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2002-SEP-5: Israel: There has been a lull in Palestinian suicide attacks in Israel during the past month. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said that he sees hope for a peace agreement with the Palestinians. He told Israel TV's Channel Two that: "Now for the first time I see a possibility of opening the road to a political settlement." The European Union has proposed a new peace plan which is a combination of previous plans. Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller has been visiting the Middle East, attempting to sell the proposal to all interested parties. He has the backing of the European Union, and agreement from the leading Arab nations in the area. Chairman Arafat of the PLO has accepted the plan in principle. However, Prime Minister Sharon has expressed reservations. He is reported as feeling that its timetable for establishing a Palestinian state by 2005 is "not realistic." In the past, Sharon has suggested that he would accept statehood for Palestine if a long period of absolute peace without any violent incidences has been sustained. 10


2002-SEP-9: School for witches opens in Austria:  A six-semester course is now available in Klagenfurt, in southern Austria. School director Andreas Starchel, (a.k.a. Dakaneth) said: "Wizardry is very close to nature and is in no way a form of religion." Students will attend classes in astrology, magic, history of magic, meditation and divination. Later, they will practice preparing potions, making talismans and performing rituals. A spokesperson for the school said: "In the past, witches and wizards were people recognized by society, who used their divining powers and learning to mediate between the visible and invisible worlds. Etymologically, 'witch' means someone who is on the border between our world and the beyond. [The courses will] restore contact with nature, which has been lost by our society." Ananova reports "...Celtic and druidic learning and nature studies play a large part in Starchel's teachings. Stories of the legendary Lord Voldemort and classes in Defense Against the Dark Arts featured in JK Rowling's Harry Potter books do not." 11


2002-SEP-8: KY: Woman peacefully disrupts a KKK rally: The KKK is probably the most famous hate group in the U.S., expressing hatred against non-Christians, non-whites, and sexual minorities. At a rally in Bowling Green in 2002-AUG, Laquetta Shepard, a black woman, silently stepped away from an area reserved for KKK protesters, into a cordoned-off area where a small group of KKK supporters were holding a meeting. She stool tall with tears in her eyes, as the KKK members appear to have knelt in prayer. The KKK meeting adjourned 40 minutes early.

She called it: ''Just a small act turned really big." In spite of being called a "monkey" by the KKK members, she stood her ground. She has been deluged with Emails, letters and phone calls from hundreds of people. Kelvin Datcher, outreach coordinator for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL said: ''When I saw the photo and read the story, it was a really powerful moment. 'We track hate groups all across the country. Our normal course is to recommend that people not attend these events. What happened there is a great testament to one lady's internal strength.'' 12

bullet 2002-SEP-22: Israel: Palestinian girl received a kidney from a Jewish bombing victim: Yasmin Abu Ramila, 7, a Palestinian girl from East Jerusalem, received a critically important kidney transplant from Jonathan Jesner, 19, a Jewish seminary student from Scotland. Jesner was one of six Israelis who died after a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in Tel Aviv. Ari Jensers, the victim's brother, said: "The family is very proud that (Jonathan) was able to give life to others. [The most important principle] is that life was given to another human being. I think its unimportant what religion, what nationality....We are glad their daughter was able to be saved," he said. "Life here is a bit of a lottery." Abu Ramila's mother, Rina, is quoted as having said: "I don't know what to say to thank the family of the man killed in the attack. I grieve for their loss and thank them for their donation." 13
bullet 2002-SEP-25: OH: Families in Kent OH stand up for mosque: On Sept. 15, someone shot at the Islamic Community Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. It left behind bullet holes in the prayer hall. On SEP-24, someone threw a log through a glass door of the Kent mosque. David Odell-Scott, an associate professor of philosophy and coordinator of religion studies at Kent State University, his family, and about nine other families went door-to-door gathering words of support and raising financial support for the mosque. Odell-Scott said: "The mosque has been a good neighbor. We just wanted them to know that we care, and they have our support. And, as parents, we are looking at how we can educate our kids to be good citizens." Ihsan Haque, president of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent said: "I am impressed and really thankful. The true American spirit is in place." 14

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  1. DayWatch is a daily service of Maranatha Christian Journal. It provides "a daily summary of news headlines with a Christian perspective..." The newsletter is free on request. Their web site is at: 
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  6. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See: 
  7. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to to subscribe.
  8. EWTN is a news service of the Roman Catholic Church. It posts news items from Newsline, Newslink, and The World Over on its Internet site at:
  9. Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) is an information organization located in Philadelphia. It has monitored discrimination against Wiccans throughout North America for three decades. Their web page is at:
  10. Mark Lavie, "Israel thwarts 'mega attack'; Peres says discovery of 1,300-pound car bomb 'miracle'," Associated Press, at:
  11. "Europe's first school for witches and wizards opens in Austria," Ananova, at:
  12. Deborah Highland, "Woman's stand against hatred inspires many
    'Small act turned big' ended Klan rally early"
  13. "Palestinian girl receives Jewish bomb victim's kidney,", 2002-SEP-22, at:
  14. Andrea Misko, "Kent stands up for mosque," Akron Beacon Journal, 2002-SEP-25, at:

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Copyright 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-SEP-1
Latest update: 2002-SEP-26
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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