Saturday, January 31, 2015

Criminals Continue to Run their Activities from Jail

RTL Nieuws has obtained a document from the National Detective Service which shows that criminals are hardly hindered in the continuation of their activities from their jails. The document concludes that the police and the justice department are not able to deal with this “urgent”, “persistent” and “serious” problem. The research is based on the surveillance of 29 jailed top criminals. They can from their jail continue with trading in humans and drugs, blackmailing, killings and the influencing of witnesses.

Friday, January 30, 2015

News Broadcast canceled due to Intruder with Imitation Pistol

An intruder entered last night the building of the national News Broadcaster NOS. He threatened a security guard with an imitation pistol. Thereupon all people in the building were asked to leave. The police then arrested the man. The eight o’ clock news was canceled.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Authorities Neglected Psychiatric Problems of Suspected Murderer of Deputy Prime Minister

A year after the murder of former Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst, a suspect has been identified.  It now turns out that it was well-known that the man had psychological problems.  In 2012, the Rotterdam court sentenced him to three years in jail.  The court ruled that he should be arrested immediately, as he was a danger to society. Yet the suspect remained free until the 12th of January of this year, when he was arrested on suspicions of having killed his sister.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dutch Railways Earned Millions by Transporting Jews to Death Camps

A new document has been found which shows that the Dutch state railways earned 2.5 million Euro during World War II for collaborating with the Germans in the transport of Jews to camps (adjusted for inflation, this translates into tens of millions of Euros).  Amsterdam professor Johannes Houwink ten Cate says that the railways discussed the transport of Jews with the Germans as late as 1944, when they knew that these people would be murdered. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Large Numbers of Kalashnikovs Found in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Police Commissioner in Chief, Pieter-Jaab Aalbersberg, has said that the Amsterdam police has confiscated 33 Kalashnikovs within the past four months.  In total, the Amsterdam police have confiscated 300 firearms in the past six months. Aalbersberg said that over the past few years the trade of heavy weapons in the Netherlands had not been a priority of the police. He believes that this has to change.  In the Netherlands, Kalashnikovs are very often used for gang killings.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Prison Wardens Feeling Increasingly Unsafe

A study by a department of the Ministry of Justice has found that Dutch prison wardens are feeling increasingly unsafe.  Two-thirds of them say that the budget cutbacks of Deputy Minister Teeven have had “a negative” or “very negative” impact on the workplace safety of prison employees.  There is increasing violence on the part of the inmates.  In a radio program, several wardens said that the shortage of personnel has led to an atmosphere of fear among prison workers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Arson Burns Down Home of Ajax Fan Club

The police confirms that the fire which destroyed the home of the Ajax fans was due to arson.  The building has been entirely destroyed.  It was previously destroyed by arson in 2005, and in 2006, two men were arrested for planning to burn it down again.  The police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gap between Rich and Poor in Netherlands is Rapidly Increasing

As far as wealth is concerned, the richest 1% in the Netherlands own more than a quarter of all private wealth, which is an increase over the previous year.  Meanwhile, the lowest socioeconomic strata increased their debts.  These data come from the Central Bureau of Statistics, who states that the wealthiest 75,000 Dutch households at the beginning of 2013 had 26.6% of the wealth, as against 24% at the beginning of 2012.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Dutch Jihadist Killed Near Kobani

After Soufian Z., another jihadist from the Hague, Driss D., has been killed in the Syrian border town of Kobani. In the past, he had unsuccessfully tried to fight with Islamists in Chechnya and in Somalia. In 2013, he departed together with Soufian Z. for Syria.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jews Need Military Protection of Synagogues

The NIK, the umbrella organization of the Orthodox communities in the Netherlands, needs better security for the synagogues, which might mean military personnel protecting its synagogues, like is the case in Belgium and France.  Jewish communities all over the country sent letters to mayors requesting improvement of the security situation. The NIK says it receives complaints of insufficient police security from Jewish communities from all over the country.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Another Dutch Jihadist Dead in Syria

Various sources of the RTV Noord-Holland broadcasting company have informed it that the 27-year-old Dutch jihadist, Soufian el J., from the town of Huizen, has died in a Syrian hospital from the results of a bombardment, most probably the one where the Amsterdam jihadist, Achraf, was killed.  The Dutch National Coordinator of the Fight against Terrorism (NCTV) has not confirmed the death, even though he knows the sources of the information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thief Steals Daily on the Train for a Year

A criminal has been stealing from passengers, for over a year, on the train line between Apeldoorn and Hengelo.  The thief steals, on a daily basis, wallets, phones, and bags from passengers.  Train personnel discovered his regular thievery but can do very little against him.  They say that they have contacted the police and that the thief was thrown off the train, but that a few days later he was back on the train.  The train personnel have now published a photograph of the thief in order to warn their colleagues.  They also want to put the picture of Facebook.   

