“The U.S. State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton claims that Israel violates religious freedom in the same way as Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and China.”
More outrageous, judeophobic lies from the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton has no shame. What a tool -- the upside is that she continues to shill for an anti-American, anti-semitic president, thereby destroying her chances for any future run on the White House.
We will not forget, Hillary.
Israel is the only country in the godforsaken region that allows all religions to live and pray in their country, whereas Muslim rule is notoriously oppressive and brutal towards their non-Muslim minorities, as commanded by the Islamic law (sharia.)
Close to a million Jews in Muslim countries were previously expelled. Where is Obama's "right of return for the Jews"? Where is the outcry over the unspeakable brutality experienced by Coptic Christian in Egypt; other Christians in Indonesia and Sudan; Hindus in Southeast Asia; Zoroastrians and Bahais in Iran; and on and on and on.
And the idea that the Obama administration is criticizing Jewish law on the issue of conversion while it stands silent on the crimes against humanity enshrined in the sharia is without equal. Gender apartheid, clitorectomies, honor killings, slavery, extortion, dhimmitude, jiyza, is met with respect.
I have heard nary a word from Obama on the Islamic mandate of convert or die or live in dhimmitude. But he dares to presume to tell the Jewish people who is or isn't a Jew?
"We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstanding, and we will seek common ground. We will be respectful even when we do not agree"
US State Dept: Israel Violates Non-Jews' Religious Rights
(Israelnationalnews.com) The U.S. State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton claims that Israel violates religious freedom in the same way as Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and China.
The department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report, released Wednesday for the year 2009, placed Israel in the same category as countries “where violators of religious freedom have been noteworthy.”
The report complained, for instance, that three Messianic Jews were denied the right to immigrate to Israel during the reporting period.
Other issues of contention included Israel’s unwillingness to recognize conversions performed in the country which do not meet criteria under Torah law, identification cards (Teudot Zehut) that differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, and the authority over marriages and burials exercised by the Chief Rabbinate, which is Orthodox.
In addition, the report claimed that Israel extends protection only to Jewish holy sites, rather than to all holy sites as is mandated under the law.
“The 1967 Protection of Holy Sites Law applies to holy sites of all religious groups within the country and in all of Jerusalem, but the Government implements regulations only for Jewish sites,” complained the report. “Non-Jewish holy sites do not enjoy legal protection under it because the Government does not recognize them as official holy sites."
In fact, this last is an outright lie. Government security forces often prevent Jews from even approaching the Temple Mount, and numerous Jews have been arrested -- including a young bride and her father at one point -- for infractions as spurious as simply "moving their lips" on the site, because the area has been designated an official holy site for Muslims, where the Al-Aqsa mosque is located.
All Islamic sites are controlled by the Waqf, also known as the Islamic Religious Authority – due to the preference of the imams themselves, and under a special arrangement. Much damage has been caused and thousands of priceless artifacts from the First and Second Temple eras have been destroyed due to damage caused by construction near the Dome of the Rock mosque – which rests on the Temple Mount, where the Jewish Holy of Holies is located -- authorized by the Waqf.
Likewise the churches, which each fall under the authority of their own religious groups. For example, the Vatican controls its own churches, convents and monasteries, and even other properties. Israel has been involved in delicate talks with the Vatican over the issue of sovereignty of some 21 disputed properties in the Land of Israel for more than 11 years – and in fact, the Holy See has not even paid taxes on most of the properties.
UPDATE: This (but Israel denies religious rights)