1. Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at Al-Aqsa mosque
Fresh clashes erupted inside the Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem, Thursday, just one hour after Palestinian worshippers entered the mosque for the first time in two weeks.
Israeli security personnel reportedly fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at the protesters. The Palestinian Red Crescent is reported to have treated at least 56 worshippers who were injured during the clashes.
The violence followed Muslim protesters marching through the old city of Jerusalem chanting, hanging a Palestinian flag from a building inside the compound, an act deemed illegal by Israeli law in the occupied territory.
2. Rotterdam: Muslims chant genocidal intentions towards Jews
The Old Continent offers additional information:
LR-councilwoman Tanya Hoogwerf claims that during the demonstration people shouted “Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa ya’ud,” which can be translated as:
“Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed returns.“
The cry refers to the Battle of Khaybar, which ended with a Jewish tribe being massacred. LR has demanded in writing that Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (Labour) take action.
NIDA-leader Nourdin el Ouali doesn’t rule out the possibility that members of his party were present at the protest.
3. Revenge rape in Pakistan leads to council of elders' arrest
Pakistan police arrested 20 members of a village council for ordering a man to rape a teenage girl to avenge the rape of his sister, they announced on Wednesday.
A villager had sought their advice earlier this month after his 12- or 13-year-old sister was raped by his cousin. They allegedly instructed the man to even the score by raping the 16- or 17-year-old sister of the alleged offender.
Police said the man did as instructed.
4. Police say Muslim worshipers hurled rocks at officers on Temple Mount
Palestinian Muslim worshipers hurl rocks at police officers as they flooded the Temple Mount complex, ending a two-week boycott of the holy site over the new Israeli security measures at the holy site.
According to a statement from police spokeswoman Luba Samri, a number of rocks fell on to the Western Wall plaza blow. No injuries to Jewish worshipers were reported.
Arrest on Temple Mount:
5. Poles protest EU demands to relinquish power to Brussels
6. Swedish Shop Refuses Woman Service For Not Wearing Hijab
A woman in Sweden claims that she was denied service at a local Somalian-owned shop because she was not wearing an Islamic headscarf, and remarked she felt like she was back in her home country of Iran.
The woman, a well-known Swedish female-rights activist named Soheila Fors, said that she was out shopping for dresses and was shown some by the female retail clerk. Shortly after a man, whom Fors deduced to be the owner of the shop, spoke with the clerk in Somalian about Fors and her lack of a hijab, Fors wrote in an article for Nyheter 24.
The woman turned to me and said, ‘Unfortunately, you can not buy it’. ‘Imagine going to a store and not buying food and milk,’ I replied. ‘Sweden is a democracy,’ she replied. ‘Yes, yes, it’s a democracy. I’ll get in with or without hijab’,” Fors claimed in her piece.”
Any resulting legal action will be interesting to compare to this case of a Norwegian hairdresser who refused to serve a recent convert in a hijab.
7. Sweden: Man who punched woman after attempting to rob another is an illegal migrant from Algeria
For several days the man's identity remained unclear, as it emerged he had filed for asylum in four European countries (Norway, Greece, Denmark and Sweden) using different aliases. On 25 January his lawyer, Ekrem Gungor, confirmed to IBTimes UK that his client was a 33-year-old Algerian named Sofian.
He was placed in the immigration centre after Sweden refused him asylum and was already known to authorities for violent episodes, including another arrest in January over accusations of threats to a public official, violent resistance and trespassing, according to Aftonbladet.
He remains in custody pending trial but denies the charges of attempted aggravated theft, assault and harassment. At a preliminary hearing he claimed to be a victim of mistaken identity, arguing a Tunisian man with similar features was the real culprit.
8. Austria: Pool Signs Warn Guests Not to Molest Bikini-Clad Girls
A swimming pool in Austria has had to put up signs warning male migrants not to grope women or enter their changing room, in an effort to prevent sexual assaults from taking place.
The signs have been discovered posted in a swimming pool in Perchtoldsdorf, a town not far from Vienna.
One sign shows a picture of a young female in a bikini, with three hands appearing to try and grope her. The sign reads ‘NO!’ and next to it explains ‘physical contact with other guests is forbidden’ in English, French, and Arabic.
Another has a picture of a man about to enter a female changing room, with the words ‘STOP!’ written above it and ‘entry is forbidden in non-designated areas’ written beside it.
9. Crackdown on Migrants in Milan After Police Stabbing, Rise in Criminality
Italian police detained several dozen people Wednesday outside Milan’s main train station as the city deals with a new wave of migrants.
Police said Wednesday they detained 36 people in a move aimed at combating increasing criminality around the heavily used station.
The blitz comes a week after a Guinean immigrant stabbed a police officer in front of the station and weeks after a 20-year-old Italian-Tunisian man who had been previously arrested on drug charges pulled a knife on two soldiers and a police officer inside the station. The Guinean was later expelled.
10. Twitter Suspends Breitbart Editor’s Account Days After Radical Islam Book Announcement
The Twitter account of Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam has been suspended by the platform, just days after he announced the forthcoming publication of his new book on Radical Islam.
Titled No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You, the new book published by Regnery has already caused a stir on social media and hit a number of best seller lists on Amazon, including Islamic law, terrorism, and the important “movers and shakers” list.
Kassam implied the sudden decision of Twitter to suspend his account just days after he revealed the controversial cover art of the forthcoming book which challenges radical Islam may have been more than just a coincidence when he took to rival social media Facebook to reveal the shutdown. Kassam also said that his account had never been shut down before.”