Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Coronavirus expected to cause increase in mental health problems

The national Social Cultural and Planning Bureau (SCP) says that the government needs to invest in mental health care as it expects an increase in mental health problems. The SCP says that people are at risk of mental health problems due to loneliness, losing their jobs or Coronavirus related trauma.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Angry Farmers block access to Eindhoven Airport


Farmers have been protesting for many months against Government measures. Most recently they are angry about agriculture minister Carola Schouten’s intention to ban them from adding proteins to their animal feeds from coming September. The minister wants to reduce nitrogen emissions to create more possibilities for housing and road construction. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Dutch Railway Company Heavily Criticized on Holocaust Reparations


During the Second World War, the Dutch National Railway Company, nowadays called NS, transported Jews to Dutch transit camps and from there to the German border.  Almost all, more than a hundred thousand, were murdered.  NS has made payments to survivors and their descendants yet there are many murdered with no descendants. A collective payment should be made for this according to an independent commission.  The NS has decided to make a payment of 5.6 million dollars divided between 4 Dutch memorial centers.  It has refused to sit down with Jewish organizations to discuss the collective payment.  This refusal has received major international publicity partly due to a publication of Associated Press.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/jewish-groups-angry-at-dutch-railway-over-holocaust-reperations/

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dutch Government will not offer apology for slavery


A bad tempered debate took place in parliament about a possible Dutch apology for slavery and the Dutch role in the slave trade. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that a formal apology could end up increasing polarization. In the meantime the cabinet has set up a special committee to look into slavery. During the debate the leader of the Green Left Party, Jesse Klaver called PVV leader Geert Wilders “an idiot.” Wilders called Klaver a “political hooligan with party members who voted for communist mass murderers.: Esther Ouwehand of the Party for the Animals compared turning a blind eye to racism to racism with conditions in factory farms.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/07/no-apology-for-slavery-says-dutch-pm-in-bad-tempered-debate-about-racism/

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Amsterdam: New Report says Desperate Shortage of Toilet Provisions


Amsterdam has been acknowledging for the last 100 years that there are not sufficient toilet facilities especially for women and people with disabilities. This was mentioned in the Open Toilet Access Report published this week. There are currently only 112 open WC’s, 56 which are accessible to women and 50 accessible to handicapped.  During the Corona lockdown, a group called the Toilet Alliance has lobbied for more facilities to re-open across the country.  A spokesman for the Alliance said that Amsterdam like many Dutch cities is lagging far behind other international cities in toilet policies


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Declining Support for Dutch Government Coronavirus Policy

At the start of the crisis 65% of the Dutch population supported measures in place against the Coronavirus. It has be now declined to 44% according to the Namens Nederland survey. Almost all respondents called for measures to be relaxed further. Two out of five want all restrictions lifted.

https://nltimes.nl/2020/06/25/dutch-governments-coronavirus-policy-losing-support

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

UK Lawyers: Netherlands Funds Terror-Linked NGO


The UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) states that the Netherlands continues to support the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UNWC), a NGO which has multiple links with a Palestinian terrorist group. Two of its former employees are now on trial for a terrorist atrocity. Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, has failed to respond to questions put to her by UKLFI.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Eindhoven: Police told to act softly against Provocations


Mayor John Jorritsma of Eindhoven has given police instructions not to react to non-violent provocations at an anti-racism demonstration in early June. Gerrit van de Kamp, Chairman of the Police Union (ACP) said that these instructions have led to anger within the police. He added: “Public order is public order. The situation becomes confusing and annoying for policemen. This is arbitrary.” 
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2118050540/politie-moest-inhouden-bij-demo-black-lives-matter

Monday, June 22, 2020

400 Hooligans Arrested


A demonstration regarding measures taken against Corona in the Hague has been abused by football hooligans. Thousands of demonstrators peacefully protested regarding social distancing measures. Hooligans threw stones and smoke bombs at a mobile police unit and destroyed structures at building sites along the way. Most of them will be fined. A hard core nucleus are still under arrest.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Labor Party Cancels Acceptance of the IHRA antisemitism definition



After the parliamentary faction of the Dutch Labor Party (PvdA) had voted in favor of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, the party decided at their annual conference to cancel this. This is the first time a Dutch party has accepted and then cancelled the adoption of the definition.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Amsterdam: Explosion of use of weapons by minors



 
Amsterdam police are worried about the large number of incidences concerning youngsters with weapons.  In the last two years, in the Amsterdam area
, the number of minors involved in weapons incidences or arrested for possession of weapons has increased by 50%.


Monday, March 9, 2020

Shortage of Judges Lead to Delay of more than 20 000 criminal cases


Gerrit van der Burg, President of the College of Prosecutors General has said that due to a shortage of judges, 22,700 cases will not be heard this year. This while criminality is increasing and police attempt to deal better with the fight against crime. 2,200 of these concern cases where the prosecution are requesting at least one year jail time, for crimes related to drugs and violence. Among the reasons given, is budget cuts over the past several years and the increasing complexity of criminal cases. Van der Burg said that this is a societal problem and cannot only be reproached to the justice system.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Dutch Chief Rabbi Daily Target of Jew Hatred


Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs says that he is increasingly a victim of anti-Jewish incidents. People shout at him ‘cancer Jew’ or ‘Hitler.’ If he walks he sometimes hears “Yehoed, Yehoed.” These are usually people of foreign origins but also original Dutch people scold him.  He says that he takes into account that a physical attack on him will take place.  Police recommend that he should not use public transport.



Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dutch Authorities Issue Alert over Missing Pregnant Asylum Seekers


Dutch authorities have issued an alert over the disappearance in November and December of at least 25 heavily pregnant African women housed in asylum shelters in the Netherlands.  The alert was put out by the Expertise Center for Human Trafficking and Smuggling. Further investigation by the Guardian and Argos has revealed that women including unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and those with newborn babies continue to disappear on a weekly basis from asylum shelters across the Netherlands.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Slow bureaucracy leads to huge payments for asylum seekers


In the Netherlands money is being paid to asylum seekers if the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) does not treat an asylum request within six months. Deputy Minister of Justice, Broekers-Knol has written to parliament saying that the fines the IND has to pay this year are likely to reach €70 million as against a budget of €17 million.




Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Muslim terrorist insults court, spits at his lawyer


A Muslim terrorist, G√∂kmen Tanis was being tried for murdering four people and seriously wounding two you women in a street car in Utrecht last year.  During court proceedings he insulted the presiding judging and spat on his lawyer.


Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Portophone System C2000 of the Police has Many Problems

The worker’s council of the police states that in the entire Netherlands there are problems with the Portophone system C-2000.  The worker’s council calls this unacceptable and speaks about unsafe situations for policemen. A few days ago a policemen in Tilburg was attacked and could not get help via the system. The same happened earlier in Amsterdam.  The police management says that people are working day and night to repair the problem.
https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/agent-in-tilburg-drukt-tevergeefs-op-noodknop-tijdens-geweldsexplosie~abbb2cd5/

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Contrary to Prosecution and Judges Minister Calls Incident Antisemitic


Minister of justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus has said in parliament that the man who attacked with a knife in an Amsterdam market two Jewish colleagues had antisemitic motifs. This has earlier been denied by the prosecution and the judges.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Imam verbally attacks Parliamentary Inquiry Commission


A parliamentary inquiry commission in the Netherlands investigates the foreign financing of mosques. Imam Suhayb Salam of the alFitrah-mosque in Utrecht appeared for it and accused the commission of discrimination. He said to the parliamentarians: the law has given my rights and you are violating them. He refused to stand and take the oath.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dutch Train Conductor puts inappropriate Song about Jews on Train Loudspeaker



On a train leaving at night from Tilburg to Rotterdam burg a train conductor put on a song saying “From where come the Jews? From Israel, which is far away. Do also super Jews live there? Do Jews like soccer? As long as they support Ajax.” Ajax is the leading Amsterdam soccer club. A passenger on that train complained to NS, the National Dutch Railways The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) said that it was painful and stupid that this happened in a train of the National Railways. “It is unacceptable.” The NS  finally offered apologies.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Polish Auschwitz Museum Reprimands Dutch Distributor for Selling Nazi Books




The Polish Auschwitz Memorial Museum has called on Amazon and the Dutch distributor Bol.com to stop immediately with the sale of “hate mongering, horrible and antisemitic books.” These companies sell books of Nazi war criminals Heinrich Himmler en Julius Streicher. Bol.com understands the motifs of the request but has replied that it will not withdraw the books from sale.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Minister: We Should Not Gloss Over Allied Killings of Dutch Citizens



Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice said that he cannot justify that the authorities remain silent about the mistaken bombardment on February 22, 1944 by the Allied Forces of the Dutch town of Nijmegen in which almost 800 civilians were killed.  He said so at the annual memorial for the massacre.  He referred to the silence of the government in London and later governments until the 21st century.  He quoted Mark Twain, “The truth hurts. Silence kills.”

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The financial position of pension funds declines


As share markets decline, the big Dutch pension funds have problems with covering their long-term commitments.  The ABP, the large Dutch pension fund has only 94 Euro cent for every Euro it owes to employees in future. The ABP says that this is not only the result of the declining share markets, but also due to the low interest rates.




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Major Growth in Antisemitic Incidents in 2019



The CIDI organization publishes a Monitor of Antisemitic Incidents every year.  In 2019, the number of antisemitic incidents was 35% higher than the 135 registered in 2018.  This is the highest number registered in the 30 years that these statistics have existed.  CIDI says that the anti-Israel demonstrations at Dam Square in Amsterdam very often lead to antisemitic expressions.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Iranian Hackers Attack Dutch Universities


In the past month Iranian hackers have attacked three Dutch universities and another institute of higher education. This results from a study by the accountancy office PwC according to the firm’s head of cyber security Gerwin Naber. He says that Iran wants to have access to teaching materials and knowledge from western countries. In the past two years attacks have been prepared on hundreds of universities in 33 countries.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Despite 2014 promise, Dutch City Maintains Street signs of Israeli Cities as located in Palestine


In 2014, the Dutch city of Eindhoven agreed to change the location of street names for Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias from Palestinian where they were falsely located to Israel. According to a spokesperson of the municipality this has now been delayed indefinitely. The city claims that the reference to Palestine was to “biblical Palestine.” This is nonsense because neither the Hebrew Bible nor the Christian New Testament mentions the term Palestine.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Government Officials admit wrong calculations for greening houses


Officials from the government's Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), have admitted that the estimated costs of housing corporations for making properties more energy efficient and gas free are too low.  The real cost will be substantially higher, more likely to be 40% to 50%.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Two Letter Bombs explode in The Netherlands


Two letter bombs have gone off in the Netherlands. One at the ABN-Amro Bank post-sorting office in Amsterdam and another at a post-sorting office in Kerkrade. No-one was injured. Police do not know if there is a link to the letter bombs which were sent to companies and hotels in various towns at the beginning of this year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Terror expert: Mosques in Rotterdam and Amsterdam controlled by Muslim brothers


Ronald Sandee a Dutch terror expert was at a hearing in the Dutch parliament.  He spoke about the undesirable foreign influence of Muslim institutions.  He mentioned the Blue Mosque in the New West part of Amsterdam which was paid for with money from Kuwait and Qatar. He also mentioned the Middenweg Mosque in Rotterdam, also financed from the Gulf. Sandee
said that there is cross fertilization between the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists in the Netherlands.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Wageningen University: Extreme Abuse against Chinese Students

Chinese students at Wageningen University are the subject of extreme abuse. The elevator of the flat they live in was besmirched with excrement and urine. Also anti-Chinese texts have been written in the elevator. The Chinese flag on the door of a Chinese student has been torn.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Deputy Minister: Immigration Should Be Reduced


Deputy Minister Mona Keijzer said that immigration into the Netherlands has to be reduced.  This statement was in reaction to a study in the daily Telegraaf, which found that 65% of the Dutch population want a limit on immigration.  In addition, forty eight percent of people with a non-western background were of this opinion.  Deputy Prime Minister, Hugo de Jonge, said that the problem is that free movement in the EU is so holy that we are barely there to talk about it.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Majority of Amsterdam Women Suffer From Intimidation


A study has found that 51% of women in Amsterdam have suffered from intimidation in the streets. Between the ages of 15-34 years, the percentage is 81%.  There is also a major increase of sexual intimidation and violence online. Mayor Femke Halsema (Green Left) says that for a small group of women the situation in Amsterdam is “really alarming and almost without perspective due to a negative spiral of abuse and violence spread over several generations.”


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

More than half Moroccan Boys have committed Crimes


Fifty four percent of Moroccan boys and men had committed at least one crime at the age of 22. This results from a publication in the Journal of Criminology (Tijdschrift voor Criminologie) The figure relates to those born in 1984 with at least one Moroccan parent. For the entire age group the figure is 14%. The basis for the study is the police system HKS.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Justice Delayed Due to Shortage of Psychiatrists


Michel Groothuizen, director of the Dutch Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP) says that there is a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists to prepare psychiatric reports in criminal cases. That has led to the delay of criminal court cases and suspects therefore remain under arrest for longer. Judges need this information to determine whether a punishment or a measure is necessary. The NIFP has 450 psychiatrists and psychologists available part-time. They each make only 7 reports per year, and cannot cope with the demand for reports. Furthermore, some of these people will retire soon.
  



