1. Germany raids groups suspected of supporting Hamas
BERLIN — German authorities have carried out raids on groups suspected of helping the militant Palestinian group Hamas under the guise of providing humanitarian aid.
The interior ministry said some 90 properties across Germany associated with an “Islamist network” were searched on Wednesday. It said the network was headed by two groups based in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, WWR Help and Ansaar International.
The ministry said there are indications that the network provided financial and propaganda support to Hamas, a longtime enemy of Israel that runs the Gaza Strip and was listed as a terror group by the European Union in 2001.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that “anyone who supports Hamas under the cover of humanitarian aid flouts fundamental value judgments of our constitution.”
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2. SPYING: William Barr Says Trump campaign was spied on by Feds
Attorney General William Barr revealed Tuesday that he is reviewing the “conduct” of the FBI’s original Russia investigation during the summer of 2016, following calls from Republicans to investigate the origins of the probe.
Barr testified before a congressional panel in what was his first Capitol Hill appearance since revealing the central findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Barr was grilled by Democrats on the handling of that summary, which stated the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election -- but he was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign.
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Justice.
Related: Lewandowski: Barack Obama knew about spying on Trump and authorized it
3. UK: Government adviser sacked for “white supremacist” language
Sir Roger Scruton is let go for “unacceptable comments” about Muslims and Chinese people in a magazine interview.
A government adviser has been sacked after accusations he used “the language of white supremacists” in a magazine interview.
Sir Roger Scruton, an academic who chaired the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission, was dismissed after telling the New Statesman that Islamophobia was “a propaganda word invented by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue.”
In the same interview he said “each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one” and defended the anti-immigration stance of Hungarian President Victor Orban, saying Hungarians were “alarmed by the sudden invasion of huge tribes of Muslims from the Middle East.”
4. National Union of Students elects a new leader who made comments about an “Islamic takeover” and said she would like to “oppress white people”
The new leader of the National Union of Students has been elected on a platform of calling for a national strike at Britain's universities.
Zamzam Ibrahim, 24, said in her manifesto the strike would be for free education, better maintenance grants for less wealthy students and the return of a post-study work visa for people from abroad, her manifesto says.
Ms Ibrahim sparked controversy in 2017 when online posts she made as a 16-year-old came to light, which said she wanted to “oppress white people” and see an “Islamic takeover.” She insists they were “taken out of context” and her views have changed.
5. Maryland man inspired by Islamic State attack plotted to drive truck into National Harbor pedestrians, officials say
Maryland man inspired by the Islamic State group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nation’s capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The allegation was made in a court filing as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, 28-year-old Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines. The police arrested him on March 28 after officers who discovered the stolen truck saw him leap over a security fence.
Henry then made incriminating statements that show steps he took to maximize damage, prosecutors say.
“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to stop,” the document quotes Henry as telling law enforcement authorities who questioned him. He said he wanted to create 'panic and chaos' similar to a deadly truck attack that killed scores of people in Nice, France, in 2016, prosecutors say. [...]
The government’s six-page detention motion describes Henry as harboring hatred for “disbelievers” and looking to emulate Islamic State militants he saw on beheading videos and fighting overseas. On his phone, which prosecutors say he discarded on a highway in an apparent attempt to conceal evidence, authorities found images of the ISIS flag, armed ISIS fighters and the man who carried out the massacre in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub three years ago.
6. 2,000 flee Jakana as Nigeria army prepares offensive against Islamic State
Around 2,000 people have been forced to flee to the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri ahead of a major offensive against the Islamic State West Africa province faction of Boko Haram, emergency services and residents told AFP on Tuesday, April 9.
AFP reported an unnamed military official in Maiduguri as saying the evacuation was in preparation for a “big operation” against ISWA.
Nigerian troops herded residents of Jakana village in Konduga local Government Area into trucks and ferried them 40 km (25 miles) to a displacement camp in the Borno state capital, a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson said. [...]
“Boko Haram jihadists launched an attack on Damaturu at about 5:45 p.m., firing guns and throwing explosives,” Adamu Sani, a trader in the city’s Maisandari area, told AFP. “Residents and businesses all closed as we fled into the city to avoid being caught up in the attack. While fleeing into the city, I saw truckloads of soldiers heading to Maisandari.”
7. Zain Qaiser: Student jailed for blackmailing porn users worldwide
A student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing pornography website users with cyber attacks has been jailed.
Zain Qaiser from Barking, London, used his programming skills to scam visitors to pornography sites around the world.
Investigators have discovered about £700,000 of his profits - but his network may have made more than £4m.
Qaiser, 24, was jailed for more than six years at Kingston Crown Court.
The court heard he is the most prolific cyber criminal to be sentenced in the UK.
Judge Timothy Lamb QC said: "The harm caused by your offending was extensive - so extensive that there does not appear to be a reported case involving anything comparable.”
8. ZOA head Mort Klein at Congressional hearing: “Jew hatred is the canary in the coal mine”
Mort Klein, the President of Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) testifies at the Congressional hearing on white nationalism and hate crimes pointing out that the preponderance of anti-semitic incidents on campus are perpetrated by Muslims and leftist groups. Using evidence from the ADL's own data base, he points out that White Supremacy is not the real concern in America today, Click HERE to watch the video.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an anti-Muslim tirade by a GOP witness at today's House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.”
At that hearing, Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein falsely identified the New Zealand mosque attacker as "left wing," downplayed the threat of white supremacists and smeared American Muslims and Islam as the main source of anti-Semitism. He also attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the BDS movement. Klein falsely claimed that “one third” of American Muslims are anti-Semitic. His bigoted remarks drew jeers from hearing attendees.
9. Video: Homeless Berlin man stabbed in alleged anti-Christian attack
Arabic-speaking youths were caught on video assaulting and stabbing a homeless Berlin man is speculated in the German press to be an anti-Christian motivated attack.
The video shows two Arabic-speaking young men verbally harassing a homeless man at a Berlin u-bahn (metro) station with all three of the men coming from an Arabic background, according to police. It is suspected that the motive may have been related to the homeless 29-year-old being Christian, Berliner Zeitung reports.
After physically attacking the victim, one of the men then drew a knife and stabbed him several times, leaving him with severe injuries to the buttocks, thigh, and arm, according to investigators.
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10. Crosses in Italian cemetery covered to avoid offence to other religions
The crosses on graves in an Italian cemetery in Pieve di Cento have been covered with black cloth so as not to offend those who may come from another religion.
The cemetery, which is located in Bologna in a town of around 7,000 people, has also installed motorised blackout curtains in a local chapel following renovations to hide Roman Catholic symbols during ceremonies involving other denominations, Il Giornale reports.
Following the reports of the coverings of the symbols, many have expressed criticism including Forza Italia (Forward Italy) deputy Galeazzo Bignami who denounced the move saying those looking not to offend were disrespecting Christian values and he added, “even more so the memory of our dead, hiding them behind ‘motorised tents’ in a cemetery to avoid offending other religions.”