Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dutch Media Discussion on “Gangster Islam”

In some Dutch media, a discussion has started on a phenomenon called, “Gangster Islam”.  The psychologist, Timon Dias, writes that the synthesis between criminality, street life and Islamic religion is a unique European phenomenon.  One of its characteristics is that its members are criminals with a Muslim background who are not very religious, yet see themselves as part of the Muslim community.  However criminal they are, they will never say anything negative about Islam.  The Muslim ex-politician, Ibrahim Wijbenga, who warns of the growing influence of the Gangster-Islam, points out that many of the jihadis and the young Muslim extremists have a criminal past.  Wijbenga has often been threatened with physical violence, and has had to have police protection.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simon Wiesenthal Center Shocked by Hague Mayor Looking Away from Anti-Semitism

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has written to the mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, to express his shock that the mayor has allowed two extreme anti-Semitic demonstrations in his town, where calls for the murder of Jews were made .[A petition which wants van Aartsen to resign reached, at noon today, already 16,500 signatures.]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chief Rabbi Complains about Lack of Reactions of Churches Against Anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs regrets that the Dutch churches have not come out with a statement against the increased anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. A few days ago a stone was thrown through the window of Rabbi Jacobs’ home. He remarked that if Protestants had thrown a stone through the window of a bishop or a cardinal, he would have been at the forefront of those who would condemn it. (The talkbacks on the website included several hateful remarks against the chief rabbi.)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dutch Jihadist Shows Picture with Severed Heads

 The Dutch jihadi, Khalid K., born in Almere, who calls himself Abu Abdulrahman al Iraki, has put a picture of himself with a number of severed heads.  He departed in 2011 for Syria, and was wrongly thought to have been killed there.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thousands of Dutch Jews Suffer Anti-Semitism These Days

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has led to many threats against Dutch Jews.  According to a source which deals with the safety of Jewish citizens in south Amsterdam, cars are vandalized with swastikas.  Jewish families have removed the mezuzah – a roll of parchment which makes them identifiable as Jews – from their doorposts, in order to avoid becoming targets of violence.  The number of Jews who suffer from anti-Semitism in their environment is in the thousands.  Dennis Mok, the chairman of a security company, says that it provides security to 40 Jewish businesses and institutions. He recommends that all those who suffer from anti-Semitism should complain to the police.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dutch Mayor Wants Putin’s Daughter Deported from The Netherlands

Pieter Broertjes, Mayor of Hilversum, said on the radio that he wanted 29-year-old Maria Putin, the daughter of the Russian President, thrown out of The Netherlands where she lives with her Dutch boyfriend.  This is because of the Dutch frustration with Russia concerning the major plane crash in Ukraine, where a large number of Dutch were killed. Broertjes later apologized on Twitter, saying that his remarks were not wise and stemmed from a feeling of helplessness. [Broertjes, in the past, was the editor-in-chief of the Dutch daily, Volkskrant.]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dutch Papers Refrain from Reporting About Nazi Criminal Posters at Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations in Amsterdam

Major Dutch papers have not reported that at the pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Amsterdam there were illegal flags.  The site below shows pictures taken at the demonstration, which show banners with swastikas, posters which say “Jews are like Hitler”, and “Jews are Murderers and Commit a New Holocaust”, and a flag of the Palestinian terror organization, the PFLP.   A leading Dutch quality paper, NRC, quoted the police as saying, “there were no illegal signs or symbols”. [Earlier, the Dutch state television had to admit that it had intentionally deleted similar banners from its report on pro-Palestinian demonstration in The Hague.]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Hague: Municipal Council Member asks Allah for a tsunami over Israel

 Abdoe Khoulani, a Muslim member of the municipal council in The Hague, has expressed the hope on Facebook that the “Zionist settlement” Israel will be hit by a tsunami from Allah. He also hopes that David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister will “burn in hell". Earlier, he had expressed support for the Muslim terrorist movement ISIS.     

Monday, July 21, 2014

Provincial Liberal Party Criticizes Its Own Minister

Mieke Geeraedts, the faction chairperson of the Liberal Party in the provincial assembly of Brabant, has criticized the Minister of Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten, who is a member of her own party.  The Minister refuses to send additional police to the province in order to fight drug-related crime.  Other liberal politicians have also criticized the Minister on the same issue. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mothers of Srebrenica Say Condemnation of the Netherlands Not Severe Enough

 The Mothers of Srebrenica group, a grass-roots organization for the family members of those murdered in the Srebrenica genocide, claims that the judgment of the Dutch Court, that states that the Netherlands is responsible for the death of 300 people, is not sufficient. They are appealing against the judgment because they want the Netherlands condemned for all of the thousands of murders.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great Increase in Complaints About Anti-Semitism

CIDI (The Center for Information and Documentation Israel) has said that the number of complaints it has received has greatly increased in the past days.  This includes a complaint from a rabbi about hooligans who tried to throw stones through his windows. CIDI itself receives many hate calls every day.  On social media, the director of CIDI gets many anti-Semitic attacks against her personally.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Dutch Public Television Hides Anti-Semitism at Anti-Israel Demonstration

