1. A Taste Ramadan free evening meal is being held in Birmingham - and is open to the public for the first time
[...] Confirmed attendees are councillors Babar Baz and Neil Eustace, West Midlands Police and representatives of several local churches including Stechford Baptist Church, All Saints Stechford and Corpus Christi RC Church. [...] "This is the first community iftar we have held in a church rather than a mosque and the first one we have opened up to the public. We hope to see people there from all walks of life."
He added: "This is a male-only event and the church has a capacity of 100 people.”
2. Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV gives green light to Muhammad cartoon contest in Parliament
Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV gives green light to Muhammad cartoon contest in secured PVV quarters of Dutch Parliament later this year.— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) June 12, 2018
So that’s what we’re going to do and organize! With cartoonist/ex-Muslim Bosch Fawstin!
Freedom of speech is most important of all!! pic.twitter.com/hOYdQBRLRl
3. Hungary PM welcomes Italy's refusal to let migrant rescue ship dock
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed a decision by Italy not to allow a charity vessel crammed with rescued migrants to dock in Italian ports, saying it showed a will to protect maritime borders “at last”.
4. Israel: Shin Bet: Stabbing attack in Afula was terrorism
A stabbing attack in northern Israel which left one Israeli teen seriously wounded on Monday was an act of terror, Israeli security officials confirmed Tuesday.
On Monday at around noon, a man in his 20s, later identified as a resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Jenin, repeatedly stabbed 18-year-old Shuva Malka at the entrance to the Aroma café in Afula.
The attack left Malka seriously wounded, while police managed to locate, shoot, and neutralize the terrorist, identified as Nur a-Din Shinawi.
Officials from Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, said Tuesday afternoon that they had confirmed suspicions the incident was an act of terrorism, committed for nationalistic reasons.
5. Court heard Calgary teen was sexually assaulted by three different men
The rape of a city teen at the hands of three men ended when she threatened to bite off the penis of one of her assailants, court heard Wednesday.
In a videotaped interview played at the trial of two of her alleged attackers, the then-14-year-old told a child abuse detective the trio took turns sexually assaulting her in the bathroom of a city home.
But after all three had forced themselves on her one tried to make her perform oral sex, she told Det. Mike Ruark in the Aug. 21, 2014 interview. [...]
On trial on charges of sexual assault and sexual contact with a minor are Abas Ibrahim and Omar Kromah.
A third suspect, Zakariya Abdow, was fatally stabbed on the Calgary Stampede grounds in July 2015.
The man originally charged in Abdow’s death, Rinato Toy, was slain in a hail of gunfire June 3, 2017, while he was on a basketball court with a group of other people.
6. EU REBELLION: French MPs back Italy decision to trash EU rules and TURN-AWAY migrant ship
EU MIGRANT policy suffered another body blow today after senior FRENCH politicians applauded Italy’s shock move to refuse to let a migrant ship carrying 629 refugees dock in Italian ports.
French conservative lawmaker Eric Ciotti said no French port should take in the Aquarius, the humanitarian ship stranded in international waters in the Mediterranean since Saturday.
“No French port – not Corsica, not Nice, not Marseille [should take in the Aquarius],” Mr Ciotti told the French television channel CNews, adding that the migrant ship should “head back towards the Libyan coast”.
“Do we want Nice to become the next Lampedusa?” he said, referring to the Italian island which has become a popular landing point for migrants. “I hope France will hold firm on this issue”.
Italy and Malta have both refused to let the rescue ship, whose passengers include 11 children and seven pregnant women rescued off the coast of Libya by the French charity SOS Mediterranée on the weekend, to dock, prompting the European Union and the UN’s refugee agency to call for an end to the standoff.
7. Muslim Prof at UConn orders students to remove shoes, say “Bismillah” to enter his office
University of Connecticut Professor Felix Coe tells a student to "get the hell out" for wearing shoes in his office, which he says is "a curse in Islam." A sign orders students to say "Bismillah" before entering his office. VIDEO can be seen HERE.
8. WARMINGTON: B'nai Brith files police complaint over Saturday's al-Quds “hatefest”
Ontario’s next premier has denounced “racist” and “anti-semitic” protests that took place at Queen’s Park Saturday, and vowed it won’t happen again on his watch.
“Blatantly racist or anti-Semitic ideology should never be permitted on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, or anywhere else in our province,” the soon-to-be 26th premier tweeted the day after the al-Quds Day rally and march which began at Queen’s Park and made its way to the United States Consulate on University Ave.
There was a Hezbollah flag on display complete with the picture of an assault rifle. There were signs calling Jewish people “racist,” partaking in apartheid and words calling for the “eradication” of Zionists.
B’nai Brith Canada is filing a police complaint.
“The annual al-Quds Day hatefest is a stain upon Toronto’s open and tolerant image,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada Sunday. “Particularly absurd is the fact that rally attendees – most of whom come from outside of the city – can shut down parts of downtown Toronto and distract hundreds of police officers from more important work, without paying any fees whatsoever.”
9. Mauritania cracking down on apostasy with mandatory death sentence
Mauritania (MNN) — There will no longer be mercy for those convicted of apostasy in Mauritania.
Previously, any Mauritanian who committed blasphemy or left the Muslim faith had three days to repent before they were punished. Penalties included prison terms or a death sentence.
However, a new law was passed on April 27th by the Mauritanian National Assembly. Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs explains, “This new law sort of becomes more stringent — that three days to repent disappears. Everyone is going to be punished. Even if you do repent, you are still going to be punished. And in the case of blasphemous remarks or sacrilegious acts, according to the law, the death penalty is now mandatory.”
10. FUREY: Trudeau just made a major pivot towards toughness with his Iran policy
It was a remarkable scene to watch unfold. On Tuesday afternoon, Canada’s Liberal cabinet rose to vote on a Conservative motion calling on the government to get tough on Iran.
There was every reason to believe they’d vote against it. Conservative Senators had previously brought forward similar legislation and it was defeated last month by Justin Trudeau-appointed Senators. So everyone figured they knew how Tuesday’s vote would go down: Conservatives in favour, Liberals mostly against.
Even Speaker Geoff Regan must have thought this. Because after he’d finished tallying the “yeas” from the Conservative side he then called to register the “nay” votes, as if he assumed the “yeas” were done. Then there were rumblings. Regan realized that maybe there were a few more “yeas” kicking around on other benches and reopened the count.
There were. And the first one to stand up was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself. Then the whole Liberal cabinet, followed by much of the caucus, stood up to vote in favour of the motion put forward by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis.