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  12/4/2009, Kislev 17, 5770

Next in Switzerland: No New Jewish, Muslim Cemeteries?


Christophe Darbellay, president of the mainstream Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland, called this week for a ban on new separate Muslim and Jewish cemeteries, according to a report Thursday by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Critics say Darbellay is starting a "crusade" to attract voters by proposing xenophobic measures, following the ban on minarets approved earlier in the week.

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.