1. Netherlands: Man with Palestinian flag attacks Jewish shop, smashes windows
Police have arrested a 29-year-old man who smashed the window of a kosher restaurant in the south of Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The man, who was waving a Palestinian flag and a piece of wood, smashed several windows in the Hacarmel restaurant shortly before 11 am.
One eyewitness told DutchNews.nl she saw the man surrounded by around 10 others. “The atmosphere was definitely threatening,” she said. Restaurant owner Daniel Baron told broadcaster RTL Nieuws that the incident had really shaken him up.
“The consequences of what Donald Trump said have come very close to home,” he said.
On Wednesday Trump announced that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the US would be moving its embassy there. Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra was one of dozens of politicians describing the move as ‘unwise’ and ‘counterproductive.’
2. Austria: Muslim man arrested for plotting terror attack on Graz Christmas market
A Bosnian Muslim man has been arrested at an emergency shelter in Graz on 1 December.
According to a police spokesman, others saw him watching videos of Islamic terror attacks in Nice and on Berlin’s Christmas market.
Witnesses also heard him talking about 'Berlin and death'.
The 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of planning a similar terror attack on a Christmas market in Graz. The suspect visited several mosques but it is unclear if he was radicalized, police said.
3. Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Cristina Kirchner for 'covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead'
A judge in Argentina yesterday ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner on charges of 'treason against the fatherland.'
She is accused of covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.
No culprits have ever been found for the country's worst terror attack.
Kirchner allegedly offered immunity to Iranian suspects in exchange for Iranian oil.
4. German federal police arrest large number of left wing activists in multiple cities in Germany this week over violent G20 riots
5. Google puts video made by Polish Government in “Youtube Jail”
Google has put the original video made by the Polish Government, posted yesterday in the top 10, in a limited state, sometimes referred to as "Youtube Jail". This is an official government policy video about immigration and is opposed to the unelected EU policies of forced migrant relocation, which is actually illegal by the EU's own laws.
The video can be seen here for now:
6. Bulgarian Parliament Moves to Criminalise Radical Islam, Support of Jihad, Sharia, Caliphate
The Bulgarian parliament has moved to criminalise the promotion of radical Islam, including advocating a caliphate, religious violence, and sharia law.
The legislature adopted the amendments to the nation’s criminal code aimed at tackling radical Islam on their first reading this Wednesday.
They were proposed by a nationalist electoral alliance called the United Patriots (UP).
Promoting any ideology of violence or one threatening the law and constitution of the nation could be punishable with one to five years in jail and a fine of around £2,000, the Bulgarian newspaper Dnevnik reports.
7. Vandal who left bacon inside mosque gets 15 years in prison
A man who vandalized a Central Florida mosque by smashing windows and lights with a machete and leaving bacon at the scene pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to a place of worship.
The state attorney's office serving Brevard and Seminole counties said Michael Wolfe was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation after he pleaded guilty Tuesday. The sentence had a hate crime enhancement.
The 37-year-old was sentenced as a habitual offender. Titusville police arrested Wolfe in January 2016 after the New Year's Day vandalism. A surveillance video showed him smashing lights, cameras and windows with a machete.
8. US: Student suspended for debating Islamic extremism with Muslim peer in debate club
Officials allegedly said it could be ‘harassing,’ told him to observe ‘social cues’
A Missouri high school that suspended a student for making critical comments about Islamic extremism says he’s not allowed to appeal the finding of wrongdoing.
Senior Alex Lonsdale, a member of Liberty High’s nationally ranked debate club, says he was just trying to have a friendly debate.
During his free period Oct. 17 at the public school near Kansas City, Lonsdale joined a spontaneous conversation among acquaintances about the nature of Islam.
A Muslim sophomore also in the debate club, Faraz Pervaiz, allegedly challenged Lonsdale’s viewpoint on account of his own religious beliefs.
Both students had experience debating policy issues in the club, currently ranked second in the nation by the National Debate & Speech Association, where Liberty competes annually during its national competition.
But the impromptu debate on Islamic extremism, by Lonsdale’s retelling, turned into a raucous imbroglio.
‘Emotionally unsafe zone’
Three days after the short-lived debate, Alex Lonsdale was called into a meeting with the principal, vice principal and Pervaiz, where he said he was asked to explain the statements that Pervaiz alleged he made.
9. Israel strikes Gaza militant posts after rockets fired at Israel: army
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Thursday that an aircraft and a tank had targeted two posts belonging to militants in the Gaza Strip after three rockets were launched at Israel.
Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations on a day of heightened tension following demonstrations in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank as Palestinians protested at U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Two rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell short inside the Palestinian enclave earlier in the evening and a third, fired later, landed in an open area in Israel causing no casualties or damage, an army spokeswoman said.
10. Geneva bans burkini and topless bathing in city’s swimming pools
Geneva authorities on Tuesday voted in favour of a new rule defining the attire people may use to swim in the city’s pools after a long-running argument.
Under the new definition, swimmers must wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit which comes down no lower than knee level, keeps arms bare and is not a “swim skirt or dress”, reported La Tribune de Genève.
The definition effectively bans swimmers from wearing a burkini or bathing topless, which had both been allowed under a previous rule that only came into effect in September.
On Tuesday city authorities voted by 41 to 30 in favour of a new definition for swimwear that effectively outlawed the burkini and topless bathing.
The move was condemned by many, including Christian Democrat Alia Chaker Mangeat who said it would 'create a new controversy,' and could fuel the argument of extremists.
Socialist councillor Sami Kanaan deplored the new ruling, saying it constituted the 'denial of an open, multicultural and liberal Geneva'.