DC Hotel: No Muslims Allowed, When the Israelis Are Around

DC Hotel: No Muslims Allowed, When the Israelis Are Around

Employees at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel are used to high profile VIPS, and regularly handle CEOs and foreign leaders. But when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak rolled into town last weekend, suddenly the hotel’s Muslim employees were explicitly barred from doing their jobs.

 

Israel: The Democratic Haven of the Middle East?

Israel: The Democratic Haven of the Middle East?

Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.