1. Hijacker to children on bus: “You all have to die because my three children died”
In this short interview with media, one of the children on the bus that was hijacked by a native of Senegal, describes their terrifying experience and relates what the kidnapper told them about his motivations and his feelings towards Matteo Salvini.
2. “The ports remain closed,” Italy's Matteo Salvini warns migrant rescue NGO
Matteo Salvini has reiterated Italy's ports are closed to migrant rescue boats after an NGO ship asked to dock.
Mediterranea Saving Humans said it rescued 49 migrants from a "shipwreck" off the coast of Libya, including a dozen children.
The boat, called Mare Jonio, swooped after a spotter plane, run by another non-government organisation (NGO), Sea Watch, spotted the migrants.
The ship headed to Lampedusa, which is the closest island, but Mediterranea Saving Humans asked Italy for a safe haven to dock because of a storm.
But Salvini, Italy's interior minister, took to Twitter to reiterate Rome's stance, saying the country's ports remain closed.
VIDEO: Matteo Salvini has reiterated Italy's ports are closed to migrant rescue boats after an NGO ship asked to dock.
Related VIDEO: Matteo Salvini applauded the decision of the district procurator to impound a “leftist organization’s ship,” and there are plans to interrogate the entire crew.
3. Christianity NOT a religion of peace HOME OFFICE says citing bloodthirsty passages
The Home Office has claimed Christianity is not a religion of peace after turning down a Christian convert’s bid for asylum in an “unbelievably offensive” letter quoting bloodthirsty passages from the Bible.
The Iranian national was turned down for asylum in 2016, with the Home Office claiming his conversion from Islam was “inconsistent” with his claim Christianity is a peaceful religion. In the rejection letter from the Government department, published by the Iranian’s immigration case worker this week, six passages from the Bible are listed, with a claim made that Revelations is filled with “images of revenge, destruction, death and violence.” The letter also uses six examples from searchable online holy book Bible Gateway, and quotes parts of The Book of Leviticus from the Old Testament.
4. MI5: Number of far right terror cases “absolutely dwarfed by the number of Islamist cases”
The number of far-right terror cases the authorities are faced with is “absolutely dwarfed” by the number of cases related to radical Islam, according to Britain’s Security Service, better known as MI5.
MI5 specialises in counter-espionage and domestic security, in contrast to the foreign intelligence-oriented Secret Intelligence Service – better known as SIS or MI6, made famous by Ian Flemming’s James Bond books. The assessment of the relative seriousness of the Islamist terror threat and the far-right terror threat was disclosed halfway through a Guardian report focusing heavily on the latter, later republished by other media outlets including CNN and Microsoft-owned MSN.
The left-liberal newspaper led on claims by the far-left HOPE Not Hate organisation, which describes itself as “anti-fascist” and has previously received funding from billionaire open borders campaigner George Soros, that “huge numbers of Britons are among the global audience for far-right forums” online.
5. Islamist arrested at French post office trying to collect sub-machine gun
A French former prisoner who had converted to Islam while incarcerated was arrested after trying to have a sub-machine gun delivered to him by post.
The 30-year-old, who was not identified by name, was arrested last week in the city of Angers in Western France at a local post office while attempting to pick up the firearm that had originally come from the United States, Le Parisien reports.
On Friday, the man was indicted on charges of importing category A weapons, according to public prosecutor Yves Gambert.
Local media also added that the suspect had served a seven-year prison sentence in 2010 for violence with a weapon and targetted a police officer. While in prison, he converted to Islam and was examined by security services in 2016 following the Bataclan massacre in November of 2015.
6. Suspect ID'd after package “intentionally” left at Broadview station
Toronto Police have named a suspect after a package was “intentionally” placed at Broadview TTC station, shutting down the area for close to four hours during the Monday morning rush hour.
“From my knowledge, it does look like that package was placed there intentionally, not left behind,” Toronto Police Insp. Anthony Paoletta said.
“And that is an element that will be further examined.”
The package was reported by TTC personnel around 6:30 a.m. on “the bus bay area” and the station was immediately shut down, along with adjoining streets around Danforth Ave. to the north and east. [...]
Later on Monday, police identified Kamal Badri, 53, of Toronto, as the suspect wanted for public mischief.
Badri was arrested Tuesday morning after a second package was left at Broadview station. He is being investigated for both incidents.
7. Mentally disabled Christian beaten by Muslim mob in Pakistan
A Pentecostal Christian with a mental disability was beaten up by a Muslim crowd in Pakistan last week, after a neighbor accused him of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad.
Hafiz Mudassir, a Muslim cleric, reportedly burst into the home of 42-year-old Stephen Masih on the morning of March 11 in the Sialkot District, north of Lahore, accusing the mentally disabled man of blasphemy.
According to Francis Masih, Stephen’s older brother, Stephen had become engaged in a heated discussion with a Christian brother-in-law over fasting and prayer during Lent when he became irritated and began shouting. Overhearing the argument, their Muslim neighbor Mr. Mudassir took it upon himself to reprimand him.
“We told Mudassir that it was not right for him to intervene in our family issue, but he took offense and raised hue and cry in the street, alleging that Stephen had committed blasphemy,” Masih said.
Mudassir reportedly stormed out of Stephen’s house in anger, warning that he would teach Stephen a lesson. Not long afterward, Mudassir returned, leading a mob of angry Muslims.
8. Jewish vendor, son stabbed at iconic Amsterdam market
A Jewish father and son were stabbed at an iconic street marketplace in Amsterdam by an Egypt-born seller whom they and others said was a radicalized Muslim.
Martin Colmans, the father, and son Sharon sustained light to moderate injuries in the attack Saturday at the Albert Cuyp market, where the Colmans family has been selling furniture for decades. Sharon Colmans, whose mother is from Israel, was injured in his back, chest and arm, and suffered serious blood loss. Both have been released from the hospital.
A police spokesperson told De Telegraaf that they have no comment about the assailant’s alleged motives.
Known locally as Tarik, the alleged stabber has been selling hookahs and other smoking paraphernalia adjacent to the Colmans’ furniture shop since 2004. The stabber, who has not been named in the Dutch media, is under arrest awaiting an indictment.
Martin Colmans told De Telegraaf that the suspect had been away for several months, and that when he returned his behavior had changed. He said Tarik was “reading the Koran a lot, stopped talking to us. Shaved his head. Prayed all the time. He also began giving us nasty looks.
9. Pro-Israel voices silenced at the U.N. "Human Rights” council
The United Nations Human Rights Council debated a report accusing Israel of war crimes Monday. However, not all voices were allowed to participate in the debate.
Anne Bayefsky, the Director of the Human Rights Voices NGO and the Touro Institute and Human Rights and the Holocaust, attempted to give a rebuttal to the testimony of Canadian Law Professor Michael Lynk, who accused Israel of using disproportionate force against peaceful protesters during the “March of Return” riots along the Gaza border over the last year.
Human Rights Council President Coly Seck, of Senegal, interrupted Bayefsky twice as she delivered her remarks. In addition, the audio of her remarks was cut off, preventing much of her points from being heard.
Bayefsky was the only speaker to be interrupted during the debate by the Human Rights Council President.
Bayefsky slammed Council President Seck for refusing to allow her to speak as he had allowed all other speakers.
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10. Shamima Begum: Family launches official appeals to return ISIS bride’s British citizenship
Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked Begum’s British passport in February after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp having fled the collapsing caliphate. Begum pledged allegiance to ISIS after reading jihadi propaganda on the internet and fleeing her east London home in 2015 with two other school friends aged 15. Just days after arriving in Syria she met and married 23-year-old Dutch jihadist Yago Riedijk.
The couple had three children together but all died in infancy and last month Begum pleaded with British authorities to let her come home, offering to “help” other schoolgirls thinking of becoming terrorist brides.
Mr Javid defended his decision to remove Begum’s British nationality, saying she was eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship through her parents.
However Dhaka has ruled out offering Begum refuge and the 19-year-old’s family say Mr Javid’s decision “puts her life at risk.”
They say her British nationality should be reinstated because hundreds of other jihadi fighters have been allowed back to the UK.