1. French demo rejects Macron’s anti-Zionism ban
Supporters of the Palestinian cause in France are steadfastly opposed to President Emmanuel Macron’s call to ban opposition to Zionism. Protesters rallied in Paris to show that they will not be intimidated into silence.
2. French Philosopher: Jews first victims of Islamic immigration
French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut has claimed that the populist movement in Europe has largely been a reaction to demographic changes, blaming German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Finkielkraut labelled Chancellor Merkel’s infamous “wir schaffen das!” (we can do it!) phrase during the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 as “nonsense”, saying, “You see it yourself: you can not do it. This mix of extreme moralism and economic interests was repugnant,” Die Welt reports.
“The Germans wanted to buy themselves free and finally become a morally impeccable people. But that happens at the expense of the Jews, who are the first victims, as more and more immigrants are let in,” he added. [...] Last Saturday Finkielkraut was the victim of anti-semitic abuse hurled at him by a Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protestor who was later revealed to be an Islamic extremist.
Related video: In this clip from French television show, LCI Midi, prominent Gilet Jaunes figure Jérôme Rodrigues, pushes back on the accusations that anti-Semitism is a widely shared sentiment in the grassroots movement.
3. Part of Brooklyn's Coney Island Avenue named after Pakistan founder
The United States has a long tradition of recognizing foreign figures by naming streets after them. Often that's done at the request of an immigrant community with a significant presence in the area. That's the case along of stretch of Brooklyn's Coney Island Avenue in New York City, which has been renamed after the founder of modern Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. VOA reporter Aunshuman Apte attended the naming ceremony and has this report.
4. 5 dead in Kashmir, shops stage boycott of crackdown by India
Officials say five people have died in a gun battle in the disputed Indian Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Three rebels, a counterinsurgency police officer and an army soldier were killed Sunday during a gun battle in Kashmir, officials said, as shops and businesses shut down to protest a sweeping and ongoing crackdown against activists seeking the end of Indian rule in the disputed region.
The fighting triggered large anti-India protests and clashes as hundreds of residents thronged the village of Turigam in the southern Kulgam area and barraged troops with stones. An army officer and two other soldiers were injured in the fighting, which was still raging later Sunday.
Government forces opened fire with shotguns and tear gas to quell the protesters, injuring at least half a dozen civilians, residents and emergency workers said.
Police and paramilitary soldiers also patrolled streets in Srinagar, the region's main city, and enforced a security lockdown in its downtown area in anticipation of protests and clashes.
5. Venezuelan lawmaker Freddy Superlano poisoned in Colombia
Venezuelan lawmaker Freddy Superlano, a member of the opposition party, is in serious but stable condition after being poisoned in Colombia, his party says. His cousin has passed away.
Voluntad Popular, the party of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, said late on Saturday that Superlano was poisoned at a restaurant in Cúcuta, a city near the border with Venezuela. His assistant and cousin, Carlos Salinas, died.
Superlano and Salinas were said to have been poisoned with Burundanga, which is also known as hyoscine or scopolamine. The drug is used to treat motion sickness and other conditions, but it has also been used in robberies and sexual assaults, leading to the nickname “Devil’s Breath.”
6. Up to five years in prison demanded for performing exorcism on nine year old boy
The Public Prosecutor demanded up to five years in prison against three adults who tried to perform an exorcism on a 9-year-old boy from Venlo. The boy's mother and a couple she's friends with tried to expel a jinn - a supernatural being from Islamic theology - from the child, L1 reports.
The three suspects are accused of aggravated assault. According to L1, the mother and her friend pushed cotton swabs into the boy's ears until he bled. The boy sustained permanent hearing damage. The child was also forced to hold his hands in a hot oven. The exorcism happened in the suspected couple's Venlo home.
7. Shamima Begum SHOCK: ISIS bride's father says “she DOESN'T DESERVE to come back to UK”
Ahmed Ali has said he supports Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke his daughter’s British citizenship. Mr Ali told the Mail on Sunday: “I know they don’t want to take her back, and in this, I don’t have a problem. I know she is stuck there but that’s because she has done actions that made her get stuck like this.”
Mr Ali’s comments are not on the side of the rest of Ms Begum’s family who have pleaded for her to be allowed to return to the UK.
He added: “I am on the side of the Government.”
“I can’t say whether it is right or wrong, but if the law of the land says that it is correct to cancel her citizenship, then I agree.”
8. UK Labour Party divulges members’ tweets rife with anti-Semitism
Speaking on Sunday on “The Andrew Marr Show,” U.K. Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson urged party boss Jeremy Corbyn to address “a crisis for the soul of the Labour party,” which has been rocked in recent years by an anti-Semitism scandal it cannot seem to contain.
Watson announced on Marr’s show that he had received 50 anti-Semitism complaints from colleagues in the past week alone based on overt expressions of Jew-hatred on Twitter, which he sent directly to Corbyn.
The Guardian published a sampling of the tweets, in which Labour Party members expressed sentiments like, “Jews murder people and children,” “don’t know what runs through [Jews’] veins, not human blood,” and “[Jews’] hearts and brains [are] totally devoid of humanity.”
One member tweeted, “Wonder why Jewish people are hated wherever they’ve settled over last 2000 years. Their double dealing, back stabbing, cheating chilling coldness has always only one outcome. I wonder what the average period of time is before people fed up with the anti-social Jews kick em out.”
9. Liberal chair of finance committee tries to pull Conservative MP’s mic so he can’t talk about SNC-Lavalin
The Commons finance committee was suspended abruptly Thursday after descending into taunts and accusations over questions involving political interference and the prospect of a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin.
The fracas was related to allegations that Jody Wilson-Raybould was fired as attorney general for not playing ball with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in deferring charges against the Québec construction company.
A multi-million dollar bribery case involving Libyan officials and SNC-Lavalin is still moving through the courts.
The deferred prosecution provision, quietly shoehorned into the government’s 582-page ominbus budget bill last year was approved by the Finance Committee.
CPC MP Pierre Polievre: "Something strange is happening"
10. Afghan women fight for right to exercise outdoors
A group of burqa-clad Afghan women are fighting for the right to train and exercise freely outdoors.