1. Majority of Austrians support closing of mosques as govt battles “political Islam” – poll
The Austrian government’s push against “political Islam” has drawn popular support, a recent poll shows. While more than 60 percent approve of the measures, 14 percent of the respondents say they were “too soft.”
A survey conducted by Unique Research for Profile Magazine revealed that 66 percent of Austrians believe the government’s decision to shut down seven mosques and to consider the expulsion of dozens of imams was right.
The number of those who say the approach is “too soft” is higher than those who believe it is “too harsh” – 14 percent to 10 percent. Ten percent of the respondents were undecided.
2. Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has revealed.
In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved those who had sought sanctuary – or 16 per cent. Three of the potential atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.
An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either carried out atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed to the streets.
The findings echo warnings by law enforcement chiefs that some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder posed as refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they exploited the migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak into Europe and cause carnage.
3. Tunisian Migrant Who Murdered Elderly Couple for Supporting Populist Politics Gets Life
Tunisian migrant Mohamed H. was sentenced to life in a Linz court Monday after being found guilty of murdering an elderly Austrian couple because they supported the populist, anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ).
The trial of the 55-year-old Tunisian was expected to last several days but unexpectedly the entire process finished the day it began with the conviction and sentencing wrapping up on Monday, Kronen Zeitung reports.
The prosecutor in the case put forward that Mohamed H.’s motive for the crime after he admitted to committing the two murders, was a hate for Austrian society and specifically the fact that the elderly couple supported the anti-mass migration FPÖ.
4. Germany: Trial of Kippah attack man begins in Berlin
The trial against a Syrian-Palestinian refugee who attacked a kippah-wearing Israeli Arab in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg kicked off in the German capital Tuesday.
The defendant, a 19-year-old refugee from Syria, is accused of assaulting and insulting Israeli Arab Adam Armoush, who wore a kippah as he walked the streets of Prenzlauer Berg for an alleged experiment to find out if it is dangerous to openly wear a kippah in Berlin.
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5. Erdoğan Warns of "War between the Cross and the Crescent" following Austria’s Plan to Deport Imams
6. Hungary plans to introduce 25% tax on aid groups supporting immigrants
The Hungarian government stepped up its anti-immigration measures on Thursday with plans to introduce a 25 percent special tax on aid groups which support migration, Reuters reports. “We want to use tax policy to step up against organizing migration,” the Finance Ministry said. After its election victory, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government submitted a bill to parliament aimed at criminalizing aid to migrants. The original version of the bill, submitted in February, included a 25 percent tax levied on NGOs whose funding comes mostly from foreign donors, but that clause was dropped. Now the Finance Ministry says it will reintroduce the proposed tax in a separate piece of legislation.
7. Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran
Officials in a Saudi-led coalition now battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents.
Iran long has denied arming the rebels, known as Houthis, despite reports by the United Nations, Western countries and outside groups linking it to the rebels' arsenal.
Weapons shown to reporters in Abu Dhabi and later at an Emirati military base on a government-sponsored tour included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a "drone boat," which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
The officials showed Iranian-labeled components inside of equipment that they said was used to produce and load fuel for the rockets the rebels have fired across the border at Saudi Arabia.
8. “Muslims were calling Christians f***ing dogs”: Inside the Liberal Party's violent “religion-fuelled street brawl” - that erupted outside a Sydney charcoal chicken shop
A violent confrontation erupted outside an Islamic-owned charcoal chicken shop as Muslim men allegedly hurled chairs at a Christian during a Liberal Party brawl.
A witness, going by the name of John, claimed he saw violence on the main street of Arncliffe in Sydney's south on Monday night, where a Christian man was stomped on and an elderly woman was punched and thrown to the ground.
The violence started inside a cafe and charcoal chicken shop owned by a Muslim businessman and Liberal Party councillor, Michael Nagi, and has been connected with a factional dispute within the conservative party. [...]
“Some of the guys from, obviously, the Islamic faith were saying f*** off Christians, f*** Coptic dogs. They were there to intimidate.”
9. Canada: Conservative MP Candice Bergen provides example of Trudeau's double standard for faith groups
10. Over 1800 acres of food have been destroyed by Hamas’ arson kites