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dutch Soccer Players Bribed by Gambling Syndicates

At least two top-class games of the 2009-2010 season have been manipulated.  The games involved the Tilburg club, Willem-II.  Match fixers from Singapore bribed players a total of 100,000 Euros per game to lose games while maintaining certain scores. These facts result from an investigation held by the Dutch daily Volkskrant.  The football association, KNVB, will put in a complaint regarding this issue with the prosecutor’s office.  This is the first time that it has become publicly known that Dutch soccer games have been manipulated by gamblers.  In most other European countries, this has already been known to happen. Some say that these two cases are the merely the tip of the iceberg of match-fixing in Dutch leagues.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Amersfoort: Synagogue Halts Guided Tours Because of Tensions

The synagogue in the town of Amersfoort has temporarily halted guided tours in view of the tense situation created by the Paris killings and the Belgian shooting of jihadist terrorists. Security measures have been increased around the Amersfoort Synagogue. In the town of Nijmegen, security measures around the synagogue have been increased as well.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amsterdam: Jewish School Remains Closed in View of Terror Threats

The board of The Cheider, the Orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam which has 200 pupils, has decided to keep the school closed today, like the boards of other Belgian Jewish schools have, after the anti-terror actions of yesterday. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs says, "we do not want to create panic, but we also do not want to ignore the problems." The other two Jewish schools in Amsterdam have remained open. All three schools are in the Buitenveldert neighborhood, and have enforced very severe security measures.   

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Police Union: Number of Incidents of Extreme Violence is Rising

Gerrit van de Kamp, the chairman of the police trade union, ACP, says that the number of incidents of extreme violence in the Netherlands is increasing.  This can be seen, for instance, in the recent series of murders in Amsterdam.  He says that the police force should therefore have more officers equipped with machine guns.  Due to the many threats in the Netherlands, more police officers are busy with security.  The number of police officers should therefore be increased by 2,000.  Van de Kamp adds that the police should be given greater liberty in responding to extreme violence.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

World’s Biggest Ship, Named after Nazi War Criminal, Arrives in Rotterdam

The Pieter Schelte, the biggest vessel in the world, arrived in Rotterdam.  It is named after a Nazi war criminal, Pieter Schelte Heerema, a former officer of the murderous Waffen SS.  He was quoted as saying, “The German race is model.  The Jewish race, by comparison, is parasitic.” After the Second World War, Heerema served three years in Dutch prison for his collaboration with the Nazis. The Dutch government provided a subsidy for the building of the ship. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Amsterdam Free University Finally Cancels Anti-Semitic Debate

The Board of the Amsterdam Free University has finally cancelled an anti-Israel hate debate in its facilities. The organizers wanted to make the university Israel-free, i.e., that it should boycott Israel. In the margins of the proposed debate there were also Facebook calls to make the university Jew-Free.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Minister: No Guarantees That Attacks on Jews Can be Prevented

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Labor) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (Labor) spoke in an Amsterdam synagogue to members of the Jewish community, and assured them that their security is a priority.  However, Asscher also said that he could not give guarantees that further attacks would be prevented.  He also asked the Jews to seek contacts with the big Muslim groups in Amsterdam. [Comment:  The Labor party is a major inciter against Israel and as such, helps to promote the dangers to Dutch Jews.]

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amsterdam: Pro-Israel Demonstration Cancelled as Police Cannot Provide Security

A pro-Israel demonstration, planned for today in Amsterdam on the city’s main Dam Square, has been cancelled by its organizers.  In conversations with the Amsterdam municipality and police, the organizers were told that the security of the participants could not be assured.  The organizers aim in holding such a demonstration was to encourage full and honest reporting in the media with respect to Israel.  On their Facebook page, the organizers said that the demonstration would be held at a later date.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Football Referees Protest against Intimidation Tactics of the Football Association

Various referees have told the media that the Dutch Football Association, KNVB, uses threats and intimidation against them.  The professional referees have written to Minister of Social Affairs Asscher, as they don’t trust their own representative organization, BSBV.  Among the signatories was Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, who was the Dutch representative at the World Championship in Brazil. The referees only released information to the media anonymously, because they are afraid of revenge from the KNVB.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Damage Caused by New Year Festivities 50% Higher Than Last Year

The damage done to private homes and cars due to fireworks and vandalism around the New Year festivities is currently at 13 million euros. That is almost 50% higher than last year.  These results come from the Center for Insurance Statistics (CVS) of the Insurance Association.  The final damage will be much higher, because there is no information currently available regarding medical costs and the damage done to businesses and schools.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dutch Jihad Expert: Netherlands Even More Vulnerable than France

Ronald Sandee is a world-renowned expert on jihad who now lives in the United States.  In the past, he was a jihad specialist of the Dutch military secret service. Sandee says that the Netherlands is far more vulnerable to jihadist attacks than France, as there are far less police officers on the streets, and that the cutbacks in defense spending may make the Dutch military incapable of defending the country.  Sandee adds that Dutch businesses, ministries and institutes are not prepared whatsoever for such types of attacks. According to a police detective, the Dutch police officers are afraid of attacks, the more so as their weapons are limited to small pistols.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Forty Percent of Mosques Have Been Vandalized

Researcher Ineke van der Valk of the University of Amsterdam says that almost 40% of the about 475 mosques in the Netherlands have been vandalized within the past ten years.  The vandalism included graffiti, broken windows, or the hanging of a pig’s head within the mosque.  Van der Valk interviewed representatives of 86 mosque of which 58 had suffered from an incident, of which 1/3 occurred within the last year alone.  In the past few days, security around the mosques has been strengthened because of a call on a Facebook page, supporting the PVV, to burn down mosques, like what was done in Sweden. Van der Valk says that after the murder of van Gogh in 2004, there was an increase in such vandalism, which is increasing yet again due to the publicity around the Islamic State.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eye Doctor: Consumer Fireworks Should be Prohibited

During New Year’s Eve, seven people were treated at the eye hospital in Rotterdam.  Each one had an eye seriously damaged by fireworks.  The victims will either have reduced vision or be completely blind in one eye.  In some cases, an eye will even have to be removed entirely.  Eye doctor Tjeerd de Faber said that there should be a government prohibition of consumer fireworks.  He said so in the name of the Dutch Association of Eye Doctors.

Monday, January 5, 2015

More than 70,000 Complaints about Fireworks

Over the past few days, there were 71,582 complaints made to the call center regarding hazardous fireworks.  This has been said by Arno Bonte, a member of the Rotterdam municipality of the Green Left party.  The huge number of complaints was still 20% less than those of last year, which shows, according to Bonte, that government measures, such as the establishment of firework-free zones, are efficient.  The Green Left party’s aim is that no fireworks should be used by individuals, but rather that the municipalities should organize professional firework shows. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jihadist Preacher Calls on Dutchmen to Join Al Nusra

The Saudi preacher, Abdullah al-Muhaysini, has called on Dutch Muslims to go to Syria and fight for the jihadist cause.  He asked them to join Al Nusra.  In his video message, al-Muhaysini speaks about “the dirty democracy which the Syrian jihadists are staying from.”  The video has been posted on the internet by a Dutch jihadist.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Turkish Criminal Liquidated in Amsterdam

On New Year’s Eve the Dutch Turkish criminal Okan Fidan was shot death in the Northern part of Amsterdam. In 2010 also an attempt was made to kill Fidan. The Dutch public television NOS states that there is apparently no connection between this killing and the various recent murders in Amsterdam related to what is called the Mocro-Maffia

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Video Confirms: Dutch Jihadist Blew Himself Up in Bagdad

A video now confirms that the 19-year-old jihadist, Sultan Berzel, from Maastricht and of Moroccan origin, has blown himself up in front of a police bureau in Bagdad on November 12, 2014.  According to Islamic State, more than twenty police agents died in the suicide attack, and there were dozens of wounded. Berzel is the third Dutchman who has blown himself up on behalf of the Islamic State.  Shortly before the suicide bomb attack, he spoke to his father for three-quarters of an hour.  Out of Berzel’s Maastricht neighborhood, six to eight jihadis have already departed for the Middle East.