Monday, June 30, 2014

Green Left Parliamentarian Suspended by Party after leaking Confidential Information

Bram van Ojik, the head of the Green Left faction in Parliament has suspended parliamentarian Linda Voortman for one month. She had discussed the candidates for the position of National Ombudsman she had access to as a commission member with the other parliamentarians of her party, to which she was not entitled as these were confidential. Voortman claims that she did not leak this confidential information to the press. The presidium of parliament has now charged the National Detective Service of the Police to discover how the confidential information reached the press.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Minister: Monitoring Jihadists Top Priority of Dutch Government

Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs (Labour Party) has said that monitoring Dutch jihadists is a top priority for the Dutch government. Earlier he had said that many Dutch jihadists have joined the violent ISIS movement, which is active in Iraq and Syria. Timmermans said that around 130 Dutchmen have travelled to these countries, and 30 have returned to the Netherlands. Timmermans also said that it is a scandal how Iraq is governed and how poorly the military is directed.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Half a Billion Euro of Dutch Development Aid to South Sudan Wasted

Liliane Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Labor Party) said that ten years of diplomatic efforts and more than 500 million Euro of development aid to South Sudan have been wasted, due to the civil war which has lasted already for six months. Data indicate that only Afghanistan got more development aid from the Netherlands than South Sudan.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Hague: Member of Municipality Supports Terror Organization ISIS

Abdoe Khoulani, a member of The Hague Municipality on behalf of the Parry of Unity, expressed support for the ISIS terror movement in Northern Iraq. He also wrote, “Inshallah on the way to Bagdad to tackle the scum there.” Khulani added that he hopes that the ISIS resistance movement will overthrow the Iraqi government. Many pictures have become available worldwide about the mass executions carried out by the Sunni Muslim ISIS movement.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wilders: Dutch Government Sleeps on Jihadist Threat

Geert Wilders leader of the Freedom Party says that the Dutch government sleeps concerning the jihadist threat. He proposed that the general intelligence service AIVD should receive an additional half a billion Euro to monitor radical Muslims and in particular jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq. These people should be arrested and if they have double nationality they should their Dutch citizenship. The money should be taken away from the budget for developing countries. Wilders added that additional border controls should be instituted.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Israel may expel Dutch UN diplomat accused of assisting Hamas

The Dutch diplomat Robert Serry may be declared persona non grata in Israel. He serves as the special UN coordinator for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. According to the Israeli TV Channel 2 Serry was involved in trying to transfer tens millions of dollars to the Palestinian terror movement Hamas. Serry stated that it is discouraging that the Israeli government has doubts about his integrity.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Billions of Law Transgressions in Meat Industry Every Year

In 2013, animal breeders have transgressed laws at least 2.7 billion times. This was stated by two animal protection organizations. They gave many examples about chickens, calves, turkeys and pigs. According to Director Hans Baaij of the two organizations, 33 Dutch articles of law and European guidelines are transgressed in animal breeding regularly.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Foreign Minister: Many Dutch Jihadis Have Joined ISIS

In a letter about the situation in Iraq to the Dutch parliament Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans writes that many Dutch jihadis have joined the ISIS movement. During a press conference with his German colleague Frank Walter Steinmeier Timmermans said that he could not give any numbers. He also could not say anything about whether they were active in Syria or Iraq.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Safety in Dutch Meat Sector Secondary to Economic Issues

The Investigation Council for Safety has concluded that the risks of safety in the meat sector have become too large. Therefore the safety of the meat is secondary to economic considerations. The Dutch Food and Commodities Authority (NVWA) will start unannounced controls to investigate meat fraud. It will collaborate with the prosecution, customs, Europol and Interpol. The government says there may not be any risks for public health and food safety. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dutch Parliament Inquires about Illegal Buildings of Dutch King in Greece

The Dutch Parliament wants clarification from the government about its involvement in the Greek holiday villa of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. According to Greek media, there is illegal building on the land acquired by the Dutch state and “all Greek laws have been broken.” The same is true for the building of a private harbor next to the villa and a new hedge around the entire complex. A group of locals in the village of Kranidi is angry that three ministers have given permissions which break laws. A civil movement speaks about environmentally unfriendly behavior by representatives of a foreign state who are guests in Greece. This story recalls the problems around an earlier holiday villa which the King and Queen bought in Mozambique in 2007.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