NOS, a Dutch Public Television news broadcaster has admitted that it has censored the swastikas at an anti-Israel demonstration in The Hague mainly attended by Muslims. They claim that these were carried only for a short time by a single person. [Which is untrue.] The Elsevier newspaper says that this attitude is inconsistent with earlier NOS reporting on right-wing demonstrations. It comments: ‘If expressions of anti-Semitism in 2014 have no news value anymore the question remains which incidents the NOS want to publicize and which ones not.”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Parliamentarian: Netherlands should admit Dutch Mistakes in Srebrenica

 Bert Bakker, former parliamentarian of the left liberal D66 party and Chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission on Srebrenica, has spoken at the national Srebrenica Memorial Day in The Hague.  He said that the Netherlands has difficulty to admit its mistakes of the past.  He added that we should recognize that in addition to the faults of others, and despite our good intentions, we failed, and we should accept responsibility.  We should recognize that we should apologize.  That should not only help the surviving family members, but also help to come clean with our past.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Politicians Criticize Mayor of The Hague for Inaction during Anti-Israel Hate Demonstration

Progress Party Leader Geert Wilders has said that the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, has failed concerning the anti-Israeli demonstration where swastikas were shown. He has put parliamentary questions to the government. So has the Van Klaveren faction. Christian Democrat Parliamentarian Van Toorenburg has criticized the Mayor as well.  Ester Voet, of the pro-Israel lobby, CIDI, criticized the politicians which participated in the demonstration, including the Labor Party politician, Fatima Elatik. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Hague: Swastikas and Jihad Flags at Anti-Israel Protest

In The Hague, on Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators protested against Israel.  Some of them carried placards equating the Israeli flag with swastikas.  Others carried placards with “Stop doing what Hitler did to you”.  There were also flags of ISIS, the terror organization responsible for murdering thousands in Iraq and Syria.  The meeting was organized by the Palestine Committee, and the spokesman of the Palestinian diplomatic representation addressed the crowd.  Many of the demonstrators were Muslims. The Dutch police stood by.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

20,000 Complaints about Damage due to Gas Exploration

Since 2012, 19,600 people have put in claims concerning damage from the exploration of natural gas by the NAM Company in the province of Groningen.  This was reported to Parliament by Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs. Until January 1 of this year, NAM has paid 50 million Euro damages, according to the Minister.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Many Elderly Feel Unsafe

Research carried out by Unie KBO, an organization of the elderly, concludes that among elderly people, there is great fear of becoming victims of a robbery, burglary or swindle.  It turns out that 28% of the elderly are afraid of a fire in their home, 27% are worried about robberies or burglaries.  The same percentage is worried being cheated. Surprisingly enough, people are less worried about falling, even though 2,500 Dutch elderly die after a fall.  Arno Hetzel, spokesman of the Unie KBO, says that the elderly in the Netherlands feel themselves to be increasingly less safe. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

General Dismissed because of ‘Undesirable Behavior’ toward Women

A general of whom only the first name has been given has been dismissed by the Defense Department because of ‘undesirable behavior’ toward female staff members. General Gert-Jan S. has for instance sent SMS messages with sexual content to them. Sources in the Defence Department were surprised that his behavior has not become public earlier.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Jihadis call The Hague Jihadi City

Jihadis call The Hague Jihadi City. With at least 200 members the group of radical Muslims in The Hague has as many supporters as the extreme right in the entire Netherlands. After the murder of Theo van Gogh in 2004 a Hague police team tried to arrest a radical Muslim in the Hague. They had a handgranate thrown at them. Ten years later the radical Muslims in The Hague are again in the news. From no other Dutch city departed as many jihadis for Syria – 33 in total – as from The Hague. For comparison: from Amsterdam about 10 jihadis went there.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Hague: Muslims Demonstrate in favor of ISIS Jihadi Movement

A group of forty radical Muslim men has demonstrated in the Schilderswijk neighborhood in The Hague in favor of the Isis Jihadi Movement in Iraq and Syria. They shouted slogans such as “ISIS is the best” and covered their faces in order to avoid being recognized. The demonstration also opposed the alleged police violence in poor neighborhoods in The Hague.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Consumer Organization: Often Mistakes in Home Care

Workers in home care often do not report on mistakes made, limit elderly people unnecessary in their freedom and are negligent in dealing with medications. These are some of the conclusions of the consumer organization Consumentenbond on the basis of 65 reports from the Health Inspectorate (IGZ) since 2102.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Defense Minister Removes Four Top Computer Systems Officials

Four top officials of the Ministry of Defense have been removed from their functions due to the problems in internal communication and computer systems of the Ministry. In May Minister Hennis asked an external consultancy firm to investigate the computer systems problems of the Ministry, The study found that the equipment and systems are obsolete. There was also poor communication between the departments. There was also a lack of vision in the field. A spokesman of the Minister said a few days ago: “With the current leadership we can not reach a necessary solution.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dutch Jihadi Movement Bigger than Ever

Minister of Justice and Security, Ivo Opstelten (Liberals) has said that the Dutch Jihadi movement is bigger than ever. It forms an increasing threat for national security. He wants to use all available means to fight the jihadists. Fourteen Dutch jihadists have died in Syria in the last two years, which shows that jihadism interests radicalized Islamist youths. According to the Dutch General Intelligence Service, 130 Dutch people have traveled to Syria and about 30 have returned in the meantime to the Netherlands.