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Veil Row Assistant Loses Appeal

March 30, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/6511393.stm

A Muslim classroom assistant sacked for refusing to remove her veil in lessons has lost an appeal against a ruling that she was not discriminated against.

Aishah Azmi, 24, was asked to remove the veil after Headfield Church of England School in Dewsbury, West Yorks, said pupils could not understand her.

Mrs Azmi refused and was sacked after an employment tribunal...

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Malaysian Woman's Bid to Stop Her Son's Conversion to Islam Receives Temporary Boost

March 30, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/30/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Converting-Children.php

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A Malaysian court on Friday temporarily forbade an ethnic Indian Muslim from converting his 1-year-old son to Islam, giving some respite to the man's Hindu wife who is trying to block him from changing their son's religion, media reports said....

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South Asian Community Groups and Advocates Convene in Washington D.C. to Discuss Emerging Issues and Address National Policymakers

March 30, 2007

Source: SAALT

More than 150 individuals working with underserved South Asian community members gathered in Washington D.C. between March 16th and 18th for a national convening of South Asian community-based organizations, advocates and community members cosponsored by South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT) and the South Asian Law Students Association at American University, Washington College of Law.

Representatives of nearly 40 organizations providing a range of services, as well as individual advocates from Atlanta, New York, New Jersey,...

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Gods for Every Occasion

March 30, 2007

Author: Wieland Wagner

Source: SPIEGEL ONLINE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,474092,00.html

Until the end of World War II, Shinto was the state religion in Japan. Even today, pilgrims still throng to the 80,000 shrines, praying for the fulfillment of their personal dreams. The religion, which has no sacred texts, also venerates trees, mountains and rocks.

In the beginning was the rainbow. According to the Shinto creation...

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Parade Brings Persian New Year Celebration to New York

March 30, 2007

Author: Carrie Loewenthal

Source: Pavyand

http://www.payvand.com/news/07/mar/1361.html

New York -- A vibrant and spirited crowd celebrated Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, at the fourth annual Persian Parade in New York City as men and women in colorful clothing danced to traditional music and cheerfully promenaded down Madison Avenue.

On March 25, Persians and non-Persians, New Yorkers and tourists, lined 15 city blocks to watch California ballet...

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Ellison Traveling to Israel as Part of Congressional Trip

March 30, 2007

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-648239~Ellison_traveling_to_Israel_as_part_of_congressional_trip.html

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, arrived in Israel Friday as part of what his office called a "goodwill mission" to the Middle East.

The nine-day congressional...

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Muslim and Jewish Students Bridge Two Faiths

March 30, 2007

Source: Beliefnet/Albuquerque Journal

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/214/story_21471_1.html

Samera Issa is Muslim. Sivan Gordon-Buxbaum is Jewish.

On Thursday, the two girls learned that despite belonging to different religions, they have a lot more in common than being fourth-grade Albuquerque students.

"We eat the same diet: kosher foods," Sivan, 9, said. "Muslim students also use cursive and print like Jewish students. Our language and writing in...

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Government Outlines Action to 'Stamp Out' Anti-Semitism

March 29, 2007

Author: Phil Woolas

Source: 24dash.com

http://www.24dash.com/centralgovernment/18597.htm

Race and Faith Minister Phil Woolas today pledged to step up action to eradicate antisemitism in a report strongly condemning the increase in incidents in the UK.

Today's response forms part of a comprehensive cross-government strategy to tackle faith and race hate crime.

The response to the all-party enquiry into antisemitism outlines new work...

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