1. Iranians mark embassy takeover anniversary on eve of US sanctions
2. FBI arrests Iraqi refugee in Tucson for building car bomb, teaching others
The FBI arrested 30-year-old Ahmad Suhad Ahmad in Tucson, Arizona, last week following a two-year investigation.
According to the limited information contained in the two-page criminal complaint, Ahmad had told a confidential source in December 2016 that he knew how to detonate a bomb using a cell phone -- a technique he said he learned during the war in Iraq.
In April 2017, the same confidential source asked Ahmad if he knew how to make a car bomb for a target in Mexico, and if he could show him how to build one. Ahmad agreed.
A week later Ahmad showed the source an image on his cell phone of explosive materials and instructions written in Arabic, which he promised to translate into English. He also met with other sources and undercover FBI agents about planning to build the bomb.
VIDEO: Tucson Iraqi Refugee charged, made car bombs
3. Controversial Hoodies Ad Sparks Outrage
A Hoodies ad featuring Bar Refaeli removing a hijab and declaring herself free sparked outrage in Israel and outside. What was the intention behind it? Marketing expert Sandrine Boudana analyzes.
4. FLASHBACK: Louis Farrakhan’s Nation Of Islam invited Neo-Nazis to conferences
In the 1960’s, the Nation of Islam, under the leadership of the groups founder, Elijah Muhammad, formed a surprising alliance with the American Nazi Party. Their alliance was so strong that American Nazi Party Commander George Lincoln Rockwell was invited to their national summit in 1961, held in Washington, D.C.
Rockwell, with two other members of the neo-Nazi party, were husked in to the event by private security, and given seats near the stage center. Eight thousand black Muslims flanked the three of them as they listened to speakers such as Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, who many see as the mentor to Louis Farrakhan, who currently leads the Nation Of Islam.
5. Brazil’s Bolsonaro confirms embassy move to Jerusalem
Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro confirmed on Twitter Thursday that he intends to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter. “Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that.'”
6. Tennessee bill would ban teaching “Doctrine of Islam” to seventh graders
A Tennessee state legislator has proposed a state law that would prevent public schools from teaching anything about religious principles until students reach the 10th grade.
The bill from Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia (about 45 miles south of Nashville) comes in response to a grassroots campaign across Tennessee by parents — primarily evangelical parents — against what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in middle schools.
Last month, for example, parents in the Nashville suburb of in Spring Hill expressed alarm because their children in a taxpayer-funded middle school are learning about the Five Pillars of Islam in a world history class. (The first and most important pillar is roughly translated as: “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.”) At the same time, the parents say, the course material pointedly ignores Christianity.
7. Salvini to save 400 million Euros by cutting migrant daily allowance
Populist Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini is expected to drastically cut the daily allowance for migrants in Italy, with claims the country could see savings of up to 400 million euros by 2019.
The proposal would see the current daily allowance of 35 euros per day per migrant cut almost in half to 19 euros per day, which would be one of the lowest rates in western Europe, Il Giornale reports.
According to the Interior Ministry, the cuts would lead to a saving of 400 million euros in 2019, rising to 500 million in 2020 and 600 million in the years thereafter.
The move would be part of the broader migration and security decree released by Salvini in late September, which also banned residency permits for so-called humanitarian reasons. Migrants will now be classified into two groups: those with recognized asylum claims and those without.
Those with refugee status and recognized underage migrants will have broader access to funding and government programmes.
8. Senator Linda Frum tweet on the Liberal’s election bill
The #Liberal's rushed election bill will be arriving in Senate next week. Did you know that non-resident Canadians -- who may not have lived here for 20+ years and who have no intention of ever living in Canada or paying CDN taxes will now be allowed to vote? What do you think?— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) November 4, 2018
9. German Jews propose anti-Semitism lessons for Muslim migrants
Germany's foremost Jewish organisation has called for special classes for Muslim immigrants to help stop the spread of anti-Semitism.
Its vice-president, Abraham Lehrer, said many migrants were arriving from countries where "anti-Semitism is part of the rationale of the state".
He said integration classes should be "tailored" by country of origin.
Germany has seen a large increase in asylum seekers since 2015, many of whom come from Muslim-majority countries.
10. NYPD search for teens who hurled metal pipe through synagogue window
Those who doubt that anti-Semitism is on the rise will be hard-pressed two explain two more incidents of vandalism visited on two more Jewish houses of worship in Brooklyn this weekend.
In one of the incidents, six black teenagers who may have just been out for kicks congregated briefly on the sidewalk outside a synagogue in the Williamsburg section of the borough before hurling a metal pipe at one of the windows, shattering it. The group then high-tailed it, as a video circulated by the New York Police.