• The number of active hate groups in the US has grown from 474 in 1997 to 762 in 2004, according to the SPLC, and in the past four years the number of hate websites has risen from 366 to 468.National acrimony and a rise in hate crimes
• The FBI reports more than 9,000 hate-crime victims in 2003 (the most recent reporting year). When an estimate of unreported crimes is added in, according to the SPLC, the total may be closer to 50,000 a year.
• The Council on American-Islamic Relations reports that civil rights abuses against Muslims rose 49 percent last year (to 1,522 incidents), and bias crimes committed against Muslims went up 52 percent. One example: Over the weekend, someone threw a rock through the glass door of a mosque at The Islamic School of Miami. Earlier in the year, a swastika and an obscenity were spray-painted on the school sign.
• Meanwhile, white-supremacist groups, experiencing the recent demise and disaffection of national leaders, are splintering, creating smaller and potentially more dangerous cells. Experts wonder whether this "leaderless resistance" (as radical right-wing theoreticians call for) will peter out or instead breed more "lone wolf" domestic terrorists - more Timothy McVeighs and Eric Rudolphs.
"I prefer to go to jail than to live with restrictions and without rights for women," Jamsheer said after the 15-minute hearing. "They want me to shut my mouth but they will never make me."Bahrain Women's Activist Pleads Not Guilty
Two reporters and the directors of the Le Monde newspaper were found guilty of racist defamation for an article about Israel.French journalists defame Israel
The Versailles court of appeals ruled on an article that ran June 4, 2002, called “Israel-Palestine: The Cancer." The court ordered the directors, Edgar Morin and Jean-Marie Colombani, as well as the two authors, to pay a symbolic one Euro in damages to a human-rights alliance and to Lawyers Without Borders, and ordered Le Monde to publish a condemnation of the article.
Two particular passages were cited for their racist character. The first reads, “One has trouble imagining that a nation of refugees, descendants of the people who have suffered the longest period of persecution in the history of humanity, who have suffered the worst possible scorn and humiliation, would be capable of transforming themselves, in two generations, into a dominating people, sure of themselves, and, with the exception of an admirable minority, into a scornful people finding satisfaction in humiliating others."
The second incriminating citation reads, “The Jews, once subject to an unmerciful rule, now impose their unmerciful rule on the Palestinians."
WASHINGTON, DC — The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) commends U. S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for moving forward with the mandates of the Koby Mandell Act and the opening of the new office of the Justice Department which will focus on the capture of Palestinian Arabs and other foreign nationals who have harmed or murdered U.S. citizens. (The Act was named after a 13-year old American from Maryland who was brutally murdered by Palestinian Arabs several years ago. He is one of 52 Americans murdered by Palestinian Arabs since the Oslo process began in 1993.) The establishment of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism was recently announced by Gonzales. The office, made possible by the ZOA-initiated Koby Mandell Act passed in 2004, was created to ensure that the investigation and prosecution of Palestinian-Arab terrorist attacks against American citizens abroad is given greater priority by the Department of Justice.Sweet. What this means: "Rewards for Justice" campaigns that offer bounties for the capture or of international terrorists will now include Palestinian terrorists who've killed Americans (previously curiously omitted). The rewards will now be advertised in Palestinian Authority areas just as they are everywhere else on the globe.
The new office will be established under the auspices of John C. Richter, the acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. Richter is to appoint a senior official to serve as Director. The FBI, along with the Criminal Division’s Counter-Terrorism Section, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Enforcement Operations, will provide liaisons to the new office. According to a release by the Department of Justice, the office will be responsible for, “monitoring the investigation and prosecution of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad; working with the Criminal Division’s Victim-Witness Coordinator, the FBI, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and other departmental components to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are honored and respected; establishing a Joint Task Force with the Department of State; compiling pertinent data and statistics, responding to Congressional and citizen inquiries on the Department’s response to terrorist attacks on Americans overseas; and filing any necessary reports with Congress." Said Attorney General Gonzales, “This new office guarantees a voice for victims and their families in the investigation and prosecution of terrorists who prey on Americans overseas. Our commitment to these victims is as strong as our dedication to bringing their terrorist attackers to justice."
ZOA President Morton A. Klein said, “We wish to express our strong appreciation to Attorney General Gonzales for moving this process forward, and taking a critical anti-terrorism step to capture all foreign nationals, including Palestinian Arabs, who have murdered or harmed Americans overseas.
The ZOA would also like to thank Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sam Brownback (R-KS), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) who introduced the bill in the Senate, and House Members Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Jim Saxton (R.-NJ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Henry Waxman (D-CA), Edward Schrock (R-VA), Mark Souder (R-IN), and Joe Wilson (R-SC), who introduced the bill in the House. Their strong support of this effort is deeply appreciated.
“We hope this office can begin to rectify the disappointing lack of U.S. pursuit of Palestinian Arab killers compared to the pursuit of non-Palestinian Arab killers of American citizens."
The opening of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism marks the culmination of a ZOA legislative effort that began in 2001.
ZOA 6-1-05: "Koby Mandell" Office Of Justice For Victims Of Overseas Terrorism Opens After Three-Year ZOA Initiated Campaign