1. Easy scapegoat? Yellow Vests blamed for rise of anti-Semitism in France
France’s interior minister has vowed to take a tougher stance on hatred, after multiple incidents of anti-semitic vandalism, and a spike in anti-Jewish hate crimes last year.
2. Eric Zemmour: “This situation we’re experiencing didn’t fall from the sky”
Previously, we shared part 1 and part 2 of French author and politician Eric Zemmour speaking at a book festival explaining his theory about the civilizational war that is taking place against the original people of Western nations through “Invasion, Colonization, and Conflagration.” In part 3, Zemmour explains how, as the conflagration unfolds, the elites take the people for fools who will not understand what is going on, but European peoples are revolting against it as they become aware of the great dangers around them.
3. Hungarian FM Szijjarto says EU wants to legalise illegal migration
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government are set to continue a hardline stance towards irregular migration - even though flows of undocumented migrants into their territory have diminished to a few hundred per year. That's a key message from Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who spoke to FRANCE 24's Catherine Nicholson.
4. Detroit Shiite Imam Bassem Al-Sheraa: The Jews prostituted their women, killed Prophets
On January 27, 2019, an antisemitic lecture by Michigan-based Shiite Imam Bassem Al-Sheraa was uploaded to the YouTube channel of the Al-Zahraa Islamic Center, which is in Detroit. Al-Sheraa said that the Jews have distorted sacred texts and sanctioned the killing of prophets such as Jesus and John the Baptist. He accused the Jews of employing tricks and fraud in matters of religion and morality, and of amassing gold and spreading usury. Explaining that usury is a “peculiar Jewish philosophy,” Imam Al-Sheraa said that the Jews have used it as a means of attaining power, even though it contradicts their religious teachings, and that even the modern banking system is based on the Jews’ “instructions and vision.” He further said that Jewish women have historically established and managed “dens of female iniquity” and headed the brothels of Europe, and that the Jews allow their faith to be passed down maternally so that their women could increase the Jewish population through prostitution. Al-Sheraa is a graduate of the Najaf Hawza in Iraq. He emigrated to the United States and serves as the imam of the Al-Zahraa Islamic Center of Michigan. He also founded the Scholarly Najaf Hawza in Northern America – Michigan.
5. Right-wing parties triumph in Italian regional election in key test ahead of European Parliament vote
Right-wing parties triumphed in a regional election in central Italy on Monday in a contest seen as a key test for the European Parliament elections in May.
A candidate from Brothers of Italy, a small far-Right party backed by the Right-wing League party and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, won the election in the mountainous Abruzzo region.
After taking around 48 per cent of the vote, Marco Marsilio was elected the new governor of the region, ousting a centre-Left coalition.
The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which governs with The League at the national level, performed dismally, winning just 20 per cent of votes – half of what it garnered in the region during last year’s general election.
6. “Populist parties are POPULAR” German MEP immediately shuts down Swedish politician
GERMAN MEP Hugh Bronson brilliantly dismissed claims no populist party has so far demonstrated responsibility when in government to enable them to deliver solutions to the pressing issues crippling the European Union.
Speaking on BBC Global Questions, the AFD MP argued countries like Austria, Poland and Hungary with eurosceptic and anti-establishment governments are proof populism is on the rise in the European Union because citizens continue to support their policies. Mr Bronson responded to Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt's claim "populists are popular as long as they don’t take responsibility for government.”
She added: “Because we have not seen so far any extreme right party that has delivered.
“Do you have one example of one extreme right party in all of Europe who has delivered concrete answers and solutions to the citizens of Europe?
“Please tell me because I cannot see it.”
Mr Bronson hit back: “Populist parties are populist parties because they are popular.”
7. Thousands rally in Madrid, demand Socialist prime minister resign
MADRID — Thousands of Spaniards joined a right-wing rally in Madrid on Sunday to demand that Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down.
Many in the crowd gathered in the capital’s Plaza de Colon, waving Spanish flags. They chanted slogans in favor of the nation’s security forces and for Sanchez to resign.
The conservative opposition Popular Party and the center-right Citizens party organized the rally, which was also backed by the upstart far-right Vox and other marginal far-right parties. They claim that Sanchez must resign for holding talks with separatists in the northeastern region of Catalonia.
“The time of Sanchez’s government is over,” said Popular Party president Pablo Casado, who asked voters to punish Sanchez’s Socialists in upcoming European, local and regional elections in May.
Demonstrators waving Spanish flags (right) filled the Plaza de Colon (left) in Madrid's city centre in the largest protest Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has faced since taking office last year. Some 45,000 people turned out in a show of force against the Socialist leader, demanding new elections and chanting: 'Spain! Spain!' and 'We want to vote!' Sanchez, who relies on backing from Catalan nationalists and other minority parties to stay in power, plans to appoint an intermediary to resolve the dispute but was accused of 'treason' and caving in to the nationalists.
8. Geneva votes to ban religious symbols on public employees
Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols.
More than 55 percent of voters in the Swiss canton backed the law, final results showed, despite warnings that it could lead to discrimination, particularly against Muslim women. Some critics think it might violate the constitution.
Geneva Canton, which for centuries has been a centre of religious freedom and tolerance, has been striving to replace a law on the books since 1907.
The new law's stated ambition is to expand the dialogue between religious groups and the state, and to better define the limits to religious expression in the public sphere.
Supporters say it will help clarify existing principles in the Geneva Constitution to protect the religious freedom of believers and non-believers alike.
9. South Carolina man gets 30 years for setting jihad bombs
A South Carolina man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after placing weapons of mass destruction in Anderson County.
Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in letters and warned of a jihad, according to an investigator’s testimony in federal court.
One of the explosive devices detonated, injuring one person, while two others he planted were defused. Ayers also placed three fake devices in various locations with notes attached to them that more powerful bombs were yet to come.
10. French yellow vest protester “has hand blown off in violent street clashes with cops”
A yellow vest protester had his hand "blown off" in clashes with police in France.
The Paris Gilet Jaunes demonstrator was left bleeding heavily as violent protests continue to grip the French capital.
The Associated Press said that paramedics were seen huddled around the injured protester, 30, near the gates of the National Assembly as they provided emergency treatment.