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Zionist Organization of America Wants Investigation of LA Human Relations Committee Regarding Award for Muslim Leader

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,4470623.story

On September 13, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, “The Zionist Organization of America asked for an investigation Tuesday into allegations that the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission violated state open meeting laws when it selected a local Muslim leader for its annual humanitarian award.

Stephen Saltzman, executive director of the Zionist organization’s Southern California office, said the commission failed to post in advance proper details of two July meetings at which the issue was discussed, as required by the state open meeting law known as the Brown Act. As a result, he argued, the decision to grant the award to Maher Hathout, chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California, was ‘null and void.’

The organization asked for the investigation in a letter Tuesday to Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Antonovich.

‘The Brown Act gave the public the right to know and to participate in the decision-making process,’ Saltzman said. ‘We intend to pursue this until we’re satisfied.’

Similar complaints were made by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel organization, and others to the supervisors at their meeting Tuesday.

County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office is reviewing the allegations, according to a board source.

Commission President Adrian Dove said there was ‘no substance’ to the allegations. He and another commissioner, the Rev. Zedar E. Broadous, said proper notifications had been issued before both meetings.

The selection of Hathout as the first Muslim to win the award has sparked intense controversy over whether his criticism of Israel, statements supportive of Hezbollah, and other political views should disqualify him for the award. The commission is set to vote Monday on whether to reaffirm or rescind the award.

But Saltzman and others said the commission’s July 10 meeting notice failed to include any agenda item notifying the public that nominations for the award would be taken, discussed and voted on.”

Zogby Poll: Muslims and Jews in Israel Share Values

Source: Zogby International

On April 7, 2004 Zogby International reported, “A new global religion study by the University of Rochester and Zogby International of 11 different religious groups shows that people around the world hold many similar values, and are very similar in steps they would take to achieve their personal goals. In Israel, Jews and Muslims consider being well educated (91%) of highest importance, followed by achieving economic security (89%), and spending time with family (87%).  The least important personal goal of both religious groups was being active in politics, and they are divided overall on whether being actively religious is important or not. University of Rochester’s Dean William Scott Green noted: ‘This study revealed a large number of interesting facts and trends, and we are still sorting them all out. Among Jews and Muslims in Israel, there are few differences in their values, and certainly nothing to suggest any basic incompatibility between the religious groups.’ When separated by religious belief, Israeli Muslims and Jews share their belief in the importance of most personal goals, yet differ on a few.  Being well educated is the primary goal of Muslims, and the second most important of Jews, who rank the achievement of economic security as most important.  Economic security ranks a close 4th among Muslims.”

Zoning Change Rejected for Muslim Cemetery in TX

Source: The Fayette County Review

On November 12, 2004 The Fayette County Review reported, “the Fayette County Development Committee has recommended the County Commission not approve a re-zoning request by the North American Islamic Trust to allow a cemetery to be established in a residential district on Orr Road. The vote was held Monday night in front of a packed courtroom consisting mostly of Hickory Withe area residents against the re-zoning… The application for the re-zoning was submitted by L & S Partnership who reported they were in negotiations to sell the property to the North Islamic Trust.”

Zoning Panel’s Rejection of Proposed Mosque Raises Questions

Author: Jim DeBrosse

Source: Dayton Daily News

SUGARCREEK TWP., Greene County — When the First Baptist Church here advertised a speaker last fall who would tell “the truth about Islam,” Dina Ezzeddine of Kettering assumed it would be an interfaith gathering aimed at dispelling negative publicity about her religion.

Instead, former Muslim and Christian convert Shahram Parvani told a gathering of 500 people that “Islam is not a religion of peace,” that Muslims “want to control, they want to dominate” and that they spread their religion “by the power of the sword.”

Zuma Inaugurated As South African President After Sanskrit Chants

Author: Fakir Hassen

Source: The Gaea News

A Hindu prayer started off the inauguration of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings here Saturday.

As Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari joined heads of state of 28 other countries, South African Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin Trikamjee recited a few lines in Sanskrit before translating them into English and making a plea for divine guidance to assist Zuma in resolving a range of challenges facing the country under his leadership.

The Hindu prayer was followed by similar ones from representatives of the Muslim, Christian and African Traditional Religion (ATR) faiths before Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe bestowed the country’s greatest civil honours, the Order of Mapungubwe, on Zuma.