1. Gaza rocket strikes kindergarten in southern Israel
A rocket fired by Gaza Strip-based terrorists hit a kindergarten in the southern city of Sderot on Friday. This was the first time in over 18 months that the city was hit by projectiles fired from the coastal enclave.
Three sirens rattled southern Israel on Friday evening, at 6:05 p.m., 7:09 p.m. and 9:55 p.m., alerting residents to incoming rocket fire.
The IDF said all three rockets appeared to have been aimed at Sderot. The first projectile was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system deployed in the area. It is believed the second rocket hit an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. The third rocket apparently hit the yard of the kindergarten and also caused some damage to the building.
2. Iraqis celebrate defeat of the Islamic State both in civilian celebrations and military parades
3. NEW NORMAL: Toronto City Council Installing Barriers To Prevent Terror Attacks With Vehicles
The politicians who publicly try to downplay the threat of terrorism seem quite worried about it.
Toronto City Council has voted to put barriers around Nathan Phillips Square, in a clear effort to protect City Hall from potential terrorist attacks with vehicles.
As reported by Global News, “Toronto city council wants to hold more consultations before considering beefing up security measures at City Hall. Council did, however, approve new vehicle mitigation measures for Nathan Phillips Square during its meeting on Friday. Perimeter posts will be installed to help protect the public if a vehicle were to mount the curb and target a crowd of people.”
This is obviously a response to the Islamist terror attacks around the Western world, including the recent attack in Edmonton where a terrorist used a car in an attempt to murder a police officer and pedestrians.
4. Israeli PM responds to harsh criticism by the Turkish dictator, Erdogan in clear terms
5. Bag of ammunition discovered near Christmas market in Berlin – report
A 'large amount' of ammunition was discovered Sunday evening near a Christmas market in Berlin, prompting the police to trigger a 'danger situation' alarm, Bild reports.
The ammunition, according to the publication, was discovered by a tenant of an underground car park at Spandauer Damm. The individual immediately alerted police. The munitions were allegedly found behind a stack of winter tires in a small plastic bag.
There were around 200 rounds of new 7.65 caliber ammunition, according to the report. The cartridges were in sealed plastic bags and in their original boxes.
The person who discovered the suspicious package turned it over to police. Local police then alerted state security authorities. Police contacted a forensic science unit to examine the evidence.
6. Speech by Tomio Okamura, leader of major Czech political party
Okamura gave this speech in July of this year ahead of October elections. They placed fourth in the election.
Tomio is hosting a major counter jihad meeting in Prague on December 15th, with many significant political attendees such as Geert Wilders, and Viktor Orban.
7. ‘Blackmail & nasty threats’ Poland's war with EU rages on as new PM takes swipe at bloc
POLAND’S incoming prime minister has fired a warning shot to the European Union after accusing the bloc of making 'nasty threats'. [...]
“We are a part of the European Union but we want to transform it, to re-Christianise it. This is my dream.”
He added: “We are building Poland as a strong, efficient state, but also a state that incorporates universal and Christian values.
“We will defend them, as well as our uniqueness, against the background — unfortunately, we must say — of laicisation [defrocking of the clergy] and falling into deeper consumerism, lack of principles, lack of values which is a prevailing feature now in Western Europe.”
8. Iran, Muslim Brotherhood Threaten Violent Reprisals for U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem
Top officials in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are calling for violent reprisals on the United States and Israel following President Donald Trump's recognition Wednesday of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city, a long-promised declaration that has lit a fuse in the Arab world.
Iran's Supreme Leader, as well as many in the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned Trump's effort to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and threatened increased attacks on the Jewish state and American assets in the region.
These threats were issued as Palestinians took to the streets in and around Jerusalem to violently protest Trump's move. Hundreds of Palestinian protestors clashed with Israeli security personnel on Thursday, amid a call from the Hamas terrorist group for Palestinians to take up arms.
9. Christmas Market Cancelled as Organisers Couldn’t Afford €20,000 Anti-Terror Barrier Bill
The Christmas market on la Croix-Rousse hill in Lyon, France, has been cancelled because organisers cannot afford the €20,000 security budget.
The annual Christmas market, with its stalls, marquee, and farm animals, has been cancelled because the cost of securing the site day and night was prohibitively expensive, whilst towns and cities across Europe are fortifying their Christmas markets with anti-terror barriers, reports Le Progrés.
“For the past year, requests to secure our events have increased,” explained Maïlys, the project manager for the southern French city’s merchants’ association.”
Multiple Christmas markets in Germany have also been cancelled due to skyrocketing insurance rates.
10. Explosion Port Authority NYC, said to be pipe bomb
There are reports of a possible terror attack in New York City, after an explosion was felt Monday morning in a Subway station near Times Square.
Commuters said they felt a blast in the Subway tunnels underneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal around 7:30am. The bus terminal is a major transit hub for people commuting to and from New Jersey by bus, and is located just a block from Times Square.
Police have taken one man into custody, who was carrying a pipe bomb with a battery back, a source told the New York Post. He was injured when the bomb malfunctioned, but is alive and in stable condition, according to the FDNY.
The NYPD said that so far, it appears that just the suspect was injured.
While the suspect has not been identified by name, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC's Morning Joe that he's a man in his 20s, possibly from Bangladesh.
He added that the suspect 'supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS' and that it was 'definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended'.
Manhattan Security Camera footage: