1. German state orders all government buildings to display a Christian cross
Religious symbol is already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms in predominantly Catholic Bavaria.
A German state has ordered that Christian crosses should be placed on the entrance of all government buildings.
Bavaria's conservative government has said the crosses should not be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state's "cultural identity and Christian-western influence.”
Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms in predominantly Catholic Bavaria.
2. German NGO's migrant-rescue ship stays impounded
(ANSA) - Rome, April 24 - Jugend Rettet on Tuesday failed in a bid to get Italy's supreme Court of Cassation to release the Iuventa, a ship the German-based NGO uses for migrant search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
The vessel was impounded in August 2017 in the Sicilian port of Trapani in relation to a probe into the alleged aiding of illegal migration via cooperation with human traffickers.
“We are devastated by the Court's ruling of today,” Jugend Rettet said via Twitter: “The IUVENTA will not be free! But we will fight for the right to rescue of people in distress at sea”.
3. Child “Beaten in Unprovoked Attack”, Police Say Not “Cost Effective” to Investigate
A mother said she has filed a formal complaint to police after they refused to investigate a vicious alleged attack on her 12-year-old daughter stating it would not be “cost effective” and that “crime has gone through the roof”.
Victoria Woods said her daughter Isabelle was punched, kicked, and thrown down a hill in Wildmoore Avenue Park, Oldham, on Wednesday in an unprovoked attack after she was set on by a group of around 15 youths — none of whom she knew, Manchester Evening News reported.
Speaking amidst claims police had lost control of the streets — with complaints Hyde residents were being “held to ransom” by gangs of thugs — the police chief said that officers were prioritising “murders, serious sexual offences and terrorism” over investigating less serious crimes.
So-called hate crime, however, is taken very seriously by GMP, which says it takes a “victim-centred” approach to investigations and regularly holds awareness campaigns dedicated to driving up the number of reports.
4. British woman “held as a sex slave for two weeks in Italy where she was raped by three men manages to escape after calling her family for help”
A British woman allegedly held as a sex slave in Italy and raped repeatedly by three men managed to escape after calling her family for help, police say.
The woman, from the north of England, originally met Mamadou Jallow, a migrant from Burkina Faso, on Facebook and travelled with him to Rosarno, south-west Italy.
But when she arrived, she was allegedly held against her will, raped repeatedly and had her mobile phone taken away. Two more men, from Mali, also abused her at the house, it has been claimed.
The woman, 39, was only able to escape when she managed to get access to her phone and made a secret call to her family for help. Eventually she escaped through a window and made her way to safety with the help of police.
5. Facebook reveals definition of what constitutes “Hate Speech”
We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.
We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disability or disease. We also provide some protections for immigration status. We define attack as violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation. We separate attacks into three tiers of severity, as described below.
6. “May Allah destroy all your houses and burn you all!”
In one of the most brazen attacks on Egypt’s Christians, a Muslim man slaughtered a Christian bishop in broad daylight. Security camera footage captured a man with a large butcher knife chasing and stabbing Bishop Samaan Shehata—including in the head, neck, and torso—in the streets of Cairo on October 12.
According to eyewitnesses “the assailant had seen Shehata in his car, forcibly stopped him, ordered him out and then started to stab him in the neck and torso. Shehata fled, and the attacker followed him into the warehouse and finished his attack there with several blows to the head.”
Then, while standing over his fallen victim, “the assailant used the bishop’s blood to form a cross on his forehead.” It took 90 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, and “the bishop was alive for half an hour after being struck and could have been saved if the ambulance had arrived timely.”
7. Greece in FLAMES: Migrant protests in Lesbos SPIRAL out of control - riot police deployed
PROTESTS in Greece spiralled out of control last night as migrants and ultra-nationalists clashed at a series of fiery protests and counter-protests on the island of Lesbos.
Riot police were deployed on the island of Lesbos as desperate migrants called for better conditions and permission to travel to mainland Europe.
Residents and ultra-nationalists held counter-protests before the two groups clashed, leaving 12 injured.
Violence broke out when 200 members of the far-right Patriotic Movement attacked migrants with stones, glass bottles and fireworks.
A short time later left-wing campaigners rushed to the aid of migrants.
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8. Parliament Offers “Islamist” Group Opportunity to Create Official “Islamophobia” Definition
MPs are to write a report on identifying a “working definition of Islamophobia”, appealing to hard-line Islamist and far left, Soros-funded groups to contribute.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims launched their “appeal for evidence” Monday, describing “Islamophobia” as a form of “group based hatred or hostility” comparable to racism.
Their letter does not acknowledge there might be rational reasons to have reservations about rising levels of radical Islam and the growing influence of Islam in the West generally.
The call for submissions also only mentions free speech concerns at the end, in passing, describing them as “questions possibly outside the scope of this report”.
They aim to develop a definition of Islamophobia that can be “widely accepted by Muslim communities, political parties, and the Government”, the document adds.
9. VIDEO: Blocking Illegal Migrants In The French Alps
Brittany Pettibone reports from the Franco-Italian border on Generation Identitaire’s action to block migrants illegally crossing the border.
10. French Muslims blast anti-Semitism letter as attack on Islam
PARIS (AFP) - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly “put on trial”.
The open letter published Sunday in the Parisien newspaper blamed “Islamist radicalisation” for what it said was “quiet ethnic purging” in the Paris region, with abuse forcing Jewish families to move out.
After a series of high-profile attacks on Jews, Muslim leaders contacted by AFP acknowledged that anti-Semitism was a problem in France.
But they charged that the nearly 300 signatories, who included ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Manuel Valls, were blaming a whole religion for the actions of an extremist minority.
“The only thing we can agree on is that we must all unite against anti-Semitism,” said Ahmet Ogras, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith umbrella group.
Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, said the manifesto “subjected French Muslims and French Islam to an unbelievable and unfair trial”.
“It creates a clear risk of pitching religious communities against one another,” he said in a statement.