: The United States does not fund any movement, faction or political party in Iran. We support … universal principles of human rights, freedom of speech, and rule of law.”

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, “Respecting Iran’s sovereignty does not mean our silence on issues of fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the right to peacefully protest.”

The Bush program “was a horrible idea,” Parsi said. “It made human rights activists and non-governmental organizations targets.”

Not so, said David Denehy, the former Republican political consultant and State Department official who used to oversee the spending. “To say that we were the cause of repression in Iran is laughable … Our programs sent a message to the people of Iran that we supported their requests for personal freedom,” he said.

The State Department and USAID decline to name Iran-related grant recipients for security reasons.

After Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a major expansion of the program in 2006 — Congress eventually approved $66 million — the Iranian government arrested activists and closed down their organizations. Several Iranian dissidents, including former political prisoner Akbar Ganji, denounced the U.S. funding as counterproductive.

Some in Congress are happy the program is continuing.

“As the Iranian regime cracks down on its people, I strongly believe that we should be prepared to extend our hand in help and support to any Iranian civil society group that reaches out for it,” Sen. Joseph Lieberman, wrote in an e-mail to USA TODAY.

Most of the money likely hasn’t reached Iran but went instead to Washington-based groups, said Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert who reviewed applications for the democracy program before leaving the State Department for the Brookings Institution. The United States lacks the insight to influence Iran’s internal politics, she said.

“We have such limited penetration of Iranian politics,” she said. “We are so poorly positioned to add any value.”


zionist expertise on Middle Eastern affairs

No wonder the Palestinian Reconciliation Conference in Cairo ended in failure. Even the lure of billions of dollars in aid has not brought Fatah Sunnis in Judea and Samaria, i.e., the West Bank, any closer to Shiite supporters of Hamas in Gaza. These are two parallel lines that cannot meet, and this division will persist.

Mort Zuckerman in The Huffington Post, April 14, 2009

“Spreading Shi’ite thought”: 49 arrested in Egypt

Two pictures and 1 article. Enough said.

“Sunni” Mubarak with his master, the mass-murderer Olmert

Gaza children cooked by zionazis and their slave MubarakSUNNI Palestinian children in Gaza

مصر تتهم نصر الله رسميا بالتخطيط لعمليات عدائية بأراضيها

اتهمت مصر رسميا حسن نصر الله زعيم حزب الله اللبناني بالتخطيط لعمليات عدائية داخل أراضيها.ا

وقال النائب العام المصري المستشار عبد المجيد محمود في بيان رسمي إن نصر الله “كلف مسؤول وحدة عمليات دول الطوق بالحزب بالإعداد لتنفيذ عمليات عدائية بالأراضي المصرية”.ا

وكانت السلطات المصرية قد اعتقلت في شهر نوفمبر تشرين الثاني الماضي 49 شخصا بتهمة “نشر الفكر الشيعي في مصر”.ا

ولم تعلن السلطات المصرية عن هذه الاعتقالات رسميا إلا اليوم الأربعاء.ا

وشملت الاتهامات التي وجهتها النيابة العامة المصرية لزعيم حزب الله” تحريض الشعب والقوات المسلحة المصريين على الخروج على النظام العام”.ا

وأضاف البيان المصري أن” ضبط المتهمين حال دون تنفيذ ذلك المخطط”.ا

انتقادات لسلطات التحقيق

من ناحيته، قال المحامي المصري منتصر الزيات إن أجهزة أمن الدولة في مصر ظلت تحقق مع المتهمين منذ اعتقالهم دون السماح للمحامين بالاتصال بهم.ا

وأضاف الزيات في مقابلة مع بي بي سي “لست أفهم هذا الستار الكثيف من السرية الذي تفرضه سلطات التحقيق في القضية”.ا

وأكد الزيات أن من بين المعتقلين لبناني واحد،متهم بأنه زعيم التنظيم، وسبعة فلسطينيين. وأكد أن بقية المعتقلين مصريون.ا

وكشف المحامي المصري ان أسرة الشاب اللبناني وبعض الأسر الفلسطينية وكلته رسميا للدفاع عن المعتقلين.ا

