Swiss leader calls for Jewish cemetery ban

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Swiss leader calls for Jewish cemetery ban

December 3, 2009

BERLIN (JTA) — A mainstream Swiss political leader is calling for a ban on separate Muslim and Jewish cemeteries.

Christophe Darbellay, president of the Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland, made the statement in a television interview Tuesday, two days after an initiative to ban minarets was passed by Swiss voters.

The anti-minaret initiative came from the opposing party, the ultra-conservative Swiss People’s Party and other right-wing political organizations. Critics say Darbellay is starting a
“crusade,” to attract voters by proposing similarly xenophobic measures.

Mainstream politicians and religious leaders across Europe have reacted with dismay to the anti-minaret vote.

According to the Swiss online daily Tagesanzeiger, Darbellay also wants to ban the wearing of burkas, head-to-toe veils worn by some fundamentalist Muslim women.

Reportedly, Darbellay said existing cemeteries would not be affected by a ban. But there should be no separate cemeteries in the future, he said.

The conservative party called for crackdowns on expressions of Muslim fundamentalism in 2006. The demand for separate cemeteries is an escalation, observers noted.

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