1. Today’s crop of videos of the coup in France, masquerading as social justice.
Weaponized trash cans:
2. Religious Muslims in Bangladesh protest the well-known statue of the Greek goddess of Justice in front of the court building
DHAKA (AFP) - Hundreds of supporters of a hardline Bangladesh Islamist group staged protests on Friday (Feb 24), calling for the statue of a Greek goddess installed at the Supreme Court to be destroyed or removed.
The sculpture of Themis, the blindfolded deity of justice and order, has ruffled feathers in the Muslim-majority nation since it was unveiled late last year on the premises of the country's top court.
Protestors are demanding that the statue be demolished and replaced with a Koran.
3. Mississauga mayor says criticism of Islam IS allowed and must not be legislated away
Thank you for coming forward today. I’m not aware of the book. This is Canada. We have one set of laws. There is no Sharia Law [Islamic Law]… The beauty of Canada is that we are free to openly criticize anyone and anytime. We have one set of laws and there is no Sharia Law in Canada and there will not be Sharia Law in Canada. And I’m very very sorry to hear that.
4. ISIS fighter boasted of killing Syrian soldiers by injecting them with DIESEL oil
The 23-year-old extremist denied ever being part of the jihadi organisation but was found guilty of joining a terrorist militia during a trial held in private in Salzburg. […] The man, a Syrian asylum seeker, said several times that he had killed pro-government soldiers in Syria by injecting them with diesel.
5. Swiss mosque tries to press charges against two members who reported the mosque for incitement to murder — after other members of the mosque beat them up
The association that runs the An’Nour mosque in Winterthur has lodged a complaint with police against two members of the congregation thought to have reported their imam for inciting murder – a day after ten people were arrested for allegedly beating up the duo in revenge.
On Tuesday morning police in the canton of Zurich arrested ten suspects in a raid on a dozen houses in Winterthur.
One was later released, but eight adults and one juvenile remain in custody, accused of having beaten up and threatened two individuals at the mosque last November.
The pair are thought to have tipped off a journalist about a controversial sermon given by the mosque’s imam in which he called for the congregation to kill Muslims who do not participate in common prayer.
The reporting of the sermon in early November led to the arrest of the imam, who is now facing criminal proceedings for inciting crime and violence.
6. Christians flee Egypt's Sinai after militant killings
Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community.
The militants stormed the home of Kamel Youssef, a plumber, on Thursday and shot him to death in front of his wife and children in the town of el-Arish, said two security officials and the priest.
[…] No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Egypt's Islamic State group affiliate, which is based in the Sinai Peninsula and which in December carried out a devastating suicide bombing against a Cairo church, vowed in a video earlier this week to step up attacks against the embattled Coptic Christian minority. It described them as "infidels" empowering the West against Muslims.
7. The UAE, despite a fatwa banning travel to Mars by Muslims, plans to work around it by orbiting a space probe around the red planet
Last year, religious leaders in the UAE issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from landing on Mars.
However, the robotic spaceship will not actually touch down on the Martian surface.
It will blast off aboard a Japanese rocket and then go into orbit around the planet.
“We are delighted to launch the UAE’s Mars explorer by the Japanese launch vehicle H-IIA from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan in 2020,” said Yuichi Yamaura, vice president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
“We are confident that we will accomplish our responsibility, together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.”
8. Dutch PM Mark Rutte causes outrage branding Muslim call to prayer “horrific” “whiny music”
(As Geert Wilders is likely to sweep this election because of a sane, rational analysis of Islam and its value and consequence to the West, the current PM appears to be trying a desperate play to win votes using a vulgar version of valid criticisms.)
Mr Rutte - who faces voters next month in the Netherlands' parliamentary elections - was being interviewed for Holland's Christian radio station, Evangelical Broadcast Service.
He was asked about an earlier statement, when he had called the Muslim call to prayer song "whiny music".
The song - played from mosque minarets - has become commonplace across the Netherlands.
But when Rutte was asked to confirm what he had said, he told show host Tijs van den Brink: "Yes, I find it horrific." Mr Rutte went on to warn Muslim leaders that although they have religious freedom, they should not upset non-believers.
9. Jihadis took pregnant wife hostage in post office robbery to fund terror attack in FRANCE
Ibrayima Sylla, 37, and Pierre Roubertie, 26, stormed the Paris home of Jacques Penhouet, a post office teller, armed with a knife and a Taser.
The two ISIS fanatics took the postal worker’s heavily pregnant wife, Claire, and son hostage.
While Roubertie guarded the mother and son, Sylla dragged Mr Penhouet – who had the key to the post office safe – to his workplace.
As they were sentenced for the brutal heist on Wednesday, ringleader Sylla proclaimed “God is my only defender”.
(It is likely that “God” was a mistranslation for “Allah” in this case.)
10. France: Jewish brothers stopped at red light “assaulted with HACKSAW by anti-Semitic attackers”
Two French Jewish brothers were briefly abducted and abused by a group of men in a Paris suburb in an incident that ended with the brothers being beaten and attacked with a wood saw, the victims' father told i24NEWS on Thursday
Armand Azoulay, who is a leader of the Jewish community in Bondy, located some 11 km northeastern of the center of Paris, said his sons aged 29 and 17, were forced off the road by a group of men described as having a Middle Eastern appearance.
The attackers forced the brothers to stop their car, and one of the attackers then "grabbed my son by the throat" and took out a "wood saw" Azoulay said.
He attempted to saw off the finger of one of his sons, but did not succeed."