Arson attack on Islamic charity shop in Glasgow

The Glasgow branch of Islamic Relief has been badly damaged by a fire which police say was started deliberately. Owners of the Islamic Relief store said the incident followed threatening phone calls made during its Gaza emergency appeal in January. Politicians and leading Islamic figures condemned the attack as “despicable” and said it was lucky no-one was injured as there are flats above. Around £80,000 worth of damage were caused in the suspected racist attack.

Osama Saeed, chief executive of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation said: “This also shows not just a misunderstanding of Islamic Relief’s humanitarian work, but also the growing threat of Islamophobia”. Two men, aged 26 and 34, have now appeared in court charged in connection with the fire.

Dutch police arrest six over Amsterdam unrest

Police have arrested six alleged arsonists in an Amsterdam suburb in the wake of a week of violence following the death of a young man of Moroccan origin, a police source said Monday. “Police have again arrested three men suspected of intending to light fires” on Sunday evening, Amsterdam police said in a statement. The young men, 16 to 27 years old, had filled up an oil drum with petrol and one was carrying an illegal firecracker when arrested, it added. Police arrested three other youths on Saturday in possession of a bottle filled with petrol…