1. Lebanese cleric: “All the World's Wars, Corruption, Moral Disintegration Are Planned by the Jews”
Lebanese cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Al-Qat’, delivered a Friday sermon in which he claimed that all the wars and strife around the world and all the corruption suffered by humanity, are planned by the Jews.
2. ITALY: Nigerian refugee brandishes weapons at train station
3. Turkey Accused of Allowing Migrants to “Surge” into Europe as Europol Tracks 65,000 People-Smugglers
Turkey has been accused of allowing migrants to “surge” into Greece amid a dispute over EU funding, as Europol reveals they are tracking some 65,000 people-smugglers.
Greece was on the frontline at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, with over 800,000 arriving from Turkey by sea over the course of the year.
The influx was reduced dramatically after the European Union agreed to transfer some 3 billion euros to the Turkish government to stem the influx, but Ankara has been accused of loosening its borders again and allowing over 5,000 migrants to enter Greece over the first two months of 2018.
4. ONTARIO: Tensions high at Vaughan meeting over fate of Muslim community complex
Despite passionate arguments on both sides of the issue, hundreds of people both for and against a massive residential development proposed by a Thornhill Mosque, deputants kept their cool while making their final pleas to Vaughan city council.
“This is democracy at play,” quipped Shafiq Ebrahim outside a jam-packed council chambers as councillors prepare to make a final decision on the proposal next Wednesday.
Ebrahim is the vice president of the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) of Toronto, the group hoping to secure council's support for the Jaffari Village community development.
The plan for the area near Bathurst Street and Rutherford Road includes an eight-storey tower and a six-storey tower, along with a school, 60-townhouse complex and parking structure.
Because the land has belonged to the ISIJ since 1994 and the fact that city staff has already issued a report supporting their application, Ebrahim says the council should greenlight it on April 11. [. . .]
The project has been in the works since 2013 and has been the subject of heated debate. Some in the Muslim community claim the opposition to the development is being motivated by more than just concerns over its size.
CTV News report from February 2014: Debate begins over Thornhill community centre expansion
A Facebook post made by an attendee notes feeling dismay as those in attendance were told to line up with men and women in separate lines, and asks, “Is this 2018, Canada?”
5. Canada: Niagara Muslim Family conference keynote speaker views Jews as “monkeys, pigs, aggressors and filth”
Since when is it acceptable in Canada to refer to a race of people in such terms as this?
“O Allah, liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews the aggressors”
“O Allah give victory to the Mujahideen [Muslims fighters in the path of Allah] around the world. O Allah, liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews, the monkeys, the pigs”
“O Allah, the Jews have gone astray and therefore show us the wonders of Your might and ability inflicted upon them”
An Egyptian Islamic theologian and professor, Omar AbdulKafi, is the confirmed speaker at an upcoming Niagara Muslim Family Conference, and according to the American Center for Democracy, the expressions above are “excerpts from Sh. Omar AbdulKafi posts on Facebook (originally in Arabic).” Organizers of the conference declared with excitement: “Our Keynote speaker will be Sh. Omar AbdulKafi!“
6. Generation Identity England - Speech in Telford
“On the morning of Saturday 24th March, GI Activists travelled to the town of Telford to give an important speech about the recent revelations of a grooming gang operating in the area for nearly 40 years.”
7. No Jail for Men Who Entered Convent Demanding Nuns Convert to Islam
Two men have been spared jail after they burst into evening service at a convent warning nuns they must either convert to Islam or go to hell.
The 26- and 28-year-old defendants were released from court in Verdun, northeast France last week, with the magistrate citing diminished mental responsibility at the time of the incident, when he said the men were suffering from psychiatric disorders.
For having inflicted “psychological violence” against the nuns they urged to convert, the prosecutor requested that each man be given a 10-month suspended prison sentence, local media reports.
“There is no link between your actions and terrorism,” the president of the court told the defendants, explaining: “The terms and expressions used, while they had the effect of disturbing the sisters, are not specific to radical discourse nor were they intended to frighten.”
8. Eight Members of Iran’s “Women’s” Soccer Team Are Men Awaiting Sex Change Surgery
Eight members of Iran’s women’s soccer team are men, a report says. However, Iranian authorities explained the problem away by insisting that all eight men are transgender and awaiting sex change surgery.
Despite the government’s claims about the impending surgeries, Iran’s team was called “unethical” for being filled with stronger, faster men, according to The Telegraph.
The news broke after an Iranian official, Mojtabi Sharifi, admitted that “[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations.”
Soccer authorities ordered all members of Iran’s team to undergo gender testing. The names of the males in the team were not identified.
“Gender change operations are legal in Iran according to a fatwa – or religious ruling – pronounced by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution,” The Telegraph reports.
9. Pakistani planes conduct airstrike in Dangam district
The local officials in eastern Kunar province confirm that the Pakistani planes have conducted an airstrike along the Durand Line in Dangam district of Kunar.
Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar confirmed the airstrike and said a high peak was targeted in the airstrike but no one was hurt in the raid.
Bidar further added that the latest violation by the Pakistani air forces has taken place amid ongoing artillery shelling.
He also added that the provincial government has prepared a report regarding the artillery shelling and airstrike and has been sent to the central government.
The Ministry of Defense and the central government officials have not commented in this regard so far.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) Gen. Dawlat Waziri had earlier said that the border forces do not need a permission to respond to the incursions.
He said they (border forces) have already been granted permission to act and respond to the artilley shelling in a similar manner.
This comes as Kunar governor’s spokesman Abdul Ghani Mosamim also confirmed the shelling and said at least two civilians were wounded in Dangam district.
According to Mosamim, the artillery shells landed in three districts of Kunar including Dangam, Shiltan, and Sarkano districts.
Kunar Province is in Afghanistan at the border of Pakistan.
Afghan response: Afghan government warns Pakistan after Kunar airstrike
10. Five men from French town linked to jihad go on trial
Five men from the southern French town of Lunel, from where twenty youths travelled to Syria to fight alongside jihadist groups, go on trial Thursday on charges of terrorist conspiracy. FRANCE 24 published this report from Lunel in 2015.
When six of its youths died on battlefields in Syria, Lunel was suddenly known internationally as France's No. 1 "jihadist town". Locals say the media frenzy has deepened town divisions and that it will take years to rebuild its shattered image.
In October 2014, news broke that three young men from Lunel, a southern French town with a population of just 26,000, died in Syria. In December, two more were reported dead out of an estimated 20 Lunellois who had gone there to fight. In January, another one was reported killed.
On December 12, Lahoucine Goumri, president of the Union of Muslims of Lunel, which runs El Baraka Mosque, gave an interview to local paper Midi Libre, denying the mosque’s involvement in the radicalisation process without condemning those who left.