Monday, February 29, 2016

How Dutch Railways Benefitted from Transport of Jews During the Holocaust

A TV program, based on a document in the US national archive, exposed that the Dutch railways earned 2.5 million euro in current monetary equivalent for transporting 100,000 Jews during the Second World War, 95% of whom were exterminated.  During the war, 93 Dutch trains brought Jews to the Dutch transit camp in Westerboerk, and from there transported the Jews to the Dutch border, where the trains were taken over by the Germans.  In 2005, the Dutch railways offered apologies for their role in the war, but have not to date offered compensation for the victims.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Government refuses to prohibit Salafist organizations

The cabinet has decided not to prohibit Salafist organizations.  In addition, no new laws will be legislated against intolerance and the preaching of hatred within Salafist currents in the Netherlands.  The ministers oppose such laws, as individual freedom is entrenched in the Dutch state laws.  The cabinet claims that intervention in specific cases may already be carried out through existing laws.  Such cases include preparation or facilitation of terrorist activities including incitement, recruitment, training and conspiracies, specifically incitement to hatred, violence and other forms of discrimination. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Islamic State Bomb used Raw Material from the Netherlands

In a bomb of the Islamic State movement a raw material hydrogen peroxide made by Solvay in the Netherlands has been found. This was reported by Conflict Armament Research, an organization which monitors the use of weapons and ammunitions. The material was used by IS in the Second battle for Tikrit. Solvay says that it has supplied the product to a reliable American client and delivered it in Turkey.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Telegraaf Daily: Problems in Additional Dutch Prisons

The Telegraaf daily reports that major problems in Dutch prisons are not limited to the one in Alphen aan den Rijn, as earlier reported. Personnel in the prisons in Ter Peel and Vught have told journalists about major problems there as well. The Government’s Inspectorate for Security and Justice has just published a report on the Vught prison which says that there are no problems with security or with silencing abuses. Yet the report admits that in the morning not all entering personnel is checked. It also states that not all cars can always be checked due to too much traffic.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dead Pigs found at Possible Asylum Center Location

Two dead pigs were found at a possible asylum-center location in Lunteren in the municipality of Ede. The mayor of Ede said it was a scandalous act. A day earlier there had been a demonstration against asylum seekers coming to Ede. A Pegida movement leader was arrested because he wore a pig-headcovering.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Alphen aan den Rijn: Criminals control Prison Departments

Various departments in the prison in Alphen aan den Rijn are controlled by by wealthy and influential criminals who are jailed there for many years. This has been told confidentially by prison guards to the daily Telegraaf. Corrupt guards smuggle weapons, smartphones and drugs into the prison.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

326 Soccerfans arrested. Lawyer advises them not to plead guilty

Before the premier league soccer match between Feyenoord and Roda JC in Rotterdam 326 Feyenoordsupporters were arrested. They had marched against the Feyenoord management after the club lost a number of consecutive games. Football lawyer Frank van Ardenne has advised the supporters not to plead guilty nor pay the fines imposed on them under criminal law. This would give them a criminal record. He claimed that administrative law should have been used to stop the demonstration.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Municipal Council Votes against Asylum Seeker Center

The municipal council of Bernheze has voted against the establishment of a 500-bed asylum seeker center in the Heesch area.  There was much opposition to the asylum seeker center, which had been scheduled to function in the area for a 10-year period.    Demonstrators even strung pig carcasses up at the planned site.  The municipal council however said that the community should receive more refugees than the legal minimum.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dutch Soccer Association (KNVB): Proof of Game Fixing

The Dutch Soccer Association (KNVB) has now confirmed that in 2009, a premier league game between Utrecht and Willem II was fixed.  This is the first time that this has happened at such a high level.  The KNVB says that a Singaporean, who has been fixing games worldwide, was behind the fixing of this particular match.  The key player involved was Ibrahim Kargbo, from Sierra Leone, who was playing on the Willem II team at the time.  He is suspected of having involved two other Willem II players.  The KNVB considers it probable that a game between Willem II and the national team of Sierra Leone was also fixed.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Prime Minister: Insults against Soccer Player are Nauseating

At a darts game in Newcastle UK, spectators held up placards worded with texts such as “Kenneth NSB” and “Kenneth Vermeer should hang.” The NSB was the Dutch collaborator party during the German  Nazi occupation. Vermeer is a Dutch soccer player currently with Feyenoord Rotterdam, and previously of Ajax, Amsterdam.  The pictures were shown on Dutch TV.  Earlier at a game between Feyenoord and Ajax, the player had been hanged in effigy.  Prime Minister Rutte called the attacks on Vermeer nauseating.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Members of Special Police Unit Fear that their Shields are No Good

Members of the Dutch police and army rapid response teams are concerned that their shields are not strong enough to fend off shots from heavy automatic weapons.  Their French colleagues discovered that such bullets penetrated their shields when they stormed the Paris Bataclan theater when it was occupied by terrorists.  The Socialist Party has asked the Minister of Justice and Security, Ard van der Steur, to clarify the matter.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Local Labor Party Chairman has to Leave after Wishing Wilders Dead

Willem den Hertog, Chairman of the Labor Party in Katwijk, has tweeted “we all hope that Wilders dies from a heart attack in his bed, whether or not between the legs of a left-wing parliamentarian.”  He added that if Wilders were to be killed by a bullet, it should be large enough to be engraved with the words “from the grateful Dutch people.”  After the local and national Labor Party condemned his words, den Hertog resigned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Asscher attacks haters on facebook

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher receives daily hate mail via social media.  His Jewish descent on his father’s side is a particular source of vilification.  He has been called a “Zionist dog who prefers to creep into a Muslim cave rather than stand behind his own people.”  He has been compared to his great-grandfather who served the Germans in the Jewish Council during the occupation of the Netherlands.  Asscher has now attacked his haters on facebook.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Approximately 250 illegal marriages between children every year

A survey undertaken by Maastricht University and the Verwey-Jonker Institute found that every year about 250 illegal marriages are conducted between children.  The researchers say that it is very difficult to get exact figures because these marriages take place in closed communities.  Of the 500 child marriages in 2013 and 2014, about 160 took place between asylum seekers.  In particular in the Somalian community, such marriages happen relatively frequently.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Many Parties Demands Drastic Measures against Inflow of More Asylum Seekers

In a parliamentary debate, various political parties came out against accepting a massive additional influx of asylum seekers.  A majority considers that the current influx exceeds society’s ability to absorb newcomers, and that the cabinet has to take “unorthodox” measures in order to restrict further immigration, either in the national or in the general Western European context.  One of the parties supporting these demands is Prime Minister Rutte’s Liberals Party (VVD).  The Netherlands currently chairs the EU for its half-year term.

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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

20 anti-Pegida Demonstrators Arrested at Pegida Demonstration in Amsterdam

The anti-Islam organization Pegida arranged a demonstration in Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon, coordinated with demonstrations in London, Dublin and Prague on the same day.  Left-wing protesters mounted a counter-demonstration.  Some of them tried to force their way into the Pegida ranks.  Police arrested 20 people, most of whom from among the counter-protesters.  They were released the next day.  The Pegida demonstration had to be relocated from its original site due to a suspicious explosive device.  Police believe the device was planted by counter-protesters.  Police eventually called a halt to the Pegida demonstration. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Drugs and Threats in Rosmalen Asylum Center

In the temporary asylum center in Rosmalen, death threats, fights, fire-risk activities and frequent use of drugs have been present for months.  Tens of asylum seekers use drugs.  The governmental central body responsible for receiving asylum seekers (COA) says it knows nothing of any widespread breaking of the rules.  One Syrian asylum seeker said that the security forces are no help, as they run away when fights break out in the evening or at night.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Police Escort for Ambulances Entering Asylum-Seeker Centers

Ambulances summoned to the asylum seeker center in Zaandam will be escorted by police.  This was decided after police and ambulance workers were attacked by asylum seekers.  They had come to the center because a man had hurt himself and some said he had intended to commit suicide.  The situation was so unsafe that the ambulance workers and police left the center without the wounded man.  He was later brought outside by residents of the center so that he could be taken for medical treatment.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Homosexual Refugees Live in Life-Threatening Conditions in Asylum Centers

Janneke van Maanen is the interim chairperson of the LGBT advocacy organization (COC) in the Dutch province of Gelderland.  She says that homosexuals and transgenders live under life-threatening conditions in asylum centers.  Safe houses are urgently needed.  She reported that barbarian attacks occur in these centers of a kind previously unheard of in the Netherlands.  Excrement is put in people’s beds, clothes are burnt, people are beaten up and razor blades are used to cut others.  The COC report twenty complaints of harassment and threats nationwide.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Feyenoord soccer club to increase security following death threats

The Rotterdam first league soccer club Feyenoord will increase security in the stadium and on its training grounds in view of the death threats received by two of its players.  They may also step up security at these players’ homes.  The threats came following the club’s poor performance in recent weeks.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Police called in to Asylum Seeker Centers 4500 Times in 2015

The Dutch police has published a report showing that in 2015 they were called in approximately four and a half thousand times to handle problems in asylum seeker centers.  They were called in on 403 occasions in the Ter Apel center, and were summoned to Dronten 201 times. Police stated that as far as incidents per inhabitant are concerned, larger centers are in the same order of magnitude as smaller centers.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Firebomb Wounds Steward At Soccer Training Session

During a training session at the top soccer league club Cambuur in Leeuwarden, a supporter threw a fire-bomb into the field.  A female steward who tried to remove the projectile sustained an injury to her ankle and had to be operated.