1. Only demons eat left-handed, says Turkish Muslim authority
Turkey's highest religious authority has said that every pious Muslim must only use their right hand to eat and drink – because, apparently, only demons are left-handed.
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), which is an official state institution, issued a fatwa (decree) Saturday, implying that those who happen to be born left-handed should switch sides for their own good, at least when it comes to the dinner table. The fatwa came in response to a question on eating with the left hand.
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3. Germany: Police Officer Working to Deport Illegals Threatened at Home by Muslim Extremists
A pair of Islamic extremists confronted a police officer in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia in front of his apartment to intimidate him because he is involved in deportations.
The unnamed officer is said to be a member of the Federal German police force which is responsible for border security in the country. The two men, described as belonging to the radical Islamic scene, threatened the officer who was forced to flee to his home where his dog confronted the men, barked and caused them to flee, Focus reports.
While the incident occurred on January 26th, the information was only recently released to the public. Officials say the two men approached in a Mercedes-Benz S-class vehicle, were wearing long beards and traditional conservative Islamic clothing.
4. Ofsted Boss Who Backed Infant Hijab Ban Faces Anti-Semitic Attacks
The head of the UK’s schools inspectorate was targeted with anti-Semitic abuse after she backed a school’s decision to ban infants from wearing the Islamic headscarf.
Amanda Spielman argued that in the same way school leaders would ban under-eights wearing lipstick and high heels to class, they could also ban the hijab and face veil, which sexualise young girls.
After the ruling Ms. Spielman quickly became the target of leftists and radical Muslims and received anti-Semitic attacks online, The Times reports. [...]
Those attacking the school included the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which is linked to the pro-caliphate Muslim Brotherhood, MEND, which host radical speakers, and CAGE, which has defended Islamic State jihadists.
5. REVEALED: British Government Promotes “Liberation” of Hijab at London Event, Avoids Commenting for A Week
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (FCO) has promoted the wearing of the Islamic veil amongst its London staff, using the February 1st occasion of “World Hijab Day” to promote the head covering and even issue “free scarves” to those who chose to try it. [...]
“Would you like to try on a Hijab or learn why Muslim women wear the headscarf? Come along to our walk-in event. Free scarfs for all those that choose to wear it for the day or part of the day. Muslim women, along with followers of many other religions, choose to wear the Hijab. Many find liberation, respect and security through wearing it. #StrongInHijab. Join us for #WorldHijabDay.”
6. Anti-hijab protesters defy Iranian authorities after the arrest of nearly 30 women for not wearing headscarves
Protests against the compulsory wearing of hijabs in Iran have continued despite the arrests earlier this week of 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf.
Symbolic protests took place throughout the country this week with women posting videos and photographs on social media of themselves standing on utility boxes, street sidewalks and other public places as they defiantly waved their hijabs.
Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were “trivial” and “childish” moves possibly incited by foreigners.
7. Switzerland: SVP pushes ahead with plans to analyse asylum seeker phones
A Swiss National Council committee has come out in support of a parliamentary initiative put forward by the country’s right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) that would allow the electronic devices of asylum seekers to be checked for evidence of their identity.
Around 20,000 asylum seekers arrived in Switzerland without passports or other official identity documents in 2016. This makes the task of verifying their identity or country of origin difficult.
The SVP believes accessing the mobile phones, tablets and laptops could aid in this process and it has now won the backing of a lower house parliamentary committee which supported the move with 17 votes in favour and seven against.
“I am relieved. Anyone who is being followed, and is risking life and limb has no legitimate reason not to reveal their identity to the state that is offering them asylum,” said SVP national councillor Gregor Rutz, who initially put forward the proposal.
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9. Mob Beats Afghan Woman For Alleged Affair
A shocking video of a mob beating in northern Afghanistan has provided a window into the brutal "justice" women in the country can face.
Footage of the incident, which reportedly took place in December in Takhar Province, only recently emerged on social media.
It shows a woman clad in a blue burqa kneeling as she is shouted at and insulted by a crowd of men that included family members.
As she kneels, she receives heavy blows to her head, back, arms, and shoulders by multiple stick-wielding men.
The woman is silent throughout the beating, as shouts of "Allahu Akbar" can be heard from the crowd. At one point, a man kicks her in the back, causing the woman to fall to the ground. When she gets back on her knees, the beating continues.
WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES
10. “Incompatible with Danish values”: Denmark plans face veil ban with hefty fines for offenders
Denmark’s government has announced it plans to fine people for covering their face in public, while the left-wing opposition wants a cap on “non-Western foreigners” entering the country.
The center-right government announced on Tuesday that it plans to bring forth legislation making it illegal for people to cover their faces in public. The proposals include fines of up to 10,000 Danish kroner ($1,660) for repeat offenders, Reuters reports.
The move echoes other European nations, such as France, which restricts the wearing of Muslim garments like the burqa and the niqab. Opponents say the wearing of such clothing is oppressive to women and/or incompatible with so-called “Western values.”