1. Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “Who wants peace with you? First make peace among yourselves”
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli expert on Islam and the Middle East, speaks to the Knesset about the topic of “peace”, noting it’s important to understand how the other side views the peace narrative.
2. Ottawa: Man charged with five assaults after woman says she was kicked on Rideau Street
An Ottawa woman is warning others to be vigilant after she was allegedly kicked by a complete stranger – who then recorded her shock on his phone – in an unprovoked attack Tuesday on Rideau Street.
Police confirmed they’ve charged Mustafa Khoshnaw of Ottawa, 26, with five counts of assault after they investigated a string of complaints from people walking on Rideau.
Stephanie McLeod, 32, said she was walking home from work along Rideau Street when a man “made a quick U-turn” to follow her, then allegedly “forcibly kicked” her in the back of her thigh from behind. It happened around 4:30 p.m. in front of a supermarket parking lot near King Edward Avenue.
3. “Muslims tend to view every criticism of Islam as Islamophobia” - Toronto Lecture
Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, speaking at the Afghan Canadian Islamic Community (ACIC) in Toronto, said that Muslims tend to view every criticism of Islam as Islamophobia and called for true dialogue about the issues.
4. Grooming Gang “Raped”, “Gave Drugs, Alcohol” to Foster Care Home Runaways
Two “vulnerable” 14-year-old girls who were living in a care home were groomed, given drugs and alcohol, and were raped over a two-year period by a gang of ten men, a court has heard.
Opening the prosecutor’s case at Bradford Crown Court, Kama Melly QC told the jury that both girls were in the care of the state at the time, describing them as “sadly ripe and vulnerable to manipulation”.
“Girls in care don’t always see the exploitation and manipulation but that does not mean the exploitation was not occurring,” Ms. Melly added.
The prosecution alleged that one victim had run away from the home with a female friend, both aged 14, and were then approached by one of the defendants in a car who began grooming them for sex, reports the Telegraph & Argus.
5. Berlin Teachers Complain of “Religious Bullying” from Muslim Students
Teachers in some of Berlin’s most heavily migrant-populated schools have complained that they are seeing a large increase in bullying along religious lines, primarily from Muslim students.
Hildegard Greif-Gross, director of the Peter Petersen Elementary School in Neukölln, claimed that there are many examples of religious bullying even with younger students. Greif-Gross said that Muslim students would bully others on as little as bringing a ham sandwich for their lunch because they were taught pork is forbidden in Islam, Berliner Zeitung reports.
“Even gummy bears are not considered clean,” Greif-Gross added noting that Muslims objected to the use of gelatin which is a beef byproduct and may not have been halal slaughtered.
The teachers made their comments after the launch of a petition called the “Pro Berlin Neutrality Act” which supports existing legislation that has banned religious symbols from classrooms in the German capital.
6. Berlin International Tourism Fair: Police Move In To Protect Israel Booth – from Fair’s Own Guards
Original German language article.
Partial English translation:
[...] Visitors report that the three men were of Arabic ethnicity. It is yet unclear if they had caused trouble before or if police are investigating for causing a disturbance.
Police officers have warned repeatedly that security companies in Berlin employ young men who have connections to notorious clans and radical mosques. There was no harassment at the ITB booths of Turkey, whose military is just moving into the Kurdish-Syrian city of Afrin, or Egypt, which currently sees massive anti government protests.
Full English translation HERE.
7. EU REVOLT: Polish PM reveals the TWELVE nations ready to TOPPLE Macron and Merkel's agenda
POLAND'S Prime Minister has revealed the 12 countries that are ready to mount a revolt against the establishment EU agenda set by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, in what could be a fundamental power shift in Brussels. [...]
“I heard just today that eight countries of the north in Europe – these are not from the Visegrad grouping but the Danes, the Dutch, they now oppose the domination of the Franco-German dimension.”
The Polish leader's remarks was citing the report issued by the eight northern European countries that cautioned against Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel's ambitious political plans.
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden hit out at the Franco-German proposals for deepening eurozone integration.
They said the integration plans should focus on areas where member states are already close to a compromise.
This comes just as the German “grand coalition” formed last week, which will prompt Chancellor Angela Merkel to continue talks about reforming the 19-country currency bloc with French President Emmanuel Macron.
8. Alabama man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State
An Alabama man pleaded guilty to terrorism charges Thursday, admitting that he bought bomb-making materials and had hoped to conduct attacks at a military installation or police stations.
In federal court in Birmingham, Aziz Sayyed, 23, of Huntsville, entered the plea to charges that he sought to aide a foreign terrorist organization.
Federal prosecutors said that, after watching videos from the Islamic State terrorist group earlier this year, Sayyed purchased ingredients to make an explosive and told others about his hope to use it in a car bomb or explosive belt. Sayyed also shared the videos and expressed his support for the terrorism organization and terrorist attacks.
9. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban: “We Need Children, Not Migrants”
10. Armed Men Raid Iranian Embassy in London
Early reports said the raiders are four men who have opened their way into the embassy premises, while threatening people on the scene with machetes and baseball bats. The London Police have reportedly deployed around the embassy but took no action in the first couple of hours after the attack.
The slogans chanted by the raiders indicate that they are members of Sadeq Shirazi Shiite extremist sect, supported by London.
Iran's Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeedinejad confirmed the reports on the embassy attack minutes ago.
“A few followers of Shirazi have attacked the Islamic Republic of Iran's Embassy in London and broke the flag mast,” the ambassador tweeted minutes ago, and added that the raiders are "chanting slogans against Iranian officials”.