غير أن الزيات انتقد بشدة سلطات التحقيق قائلا إنها” تمنعنا من حضور التحقيقات مع الموكلين رغم أننا أخطرناها رسميا بأننا نحمل توكيلات رسمية للدفاع عنهم”.ا

وأعلنت إذاعة إسرائيل أن من بين المعتقلين الفلسطينيين أشخاصا يحملون الجنسية الإسرائيلية.ا

ولم يصدر أى موقف رسمي عن حزب الله اللبناني بشأن هذه القضية.ا

ويذكر أن الزيات أعلن أن التوكيل القانوني الذي تلقاه للدفاع عن الشاب اللبناني سامي هاني شهاب موثق من كل السلطات المختصة في لبنان.ا

وفي تصريحات لبي بي سي قال حسن ،شقيق سامي، إن شقيقه اعتقل يوم التاسع عشر من شهر نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني الماضي في شقته المؤجرة بالقاهرة.ا

وقال إن رجال أمن الدولة في مصر صادروا جهاز الكمبيوتر وأقراص مدمجة كانت مع شقيقه.ا

وأضاف” لم نتمكن من الاتصال بشقيقي منذ اعتقل”.ا

ونفى حسن أن يكون شقيقه ضالعا في أية انشطة لنشر الفكر الشيعي في مصر. ووصفه بأن رجل بسيط متدين وليس رجل دين مهتم بنشر الفكر الشيعي.ا

وقال:” شقيقي لم يكن في القاهرة لممارسة أية أعمال ضد النظام أو تخالف القانون في مصر”.ا

“كذب وافتراء”

وكانت صحيفة “المصري اليوم” نقلت عن مصادر بأجهزة الأمن المصرية قولها إن النيابة المصرية وجهت للمعتقلين تهم الترويج للفكر الشيعي ومحاولة إنشاء مقرات لحزب الله في مصر وتجنيد شباب للإنضمام للحزب.ا

ووصف حسن هذه التهم بأنها” كذب وافتراء”. وأكد صلات شقيقه بما وصفها بالمقاومة في فلسطين.ا

وقال” إذا كانت التهمة هي دعم المقاومة الفلسطينية فهذا وسام شرف على صدر الأسرة”.ا

في الوقت نفسه، قال حسن إن شقيقه الثاني ووالدته طلبا تأشيرة لزيارة مصر لمحاولة مقابلة سامي. غير أن السفارة المصرية أبلغت الأسرة، كما قال حسن ، بأنه” ليست هناك موافقة أمنية على منح التأشيرة”.ا

كما لم يصدر أي بيان رسمي من وزارة الداخلية أو أي جهة مصرية بشأن الاعتقالات.ا

وكانت “المصري اليوم” قد نقلت عما وصفتها بمصادر أجهزة الأمن المصرية قولها إنها جمعت عقود شراء عدد من المنازل على الحدود المصرية مع مدينة رفح الفلسطينية لاستغلالها في تهريب السلاح إلى حركة حماس في غزة.ا

وعلمت بي بي سي إن من بين المقبوض عليهم شاب يدعى إيهاب السيد موسي ،34 عاما. وهو صاحب محل تجاري في مدينة نوبيع بسيناء.ا

وفي تصريحات لبي بي سي قال السيد موسي، والد إيهاب، إنه لم يتمكن من الاتصال بابنه سوى مرة واحدة.ا

وقال إنه بعد ساعات من اعتقاله في نويبع “اتصل بي هاتفيا وأبلغني أنه مقبوض عليه لسؤاله عن شخص آخر كان يعمل في متجره”.ا

ونفى الأب أن يكون لابنه أية صلة بالاتهامات الموجهة إليه.ا


(من أدعية الصحيفة السجادية – الإمام السجاد (زين العابدين

وكان من دعائه ( عليه السلام) في استكشاف الهموم

يَا فَارِجَ الْهَمِّ وَكَاشِفَ الغَمِّ، يَا رَحْمنَ الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ وَرَحِيمَهُمَا، صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِ

مُحَمَّد، وَافْرُجْ هَمِّيَ، وَاكْشِفْ غَمِّيَ، يَا وَاحِدُ يَا أَحَدُ، يَا صَمَدُ، يَامَنْ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ، وَلَمْ

يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ، اعْصِمْنِي وَطَهِّرْنِي، وَاْذهِبْ بِبَلِيَّتِي. [وَاقْرَأْ آيَةَ الْكُرسِيّ وَالْمُعَوِّذَتَيْنِ

وَقُلْ هُوَ اللهُ أَحَدٌ وَقُلْ:] أَللَّهُمَّ إنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ سُؤَالَ مَنِ اشْتَدَّتْ فَاقَتُهُ، وَضَعُفَتْ قُوَّتُهُ، وَكَثُرَتْ

ذُنُوبُهُ، سُؤَالَ مَنْ لاَ يَجِدُ لِفَاقَتِهِ مُغِيْثاً، وَلاَ لِضَعْفِهِ مُقَوِّياً، وَلاَ لِذَنْبِهِ غَافِراً غَيْرَكَ، يَا ذَا

الْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ. أَسْأَلُكَ عَمَلاً تُحِبُّ بِهِ مَنْ عَمِلَ بِهِ، وَيَقِيناً تَنْفَعُ بِهِ مَنِ اسْتَيْقَنَ بِهِ حَقَّ

الْيَقِينِ فِيْ نَفَاذِ أَمْرِكَ. أللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّد وَآلِ مُحَمَّد، وَاقْبِضَ عَلَى الصِّدْقِ نَفْسِي،

وَاقْطَعْ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا حَاجَتِي، وَاجْعَلْ فِيمَا عِنْدَكَ رَغْبَتِي، شَوْقاً إلَى لِقَائِكَ، وَهَبْ لِي صِدْقَ

التَّوَكُّلِ عَلَيْكَ . أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ كِتَاب قَدْ خَلاَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كِتَاب قَدْ خَلاَ أَسْأَلُكَ

خَوْفَ الْعَابِدِينَ لَكَ، وَعِبَادَةَ الْخَاشِعِينَ لَكَ، وَيَقِيْنَ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ عَلَيْكَ، وَتَوَكُّلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلَيْكَ.

أَللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ رَغْبَتِي فِي مَسْأَلَتِي مِثْلَ رَغْبَةِ أَوْلِيَآئِكَ فِي مَسَائِلِهِمْ، وَرَهْبَتِيْ مِثْلَ رَهْبَةِ

أَوْلِيَآئِكَ، وَاسْتَعْمِلْنِي فِي مَرْضَاتِكَ، عَمَلاً لاَ أَتْرُكُ مَعَهُ شَيْئاً مِنْ دِيْنِكَ مَخَافَةَ أَحْد مِنْ

خَلْقِكَ. أللَّهُمَّ هَذِهِ حَاجَتِي، فَأَعْظِمْ فِيهَا رَغْبَتِي، وَأَظْهِرْ فِيهَا عُذْرِي، وَلَقِّنِي فِيهَا حُجَّتِي

وَعَافِ فِيْهَا جَسَدِيْ. أللَّهُمَّ مَنْ أَصْبَحَ لَهُ ثِقَةٌ أَوْ رَجَآءٌ غَيْرُكَ، فَقَدْ أَصْبَحْتُ وَأَنْتَ ثِقَتِي

وَرَجَآئِي فِي الأُمُورِ كُلِّهَا، فَاقْضِ لِيْ بِخَيْرِهَا عَاقِبَةً، وَنَجِّنِيْ مِنْ مُضِلاَّتِ الْفِتَنِ، بِرَحْمَتِكَ

يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ. وَصَلَّى اللهُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّد رُسُولِ اللهِ المُصْطَفَى، وَعَلَى آلِهِ الطَّاهِرِينَ.ا

Morocco: we can’t stop the march of Islam (Shi’ism), so we blame the Shi’ites (and Iran)

Press TV reports :

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Iran’s Embassy in Rabat of trying to “alter the religious fundamentals of the kingdom” and threaten the religious unity of the Sunni Arab kingdom.

By “religious unity” they mean the predominance of Sunnism, and not actual unity between different (Religious) groups/sects. They are talking about the astronomical “conversion” rates from “Sunnism” to true (Shi’ite) Islam. They cannot stop it because they have lost the Religious debate before it even started. They never had an argument to begin with. And this is precisely why they refuse to accept being challenged to a debate. They know they will lose. They know they have lost. And because they know this, and because they know the only way to stop the march of truth is through crackdown and violence and terrorism and mass-murder, they engage in it. But, ironically, their actions only confirm their weakness and fabrications. Whatever they do, they only strengthen us, and bring more people to our side. Islam is winning. Us Shi’ites are the true Sunnis, because WE are the ones who are the PEOPLE OF THE SUNNAH.

The fact that so-called “Sunnis” are more worried about Shi’ism winning the hearts and minds of people than about ‘israeli’ mass-murder, the fact that they are busy killing Shi’ites instead of firing a single bullet at the zionists or american occupiers, shows how desperate they are, and shows that us Shi’ites, despite enduring centuries of oppression, persecution, and mass-murder at the hands of oppressors who claimed to be persecuting us in the name of Islam, have won. Blood has won over the oppressors’ sword.

Allahu akbar fawqa kaid al-mu`tadi!!!

Europeans: we reserve the right to wage war on Islam

Religious defamation should be erased from the [Durban 2] document; it’s the red line that shouldn’t be crossed, as this notion is not compatible with discussions on human rights,” one European diplomat told swissinfo confidentially.

Does it mean we can defame Jews? Call them supremacists, and their so-called “religion” nothing but a supremacist workbook?

Europe’s schizophrenia and intentions to wage a war on Islam are clear for all to see. Irony of ironies, the more they try to hide it and portray themselves as “civilized”, the more it shows.

Background on Swiss schizophrenia

Some religions are more welcome than others

If you’re a Sikh, Hindu or Buddhist in Switzerland and want to build a temple, no problem; if you’re a Muslim and want to put up a minaret, you’d better start praying.

For while some non-native religions have proved easy bedfellows for the Swiss, others – notably Islam – have found it more difficult to be accepted.

So much so in the case of Islam that Swiss Muslims currently face the prospect of seeing the construction of minarets put to a nationwide vote.

The rightwing campaign to ban minarets, launched with October’s parliamentary elections in mind, follows local opposition in a handful of Swiss-German towns.

One of these, Wangen in canton Solothurn, lies just a few kilometres from the Wat Thai centre, home of the Buddhist faith in Switzerland. Four years ago a new Buddhist temple costing SFr9 million ($7.35 million) opened on the site.

Even closer to Wangen, the commune of Trimbach last year approved plans for the construction of a Hindu temple for the local Tamil community.

A similar sense of schizophrenia exists in neighbouring canton Bern where plans to construct a minaret in Langenthal ran into trouble. The same commune is home to a sizeable Sikh temple, built in the traditional style.

While there were a few “obstacles” along the way, notes the temple’s website, there were no problems when it came to erecting the domes.

Islam a threat?

For Samuel-Martin Behloul, research assistant at the department for the study of religions at Lucerne University, this disparity is principally down to perception: Islam is seen as a threat.

“Islam is presented as the absolute opposite in religious and cultural terms to the fundamentals of Swiss and European society. There is a problem of perception post-9/11, and it is seen as a threat unlike other non-native religions,” he said.

The current state of play is a source of great sadness for Hisham Maizar, president of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland.

Maizar, who sits on the Swiss Council of Religions, has lived in Switzerland for 40 years and says discrimination towards Muslims has never been as strong.

“It makes me feel very sad. People are not being open-minded,” he said. “They are afraid of Islam and afraid of Muslims, but it is not we who are responsible for these terrible events in other parts of the world. We are not extremists.”

“Before 9/11 we were welcomed here and there was good interfaith dialogue. But afterwards the picture changed completely. We felt we had to justify that we were not terrorists.”


Alfred Donath, president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, says a big increase numbers, coupled with a failure to fully integrate, also goes against the country’s Muslims.

The 2000 census showed their numbers had more than doubled over the previous decade to 310,000. It is estimated that this figure now stands at around 340,000.

“There are so many more [Muslims] than in other non-Swiss religions. This is part of the reason why the Swiss have a certain fear of Muslims: that too many could change the demographic balance,” said Donath, who also sits on the Council of Religions.

This is not the case with other non-native religions, he says, because their numbers are so small. At the last census there were 18,000 Jews, 21,000 Buddhists and 28,000 Hindus.

Maizar, though, believes the numbers game is a red herring. He argues that Switzerland welcomed refugees from the Balkans and now has a duty to look after them. He dismisses as “utter nonsense” claims that Muslims have failed to integrate.

“More than 50 per cent of Muslims here are under 25. These are the second generation and they differ completely from their parents in that they are assimilated,” said Maizar.

“All they want is to be accepted as human beings and to be integrated as Swiss citizens. But what we are seeing at the moment can only serve to alienate them.”


Switzerland: Minarets as “claims to political dominance”

So after the so-called “conference” in Germany against the building of Mosques, which was really a meeting to formulate a genocidal agenda against Muslim citizens of European countries, another one is making the rounds, this time having to do with the desire to ban Minarets. Boy, are the zionified neo-nazi westerners obsessed with Islam and Muslims….!!! That this even gets “debated”, let alone voted on, is quite telling about the true nature of the western world, which claims it is “civilized”, “freedom-loving”, and “secular.” Civilized, freedom-loving, and secular only when there is no difference of opinion, no “challenge” to prevailing mindsets, no “competition” with the dominant Religion. Westerners’ understanding of “freedom” is as peculiar as that of Saddam Hussein’s, Stalin’s, Hitler’s, Mussolini’s, to name just a few dictators who have at one point or another claimed to represent the people’s interest, needs, and aspirations. Just imagine the House of Representatives in ANY European country debating a ban on Synagogues, claiming they are symbols of political dominance (which they are, aside from being symbols of [Jewish] racial supremacism), and urging intensification of the fight against “Judaization” of the “western world.” ADL, and zionazis would be screaming murder at the top of their lungs, if such a thing ever happened, which it never would. But I bet this has the blessing of most (zionist) Jews in Europe. After all, the neo-nazis and zionazis are the best of friends these days. Arguably, zionazis and nazis were the best of friends. They had a shared interest. 6 million less Jews served Hitler’s interests, and also those of the zionazis, who would create a Holocaust Industry out of it. And now, the zionazis are setting the stage for the persecution and (possible) genocide against Muslims in Europe, at the same time as they kill and maim Muslims all over the region, and take over our lands.

So now, under the cloak of such ridiculous arguments as “Muslim extremists could use Mosques (Minarets????) for ‘criminal activities'” (I guess next in line will be a proposal to ban Muslims from buying or renting apartments or houses, or opening up shops or buying clothes or food or chocolate, because they could be used for “criminal activities” too), they (zionists and their best friends the european neo-nazis) pursue their plans of ethnically cleansing Europe and parts of the Middle East of Muslims.

The Swiss House of Representatives debates and votes on Minaret ban proposal

The House of Representatives has come out against a proposal by rightwing political parties to ban minarets, Urs Geiser writes for swissinfo.

A majority also rejected calls by the centre-left to declare the people’s initiative invalid. The other parliamentary chamber, the Senate, still has to discuss the issue.

The initiative, launched by the rightwing Swiss People’s Party and a small ultra-conservative Christian party, was handed in with 113,540 valid votes last year. It will be put to a nationwide vote at a later date.

Muslim organizations have expressed their concern about the initiative, which has been rejected by the cabinet.

More than 50 parliamentarians took part in Wednesday’s debate which lasted for nearly six-hours. In the end, the House voted 129 against 50 to rebuff the initiative.

An overwhelming majority said the proposal violated human rights and international law and jeopardised the peaceful coexistence of religions.

“The initiative takes aim at the Muslim community,” warned Bea Heim of the centre-left Social Democratic Party. Other speakers described the plan as irresponsible, “an insult for Muslims,” scaremongering or “a campaign to instigate hatred.”

“I’m not willing to provide fuel for arsonists,” said Ueli Leuenberger of the Green Party, when he took the podium to explain his position.