One Hundred and Twenty Police Complaints against Labor Party Leaders

The Dutch prosecution has announced that 120 people have complained to the police about discriminatory remarks about Moroccans by Labor Party Chairman Hans Spekman and party leader Diederik Samsom. This is a reaction to the 5,000 complaints against PVV leader Geert Wilders who shouted with his followers in The Hague: “Less Moroccans.” Wilders said that Samsom said in Parliament that Moroccans have, “an ethnic monopoly” on hindrance. He has also related this to their religion. Spekman, according to Wilders, has said that Moroccans are “no good and should be humiliated in front of their community.” Wilders said that he prefers that no one be prosecuted, yet if he is prosecuted, these politicians who made more extreme statements than he, should be prosecuted as well.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Animal Party Criticizes Dutch Embassy Turtle

The Dutch Party for the Animals criticizes the turtle “Luis” of the Dutch Embassy in Brazil. The turtle forecasts the results of the

soccer games of the Dutch team in the World Championship for the embassy. Party leader Thieme demands that the turtle be freed. She said that if the Dutch play well, the embassy doesn’t need animals to forecast the results. A spokesman for the embassy replied that, “It is very good that Luis lives in the garden of the embassy for a year already. An employee bought him from an acquaintance, who otherwise would have made soup out of him. Luis now lives in a garden the size of five soccer fields.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Parliamentarian: Scandalous Behavior of Turks during Demonstration

Christian Democrat Parliamentarian Pieter Omzigt said that various slogans shouted during a demonstration by Turks against a monument in Almelo memorializing the Turkish genocide of the Armenians were scandalous. He gave as an example the slogan “Karabach will become the mass grave of the Armenian.” It was shouted by a speaker and repeated by the public. Omzigt also said that members of a military band who wore Ottoman uniforms were a provocation in view of the fact that the genocide was carried out under the Ottoman rule. Omzigt together with four other parties, SGP, CU, SP and PVV have asked the government whether they know anything about Turkish government pressure on mosques, foundations and organizations to participate in the demonstration. These parliamentarians also want Foreign Minister Timmermans to discuss the demonstration with his Turkish colleague.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thirteen Thousand Dutchmen have no Income, yet Live Royally

Dutch fiscal authorities are investigating 13,000 Dutchmen without any significant income, yet they own for instance, extremely expensive cars. These people have been identified through detailed investigations of data banks. In particular among inhabitants of trailer camps and members of motorcycle clubs such as Hell’s Angels and others, one finds such people. Initially, fiscal authorities will focus on the most criminal cases.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dutch Asylum Policy Attracts Foreigners

Former Parliamentarian Hans Gualtherie van Weezel is departing chairman of the commission which supervises the return of asylum seekers. He said that while the Dutch law concerning immigrants originally was quite severe, now a machinery has developed of lawyers, interest groups and politicians which creates exceptions. The result is that asylum seekers increasingly choose The Netherlands as a country to go to. Together with Germany and Sweden, that is The Netherlands. He concluded that it has become almost a mission impossible to make foreigners leave The Netherlands.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Ombudsman is Contested Already

The new national Ombudsman Guido van Woerkom got only 91 votes out of 144 parliamentarians present. He was the sole candidate presented out of 30 people who wanted the position. Various Dutch Moroccan organizations had opposed his candidacy because he said in 2010 that he didn’t want his wife to take a cab because it might have a Moroccan driver. At the time he had apologized for this. Normally, an ombudsman is selected by a wide commission of parliamentarians and has support from the whole parliament. Parliamentarian Harry van Bommel of the leftist Socialist Party said that 63% of the votes is too small a basis for an ombudsman.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Non-Western Dutchmen Send Extreme Hate Mail to Dutch Jewish Defense Organization

Esther Voet, Director of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) received a huge amount of hate tweets on Twitter after the murders at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. She says that texts like “Cancer Jews killed in Belgium” originate from 12-16 year olds of “non-Western” origin. “Anti-Zionist” has become a fashionable honorary title in The Netherlands. Voet added that CIDI is extremely worried about the return of Jihadi fighters from Syria. CIDI also filed a police complaint against the foundation “Stop the Occupation” of Gretta Duisenberg, (the widow of the former president of the European Central Bank) who refuses to remove an article about “The Jewish Control of the World Media” from their website.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jews in Disagreement with Minister after Brussels Murderous Attack

The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) says that there is a need for permanent security measures for the Jewish community in The Netherlands. Esther Voet, Director of CIDI said that she is happy with the temporary measures taken by the government after the Brussels murders, yet there is a continuous discrepancy between what Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice says about safety, and how Jews experience it.