Sunday, February 14, 2016

Parliamentary Questions on Omissions Concerning Anti-Semitic Attack

Parliamentarians Joram van Klaveren and Louis Bontes (VNL party) have put forward questions in parliament as to why information regarding the anti-Semitic motivation of a recent attack on an elderly couple was concealed when it was presented in a TV broadcast.  The Opsporung Verzocht TV program asked the public for help in finding the perpetrators of the attack on the elderly Blog couple, who were so severely beaten that they are now in a nursing home confined to wheelchairs.  The parliamentarians asked, among other questions, why the public prosecution, in preparing the program, remained silent about the anti-Semitic nature of the attack, and concealed the testimony of the female victim, who said she believed the perpetrators looked Arabic-Moroccan. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Soccer Player Complains About Hanging of His Effigy During Game

During a soccer game between Ajax (Amsterdam) and Feyenoord (Rotterdam) in the Amsterdam Arena stadium, an effigy of Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer was hanged.  Vermeer is a former Ajax player.  He has now complained to the police.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wilders: If I am killed, the Labor Party will be responsible

Labor Party leader Hans Spekman has accused PVV leader Geert Wilders of fomenting revolt.  Wilders responded that the Labor Party had learned nothing from the death of Pim Fortuyn, who was murdered after being demonized by the left.  The Labor Party was now demonizing him, he said, creating an atmosphere into which “a bullet may arrive.”  Wilders added “if that bullet comes, PvdA (Labor Party) will be engraved on the side.”

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TV Search for Criminals does not mention Anti-Semitic nature of Violent Robbery

The Dutch TV program Opsporing Verzocht has called for help in finding the attackers of an elderly Dutch Jewish couple in their mid-eighties.  The content of the program is determined by the state prosecutor’s office.  The assailants beat both victims severely in the process of the robbery, calling them “dirty Jews.”  Both are now confined to wheelchairs.  The program, however, omitted any mention of the anti-Semitic nature of the attack.  At the time, the victims had also said that the attackers appeared to be "Arabic-Moroccan."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Investigation: Did Dutch bombardments kill civilians in Iraq?

Dutch F-16 planes have carried out 1300 bombardments in Iraq.  In two cases, civilians may have been killed.  These cases are being investigated.  The issue was reported in a document sent by the government to parliament.  The government also stated that if civilian casualties did occur, it will consider whether financial compensation should be made.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dutch authorities underestimate death threats against homosexuals.

The Dutch LGBT advocacy organization COC has once again approached the  governmental central body responsible for receiving asylum seekers (COA) claiming that homosexuals have been threatened with death in the asylum seeker camp Heumensoord, near Nijmegen.  One asylum seeker sent the COC pictures of threatening notes such as “kill gay” and “camp no good kill gay.”  Janneke van Maanen says that the media underestimates the severity of the threats.  She said “if nothing is done, people may be killed.  We realize that the number of incidents is increasing, and that the incidents are becoming more severe.”  The municipality of Nijmegen claims that it can guarantee the safety of refugees who bring complaints against those who threaten them.  The municipality does not want to establish safe houses as demanded by COC.  This is also the position of the Prime Minister’s party, the VVD, and the deputy minister in charge.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Murderer Claims Political Killing of Former Minister Commanded by God

A man accused of killing former Dutch health minister Els Borst two years ago has confessed, claiming that it was an order from God, as she was responsible for the Dutch euthanasia law.  She drafted this legislation in 2002.  Earlier, the murderer had admitted to killing his sister.