1. Rockets, mortars fired into Israel from Gaza
(12 Nov 2018) Palestinian militants on Monday fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, critically wounding an Israeli teen in what appeared to be an act of revenge after a deadly undercover Israeli military raid the day before.
IDF Tweets: Dozens of rockets are being fired from #Gaza at Israeli civilians
LOOK: This is one of the multiple Israeli homes hit by rockets fired from #Gaza. Yes, HOMES. Plural. Terrorists in Gaza are targeting Israeli civilians. We are targeting the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/hrApfCZQfm— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) November 12, 2018
2. Spanish police smash ring smuggling Palestinians
Police in Spain and France have smashed a criminal ring suspected of smuggling hundreds of Palestinians into Europe through fraudulent asylum claims, Spanish police said on Sunday.
Officers arrested nine people, including the suspected leader of the network, in the two countries as part of the operation carried out with European police agency Europol, a Spanish police statement said.
Police suspect since January 2018 the group flew around 1,200 Palestinians living in Middle Eastern countries via Bolivia to Madrid, where they would then make a “fraudulent asylum request.”
“Instead of continuing with the administrative procedures related to their asylum request, they were transported by the organisation to Belgium and Germany in minivans,” the statement said.
3. Senator Linda Frum continues to tweet about what’s in the Liberals “rushed” election Bill C-76
Liberal rushed election Bill C-76 will change the criteria for who is eligible to vote. As many as 2 million non resident Canadians will now have a say in the 2019 result even if they never intend to live in Canada ever again. pic.twitter.com/H3JanVUZVy— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) November 12, 2018
4. Macron and tech giants launch “Paris call” to fix internet ills
PARIS (Reuters) - France and U.S. technology giants including Microsoft (MSFT.O) on Monday urged world governments and companies to sign up to a new initiative to regulate the internet and fight threats such as cyber attacks, online censorship and hate speech. [...]
“The internet is a space currently managed by a technical community of private players. But it’s not governed. So now that half of humanity is online, we need to find new ways to organize the internet,' an official from Macron’s office said.
“Otherwise, the internet as we know it today — free, open and secure — will be damaged by the new threats.”
By launching the initiative a day after a weekend of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of World War One, Macron hopes to promote his push for stronger global cooperation in the face of rising nationalism.
5. Polish pundits discuss the conflict over the annual Independence March as one explains why the establishment sides with antifa in pushing for its abolishment
6. Vancouver Polish church daycare vandalized on 100th anniversary of nation’s independence
Members of a Vancouver Polish Catholic church expressed shock Sunday morning, after arriving to find their property marred by angry graffiti.
Splashed across the daycare at St. Casimir’s Polish Parish at 27th Avenue and Inverness Street was painted with the word “AntiFa” a term meaning “anti-facist” and used by a loose umbrella of left-wing and anarchist groups.
Also painted on the building was the symbol used by the the far-right National Radical Camp and National Rebirth of Poland party with a circle and strike through it, and the messages “refugees welcome” and “Nazi Raus,” which translates to “Nazis out” from German.
7. Brits urge Pompeo to keep Tommy Robinson out of U.S.
Dozens of British lawmakers are imploring the Trump administration not to allow a prominent far-right English Islamophobe into the U.S. to address like-minded audiences in Washington next week.
More than 50 members of parliament warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that granting an entry waiver to Tommy Robinson, the founder of the extremist English Defence League, risked violence. Robinson’s real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
“The intention of the visit in question is for Yaxley-Lennon to speak to prominent audiences in Washington DC, and to secure media appearances to promote his violent and extremist agenda,” the parliamentarians wrote in a Nov. 8 letter obtained by The Daily Beast.
8. Indonesia risks measles outbreak as Islamic clerics declare vaccine “haram”
INDONESIA is at heightened risk of an outbreak of measles and rubella after Islamic authorities declared vaccination “haram” (forbidden) due to its pork gelatine content.
The Health Ministry said its World Health Organisation-backed immunisation programme held since last year had reached 95 percent coverage in the highly-populated central island of Java, dropping measels and rubella cases by more than 90 percent, but the jabs only reached eight percent of children in provinces like Aceh.
The declining rates of injections, as a result of millions of parents forgoing the vaccine in recent months, has alarmed the health officials who say there could be a fresh wave of measels and miscarriages and birth defects resulting from rubella infections during pregnancy, according to Science.
9. Netherlands cuts Pakistan visa services amid Islamist threats over Asia Bibi
The Dutch embassy in Pakistan temporarily halted visa services on Monday “due to circumstances beyond [their] control” shortly after the attorney representing Christian blasphemy law victim Asia Bibi suggested Bibi and her family were seeking asylum in the European country.
The Indian news broadcaster WION News reported that communications within the Pakistani embassy suggested that the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) Party, the radical Islamist Party responsible for most of the protests calling for Bibi’s death, had planned an attack on the Dutch ambassador, though not related to Bibi. Instead, the TLP leadership reportedly objected to Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who recently attempted to organize an event featuring haram illustrations of Muhammad and has repeatedly warned against violent Islam.
Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper reported, however, that the Netherlands shut down visas services “as the government released footage of the rioters torching vehicles, blocking roads and vandalizing public and private property following apex court verdict on Aasia Bibi’s acquittal.”
10. Italy: Salvini confident after Senate approves tough anti-immigration bill
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that an Italian bill on security and immigration will become law very soon, speaking at a press conference in Rome on Wednesday, after the bill was approved by the Italian Senate.
"I'm working hard and travelling the world to make the repatriation agreements that who was here before me didn't make", said Salvini, stressing that a tough policy on immigration will lower the arrivals on Italian shores.