Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Hague: Riot Police flee for Rioters but return

Major riots have taken place in the Schilderswijk in Den Haag, one of the most problematic neighborhoods in The Netherlands. Earlier in the week an arrested Aruban Mitch Henriquez had died, due to strangling by the police when he was arrested. The police were attacked with stones, bottles and firework. They fled and so did the tens of members of the special riot police unit. Later the police returned and removed the rioters. Furthermore a hundred people shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rector of Free University Ignores Extreme Incitement against Israel

The Free University in Amsterdam arranged a public meeting together with Students for Justice in Palestine (SRP).  This with the purpose of discussing a boycott of Israel.  One of the SRP inciters called Israel “a genocidal apartheid state”.  The president of the university board, Jaap de Winter, concluded the extreme hate-debate by saying that it was a beautiful debate, which fit the purposes of university perfectly.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police Have Difficulties Dealing with Criminals Murdering Each Other

Hanneke Ekelmans, head of operations of the Amsterdam police, says that the police requires additional legal support in order to prevent criminals from murdering each other.  It should be possible, she says, that criminals who are the targets of violence be kept from the streets much like mentally disturbed people.  She added that not only are the police charged with the task of preventing murder but of ensuring a safe environment for all citizens.  In recent killings, bullets hit buildings and cars of innocent people.  Ekelmans concluded that, “it is very frustrating that we can do so little.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Disclosure: In 1951, Jewish Children Kept Out of Classes Attended by Dutch Princesses

Historian Bart Wallet has found in the archives of the Dutch Jewish community (NIK) that in 1951, Jewish children were not permitted to attend classes where two of the then-Queen Juliana’s daughters went to school.  The Jewish community at the time checked the matter.  It turned out that the initiative wasn’t taken by the Queen, but by the school principal.  The Queen knew about it, however, and did not react.  Wallet explained that the Dutch environment after the war was so unpleasant and problematic for the Jewish community that its leaders decided not to go public with the scandal.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Politicians Threaten Police Unions with Court Case

Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur, together with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, have asked the police unions to cancel their planned “go-slow action” against the Tour de France, which starts next week in the Netherlands. They have warned the unions that if they continue with their plans, they will be taken to court. One of the planned actions is a major traffic control on the publicity caravan, which drives ahead of the cyclists.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Government Fails in Regard to the Mentally Troubled

The Hoekstra Commission has investigated and concluded that the police, the public prosecution and mental healthcare officials have failed in assessing the danger that mentally troubled people can cause to society. The Commission says that it is urgent that the situation be improved.  It investigated what went wrong with handling the mentally troubled individual who is now suspected of having murdered both former Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst as well as his own sister.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Military Serving Abroad Are Increasingly in Need of Help

The National Broadcasting Organization, or NOS, says that one can learn from data which the Minister of Defense has sent to parliament that the Dutch military, which fulfill missions abroad, have problems at levels which continue to increase.  In 2014, a total of 1,668 complaints were received as against 1,258 complaints received in 2013. The Minister of Defense supposes that this is due to the opening of a special service for veterans.