1. Jews outraged after mosque leader blames Mossad for Christchurch attack
New Zealand's Jewish community is outraged and revolted after a prominent mosque leader blamed Mossad for being behind the Christchurch terror attack.
On Saturday, a group called Love Aotearoa Hate Racism organised a rally for the victims in Auckland's Aotea Square.
Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar, gave a speech questioning where the gunman got his funding from. He said he suspected it came from “Mossad” and “Zionist business.”
2. Home in central Israel hit by Hamas rocket
This morning, a home in central Israel was destroyed when it was directly hit by a homemade rocket. It was fired by Hamas from over 75 miles away in Gaza.
3. No ceasefire as IDF pounds Gaza all evening
The Hamas Al-Aqsa Channel reported that the Egyptians have succeeded in reaching a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.
The channel quoted an “informed source” as confirming that the cease-fire had been reached, but did not provide further details.
The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen Channel also reported that a cease-fire has been reached and would go into effect at 10.00 pm.
Heavy rocket barrages were fired towards communities in southern Israel Monday evening shortly after the Israeli airforce began striking targets across the Gaza Strip in response to a long-range rocket struck a civilian home in central Israel some 12 hours earlier.
Israel’s military said that fighter planes and combat helicopters struck Hamas targets in Shati, Beit Hanoun, Saja'iya and other locations throughout the Gaza Strip, hitting targets which included military compounds, tunnel shafts that were used to transport weapons, military positions and rocket launching positions.
Related video: Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip in response to the fall of a rocket on Tel Aviv
4. Netanyahu applauds Trump’s historic recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 2019 @AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington #AIPAC2019— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) March 26, 2019
"Yesterday at the White House, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump again made history. He formally recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. That deserves enormous applause!" pic.twitter.com/PQ58dqxhEr
5. Iranian woman calls out female politicians in the West who obey compulsory hijab laws when visiting Iran, instead of challenging them
It will be difficult for Western women who wore hijab on Hijab Day, at the Women’s March, or in NZ to watch this and not feel shame— Yasmine Mohammed (@ConfessionsExMu) March 24, 2019
Listen as @AlinejadMasih explains how you’ve betrayed women
We all deserve freedom...not just you
STOP supporting our subjugation#FreeFromHijab pic.twitter.com/fzN5u5KfrO
6. “Absolutely inappropriate”: Councillor's Islamophobic comments spark outrage
A borough councillor in Anjou is under fire for making anti-Muslim comments about being treated by an ophthalmologist who wore a hijab.
“A veiled woman … grrrrrr … if it hadn’t been an emergency I would have refused to be treated by her,” Équipe Anjou member Lynne Shand wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday.
“I am raging because this is really the Islamization of our country, we must accept everything, give them reasonable accommodations, take down our crucifix (and I’m not a believer) etc etc,” she wrote.
In further comments, Shand said she was not questioning the doctor’s competence, since “she was excellent. … I am just questioning that they are Islamicizing Quebec and soon it will be like France.”
She claimed: “I am far from being a racist.”
But she said Muslims come to Quebec to “Islamicize” it and “want to convert the planet to Islam by massive immigration and multiple births.”
Wearing a hijab “is extremist just like white supremacists,” she added.
7. Spain arrests violent North African migrant trafficking ring
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Spanish police say they have arrested 17 members of an alleged human trafficking network that threatened Moroccan migrants who sought a refund when attempts to reach Europe by sea failed.
The National Police said Tuesday the busted cell operated from Ceuta, a tiny Spanish enclave in northern Africa.
The alleged traffickers charged between 1,500 and 4,000 euros ($1,700 to $4,500) for taking the Moroccan migrants across the Straits of Gibraltar in high-speed rubber boats. According to police, a hitman threatened the migrants who dared to ask for a refund if they failed to complete the trip.
More than 5,500 migrants have reached Spanish shores this year and 121 have died trying to, according to the International Organization for Migration. Last year, a record 57,000 arrived and more than 800 died.
8. George Soros spent $408k on Kim Foxx, Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case
Left-wing billionaire mega-donor George Soros donated $408,000 in 2016 to a super PAC that supported Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office prosecuted — and dropped — the Jussie Smollett case.
In a shock announcement Tuesday, prosecutors dropped all 16 felony charges against the left-wing Hollywood actor, whom police had accused of faking a hate crime in January that he blamed on racist, homophobic white Trump supporters.
Foxx had formally recused herself from the case in February because she had spoken with Smollett’s family. The Chicago Tribune later reported that Foxx had asked police to turn the case over to the FBI after an intervention by Tina Tchen, a former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Soros has spent heavily on backing “progressive” candidates for local prosecutorial offices across the nation, following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014, which alleged that black defendants have been treated unfairly by the justice system.
9. Egypt female students protest after Al-Azhar campus rape covered up
Hundreds of female students at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University held a protest yesterday, accusing college officials of attempting to cover up the rape of a woman on campus the week before.
Screams were heard at a nearby park within the Assuit university compound at 6pm on 18 March when a student from the Arabic Language Faculty was assaulted and raped. Found with her clothes ripped and bloodied, she was quickly taken to hospital by fellow students, but died from a severe haemorrhage caused by her injuries.
The attacker was seen to have escaped by climbing over the compound wall, but in the aftermath of the student’s death, university authorities denied that the incident had taken place. University officials claimed that the girl had travelled home for a holiday with her parents, despite eyewitness accounts to the contrary.
“The [Al-Azhar Media] centre has noticed that some of the social networking pages of anonymous stories about the incident … all containing false lies, without any specific facts that can be referred to, but only spreads confusion and panic among the students of Al-Azhar,” the university said in a press release.
10. Pakistan: Police arrest 12 persons in Ghotki forced conversion case
DAHARKI, GHOTKI: Ghotki police arrested on Monday 12 persons including the marriage officiator and witnesses of two minor Hindu girls who were allegedly forced to convert to Islam.
The incident came to light when a video of the girls’ father and brother surfaced online. The men said that the teenagers were abducted and forced into conversion and marriage.
The girls, who are both 13, have been identified as Reena and Raveena. They were allegedly kidnapped on March 20.
#Reena 14 & #Raveena 16 claiming they will fully accepted Islam. This can't be an excuse for Police. Cant ignore both girl are underage, were illegally married after conversion & both could be under immense pressure. For more on Forced conversions read https://t.co/7gT9vigqnz pic.twitter.com/vp6T2MzPtj— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 22, 2019