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Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

The “Jewish nation state” bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest. It also states that the “whole and united” Jerusalem is its capital. Israeli Arab MPs condemned the legislation but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised it as a “defining moment”. The …

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Austria to expel ‘several’ imams, shut 7 mosques

Austria will expel “several” foreign-funded imams and shut seven mosques in a crackdown on “political Islam”, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday. Kurz said the moves came after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into images which emerged in April of children in Turkish-backed mosques playing dead and reenacting …

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Denmark bans burqa, niqab

Denmark has joined some other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not …

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Boys aged 12 and 15 gunned down in London

Two boys aged 12 and 15 were gunned down in broad daylight in London on Sunday, the day after another teen was shot dead, police said, as the British capital grapples with a surge in violent crime. London’s Metropolitan Police said the pair were taken to hospitals after officers found …

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‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters shock UK communities

The anonymous letters arrived this weekend in plain white envelopes with second-class stamps, and were sent to people in at least five communities in England. Inside was a message so hateful that it has sent ripples of alarm across the country and prompted a national counterterrorism investigation. The message says …

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The rapprochement between India and Israel

By Geoffrey Cook*   The friendly ties between India and Israel are only about twenty years old whereas rapprochement  started haltingly five years earlier in 1992.  They have become most friendly with the rise of the Narendra Modi and his Islamophobic BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) during 2014. Today their ties …

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‘I just don’t like Muslim people’: Trump appointee resigns after racist, sexist and anti-gay remarks

An appointee of President Trump has resigned from the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs after remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants surfaced in the news media. Carl Higbie lasted less than six months as the chief of external affairs in the Corporation for …

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Rights groups challenge Quebec niqab ban

Muslim and civil rights groups on Tuesday challenged a Quebec ban on officials or anyone receiving public services from covering their faces, arguing it infringes on women’s and Muslim religious rights. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims asked the Quebec Superior Court to …

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Britain to limit acid sales after steep rise in assaults

Britain will limit sales of sulphuric acid and outlaw the sale of such corrosive substances to children after a spate of assaults and its possible use to make bombs, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Tuesday. Much to public alarm, the number of incidents where assailants have used acid has …

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Dozens arrested during neo-Nazi march in Sweden

Dozens of people were arrested on Saturday as neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, police said. The NMR gathered hundreds of people for the march. Membership in Nazi organizations is not illegal in Sweden …

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Avignon shooting: Eight injured near French mosque

Eight people have been injured in a shooting outside a mosque in southern France, officials have confirmed. Worshippers leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon were approached by two hooded suspects at about 22:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Sunday. The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a …

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UK man jailed after hitting Muslim teen with bacon

A British man has been jailed after hitting a Muslim teen with a slab of bacon after hurling insults at her and her mother. Alex Chivers was sentenced at a London court on Thursday to six months in jail for assault and a public order offense. The 36-year-old admitted to …

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Newcastle Eid celebration: Woman bailed after crash

A woman has been bailed after six people, including three children, were injured when a car mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people. The crash happened outside Newcastle’s Westgate Sports Centre where an Eid event was taking place. Northumbria Police said four people remained in hospital on …

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