An Ethiopian who served as imam at a mosque in Winterthur has been found guilty of inciting violence after calling on worshippers to murder non-practising Muslims.
The 25-year-old was handed a non-custodial sentence of 18 months and banned from Switzerland for 10 years, according to news reports.
The Winterthur district court found the defendant guilty of three counts of public incitement to crime and violence, multiple depiction of violence, and working without a permit.
The court found it proven that during Friday prayers on October 21st last year at the An’Nur mosque the accused called for the killing and burning of Muslims who refused to take part in communal prayers.
The inevitable backlash has arrived. After years of encroachment on French secularists’ values, citizens are pushing back. Not simply through social media or the press, but the very streets themselves. Their target? Perhaps the most visible symbol of the deepening cultural divide: Friday street prayer.
In fact, things are getting so testy that Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has intervened. In a move meant to quell secularist anger over religion creeping into society, France announced an immediate halt to street prayer in the Paris suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne. “They will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying,” Collomb told Questions Politics.
Everyone wants to know what on earth is going on with homegrown jihadists here in Canada and so far they’ve got more questions than answers.
This past week the issue garnered renewed attention after multiple back and forth exchanges in the House of Commons over whether we should be treating our own jihadists, freshly returned from the battlefields, with kid gloves via unproven reintegration programs or try our hardest to charge and convict them of serious Criminal Code offences.
Terrorism exists in many forms and with many motivations. However, terrorism as a weapon of the instruments of radical Islam is the best organized and directed of all such deadly groups in the modern era.
Less than a year ago, the focus of counter-Islamic terrorism was based on the fact that very few terrorists acted as “lone wolves” or, as they are known in intelligence jargon, “singletons.” That perception has changed dramatically. It’s now realized that a wholly new tactic requiring little training and organization presents an even more dangerous threat than the earlier operational approach of carefully organized, vetted and trained small “professional” groups.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The United States has called on Pakistan to arrest and charge an Islamist cleric accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks on India’s financial capital.
Pakistani authorities acting on a court order Friday freed Hafiz Saeed from nearly 11 months of house arrest in the eastern city of Lahore. The detention had stemmed from the terrorism allegations against the firebrand cleric.
Washington has been offering a $10 million reward since 2012 for information leading to Saeed’s arrest and conviction.
LONDON — Islamic State militants have lost the last of their strongholds, but for Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, a new battle is just beginning.
Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is unveiling a harrowing memoir, “The Last Girl,” about her ordeal as a sex slave.
Murad’s disturbing personal account is part of her effort, represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, to bring Islamic State members to justice for war crimes and genocide against the Yazidi people.
“This is not something I chose,” Murad, 24, said in an interview in the lounge of a posh London hotel. “Somebody had to tell these stories. It’s not easy.”
Islam is a barbaric cult that condones Sex Slavery: Yes, boys, you CAN have sex slaves: Outrage as British Muslim cleric at mosque where Cardiff jihadis were radicalised tells teenagers that ‘captives’ are permissible under Islam in vile sermon
Britain will not be safe from Islamic State terror attacks while the extremists’ “virtual caliphate” survives, one of the Prime Minister’s top security advisers has warned.
Patrick McGuinness said that as the remnants of the area under the militants’ control – self-described as the ‘caliphate’ – are swept from Iraq and Syria, the web has now become the front line against the group.
Counter terrorism experts told a conference at the Royal United Services Institute in London that the priority was to now destroy the “virtual caliphate”
Islamic State is stepping up a ‘White Australia’ policy of recruiting non-Muslim extremists who can leave the country without raising the suspicion of anti-terror police, an expert has warned.
Radicalised supporters of the terror group are posting lists of potential targets and hoping ‘white Australians’ will take up the cause and attack the western world, the Herald Sun reports.
Dr Robyn Torok from the Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute said while they are predominantly focused on Muslims or their supporters, the group is open to extorting non-religious Aussies too.
Families of British jihadists say they are victims who suffer social isolation and trauma. Now they are launching their own support group to help cope with losing loved ones who have fled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).
Fighters like Thomas Evans, 25, left their families to join the ranks of IS, exposing their relatives to the scrutiny of police and intelligence services, as well as the stress of dealing with being related to a terrorist. Evans was killed in 2015.
“Then Wojtyla changed tone, and making me privy to one of his night-time visions, told me, ‘Tell this to those whom you will meet in the Church of the third millennium. I see the Church afflicted by a deadly scourge. Deeper, more painful and more deadly than those of this millennium’, referring to … communism and Nazi totalitarianism. ‘It’s called islamism. They will invade Europe. I saw the hordes coming from the West to the East’, and he described to me the countries one by one: from Morocco to Libya to Egypt, and so on to the eastern parts. The Holy Father added, ‘They will invade Europe, Europe will be like a cellar, old relics, shadowy, cobwebs. Family heirlooms. You, the Church of the third millennium, will have to contain the invasion. Not with armies, armies will not suffice, but with your faith, lived with integrity.’ ”
Update: Egypt mosque attack – live updates: Bomb and gun assault in North Sinai leaves at least 155 dead
Suspected militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province, killing 54 people, the state news agency says.
Witnesses told Egyptian media it happened in the town of Bir al-Abed near al-Arish during Friday prayers.
Local police said men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers, AP reported.
Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the region, which has intensified since 2013.
Some 75 people were also wounded in the attack, health officials said.
A Melbourne disability pensioner charged with funding Islamic State fighters in Syria has been freed on a $50,000 surety.
Isa Kocoglu was bailed on Thursday on strict conditions banning him from contact with ISIS sympathisers and social media, except to contact family members.
The 43-year-old married father from Hampton Park is charged with supporting persons engaged in hostile activity in Syria.
A terror plotter who offered to wear a suicide vest and “press the button on the same day” has been jailed.
Mubashir Jamil, 22, was convicted of preparing acts of terrorism after being caught in a covert police operation.
During his trial, the Old Bailey heard he wanted to join so-called Islamic State (IS) to rid himself of “evil spirits”.
Jamil, from Luton, was jailed for six years, part of which will be served in a secure hospital.
This is the moment police officers fired a warning shot at a knifeman who allegedly shouted Allahu Akbar after threatening several passers-by.
The tense situation started yesterday morning in Urk, a traditional fishing town in the heart of the Netherlands, when he entered a petrol station at around 8.30am looking confused.
He then ran outside and threatened passers-by whilst shouting the Arabic phrase which translates to ‘God is greatest’, according to witnesses.
November 23, 2017 (Turning Point Project) — One of the big mysteries of our day is how so many supposedly enlightened Catholics have managed to get it so wrong about Islam for so long. It’s understandable that in the 1960s, when the Islamic world was relatively quiescent, Catholics might entertain the high hopes for Islamic-Catholic relations expressed in Nostra Aetate. But this is 2017 and in the intervening half century a lot of water has passed under the bridge.
Given all that has transpired in the interim—9/11, daily terror attacks, the accelerating Islamization of Europe, and the development of nuclear weapons by Pakistan and Iran—it seems that Catholics deserve to know more about Islam than the brief treatment presented in Nostra Aetate or the even briefer treatment in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism’s forty-four words on the subject end with the reassurance that “together with us they [Muslims] adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day” (842). Unfortunately, that has been interpreted by a good many clergy and laymen to mean “go back to sleep and don’t worry about a thing.”