Social Democrat Andreas Gross criticized the government for failing to nullify the initiative at an early stage. He called on parliament to “act bravely and to put respect for religious freedom over political opportunism.”

But his appeal was barely heeded by members outside the centre-left.


For their part, People’s Party parliamentarians argued the initiative was the right answer to counter an alleged “Islamization” of the western world. Minarets were described as claims to political dominance rather than religious symbols.

“It’s time to counter the pretension to power,” said Jasmin Hutter, who also slammed Islam as intolerant and repressive toward women.

“Minarets, muezzins [people at the mosque who lead the call to prayer] and Sharia law have to be seen in the same context,” added Walter Wobmann.

Numerous right-wing parliamentarians slammed Islamic values as incompatible with the Christian ideals and Switzerland’s democratic principles.

They also warned that Muslim extremists would use mosques for criminal activities.

During a heated debate Ulrich Schlüer accused opponents of trying to ignore the concerns of all those citizens who signed the people’s initiative.


Representatives of the centre-right Christian Democratic Party called for more dialogue between the religions.

“I dread the forthcoming campaign by the People’s Party,” said Kathy Riklin.

Jacques Neirynck was among several speakers who expressed their feelings of disgust and shame over demands for a minaret ban and Wednesday’s parliamentary debate.

“The initiative is dangerous, populist and damages Switzerland’s reputation. I wish it was not on the table,” he said.

But several speakers also pointed out that the initiative had to be taken seriously because it reflected serious concerns of citizens.

It was launched in the wake of debates at a local level in parts of German-speaking Switzerland over the planned construction of minarets. At present only four mosques in the county have such spires.


Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf repeated the government’s rejection of the initiative.

“Switzerland would be in violation of international obligations and its credibility would be seriously dented,” she told the House.

However, she said the initiative did not violate international law.

Widmer-Schlumpf added that a minaret ban would endanger the peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims.

“Minarets are religious symbols. A ban is an infringement of religious freedom,” she said.

She said the debate had shown that some supporters of a minaret ban were prepared to use unfair and dishonest arguments.

The initiative seeks a ban on minarets, according to supporters of the initiative, but it appeared that many speakers raised general objections against Islam, Widmer-Schlumpf said.


Racism bad, except when targets are Muslims

Former judge wants to bar Muslims from scholarships

A retired judge wants two Ontario universities to bar Muslim students from being awarded scholarships he has established, though the spokesperson for one institution says her school won’t support a proposal that “flies in the face of everything we stand for.”

Paul Staniszewski said he objects to the “medieval violence” used by the Taliban — such as when Taliban militants recently kidnapped and beheaded Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak — and he wishes to “disqualify” Muslim students from receiving financial aid he has paid for.

“I’m reacting to what’s going on to people who aren’t even soldiers, who are having their heads beheaded and this stuff is shown on the TVs and everything else,” Staniszewski told CTV.ca in a phone interview from his Tecumseh, Ont., home, just outside of Windsor.

“I am doing the same thing these people are doing, except I’m not cutting off heads, I’m cutting off applications for help in their studies,” he added later in the interview.

Staniszewski, who is in his 80s, has established scholarships at both the University of Windsor and York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

The University of Windsor website lists three $1,000 scholarships under the name of the judge and his wife, and the York University website lists an award that is also named after the couple.

According to the description of The Honourable Paul I.B. and Mrs. Tevis Staniszewski Award, the retired judge graduated Osgoode in 1954 and practiced law for 13 years until he was appointed as a federal judge in 1967.

Staniszewski said he has attempted to contact both schools about his idea, though he told CTV.ca that he has only made contact with York University so far.

“They told me to put that in writing and they’ll take it up with the board,” he said.

York University spokesperson Alex Bilyk said he had no comment on the issue.

University of Windsor spokesperson Lori Lewis said the school could never support such a measure, though she said it was her understanding the administration had not been contacted about the matter.

“It goes without saying that our position is that we don’t discriminate against our students and that is not an acceptable restriction,” Lewis told CTV.ca.

“It’s against the law and it flies in the face of everything that we stand for at this university,” she added.