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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.

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.


2002: Muslims in Gujarat were ‘stripped, burned and hacked’; Islamophobic world ignored this too

Gujarat victims were ‘stripped, burned and hacked’

Two months after the event that triggered Gujarat’s pogrom, Muslims in the western Indian state are still counting the cost. Yesterday, 40 survivors came to Delhi to tell journalists and parliamentarians how their relatives and friends had been stripped, raped, burned and mutilated.

A boy of 11, Raja Bundubhai, recalled seeing his mother and sister stabbed then burned alive. A woman identified as Reshma recounted how she saw a heavily pregnant woman called Kausar Bano “being brutally raped … Her stomach was carved open, her baby flung into the fire before she was sexually abused, cut up and burnt.”

On 27 February, a mob of Muslims in the town of Godhra attacked a train carriage full of Hindu activists returning from the temple town of Ayodhya, killing 59. Hindu retaliation in the days that followed left hundreds of Muslims dead in pogroms that shamed India and appalled the world.

And although the scale of violence has slackened, peace has yet to return to the state, famed as the home of Mahatma Gandhi and as an economic powerhouse before it became a byword for savagery.

At least 35 people have been killed in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital, in the past week. “They [Hindus] provoke us by yelling insults and bursting crackers during the night,” said Iqbal Kansara, who lives in Juhapura, a large Muslim area. “Youngsters who can’t stand the insults come out to retaliate and police fire at them.”

The state government says some 850 people have died in the violence, but a secret report by British diplomats leaked this week to the BBC says at least 2,000 died. The report claims that far from being a spontaneous eruption of Hindu anger after the Godhra outrage, the violence was pre-planned and carried out with the support of the state government.

The British officials said the violence had all the marks of ethnic cleansing, and that reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims was impossible while the controversial chief minister, Narendra Modi, was in place. Mr Modi heads the Hindu nationalist BJP government, and Gujarat is now the only sizeable state where the party that leads the ruling coalition in Delhi is in power. For this reason the central government is accused by the opposition of doing nothing to bring about normality. A censure motion on the government’s performance on Gujarat will be debated next week.

Delhi claims Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, has apologised for the leaking of the report, but there have been many European rebukes. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said some governments were interfering and could damage relations. The “interference”, however, is unlikely to end as long as the government ignores the worst communal bloodletting in 10 years.

Tens of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat remain crammed into squalid camps, too scared to return to their homes. Some commentators believe cold political calculation by the BJP is to blame. The Indian Express said: “Because of the severe beating that the Muslims have taken … no Hindu is safe unless governments … partial to us are put in place.”