Monday, February 3, 2020

Poor Neighborhoods increasingly Vulnerable


Poor Neighborhoods increasingly Vulnerable
It becomes more and more difficult to live in poor neighborhoods. They become increasingly insecure. Hindrance by neighborhoods is three times as big as for the average Dutchmen. Twenty percent of the inhabitants is afraid to be disturbed or robbed. Elsewhere the percentage is 6%. These neighborhoods represent 10% of all neighborhoods. They are becoming more and more places of people with a variety of social problems.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sea level rise of 8 meters very unlikely but not totally impossible


Delta Commissioner Peter Glas is responsible for the program to protect the Netherlands against floods.  He says that the claim of author Rutger Bregman that sea levels may rise 8 meter is highly improbable.  A
t the moment, the Netherlands is planning its dykes for a rise of about 1 meter above the current sea level.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

10 000 people 55 years or older want to end their lives without being sick


A group of 76 000 people of 55 years or older are continuously tired of life without enduring any unbearable suffering.  This results from a new survey on behalf of the Dutch Minister of Health. More than 10 000 of them want to end their lives without being seriously sick. Several thousands of them want to get help with ending their lives.



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Asylum seekers intimidate bus drivers


A group of 25 asylum seekers have been found to intimidate bus drivers on the bus between Uden and Nijmegen.  They may refuse to pay, debate the price of the fare and may become aggressive towards bus drivers. The central body for receiving asylum seekers says that about 8 of them come from the asylum seekers center in the town of Grave. It is not know where the remaining asylum seekers come from.  In the nearby town of Nijmegen, there is a massive phenomenon of robbing asylum seekers who come from safe countries and thus are not entitled to asylum


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dutch Politician Calls for Expelling of International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party, the second largest party in The Netherlands, has called for expelling international criminal court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda from the country. The reason was her attempting to try Israelis for war crimes. Wilders said that the court “behaves as a biased pro-Palestinian institution and an anti-Semitic kangaroo court.” www.timesofisrael.com/geert-wilders-calls-for-kicking-out-icc-prosecutor-over-israel-bias/

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dutch Mail Box Companies used for major African corruption


As a result of the so-called Luanda Leaks investigation by journalists, much attention has been given to the claim that Isabel dos Santos, daughter of a former Angolan president, is managing via Dutch mail box companies, hundreds of millions of assets. Already in 2012, the Dutch Central Bank questioned dos Santos' Dutch interests but supervision was not possible.  Last year, the state of Angola sequestrated US$ 1.1 billion of dos Santos' assets who is most likely the richest woman in Africa. In Anglo there are major accusations against her concerning corruption.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Groningen: Hooligans attack police, one agent wounded


Sixty youngster fought in Groningen.  They also threw stones and bottles at the police.
One police officer was wounded. Two people were arrested because they had insulted police and one for the destruction of a police car.



Thursday, January 16, 2020

Heirs Accuse Restitution Commission of Bias with Kandinsky Painting


The Dutch Restitution Commission which deals with art stolen by the Nazis advised that the Amsterdam Municipal Museum in 2018 could keep a Kandinsky painting in their collection.  The original owner’s heirs have brought a court case against the Amsterdam municipality and the Municipal Museum. They are claiming that four of the seven commission members have a conflict of interest with the Municipal Museum. Stuart Eizenstat, US former Deputy Minister has said at an international congress that the Dutch decision in this case is totally opposed to the Washington Principles that determine which stolen artwork should be returned to its original owners or their heirs.
  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Suspicious Package Found at Kosher Restaurant Amsterdam


A suspicious package was found in front of the Amsterdam kosher restaurant, HaCarmel. The restaurant has in the past been subject of frequent antisemitic vandalism. A commanding officer from the emergency services of the police took command of the entire scene for all responding agencies. The Ministry of Defense’s Explosive Removal Department was also deployed at the scene.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Politicians Should Take Responsibility for Their Own Laws



Henk Naves, the Chairman of the Dutch Council for the Judiciary, has said in his New Year’s Speech that politicians should take responsibility for their own laws: “Stop hiding behind our robes and take responsibility for the law-making and decision-taking which is apparently falling short.”  Naves remarked that while there is nothing wrong with politicians criticising judges, he missed support from others who did not agree. ‘Most [politicians] stay silent and are complicit,’ he said.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Police Claims 9300 Incidents between New Year’s Eve and New Years

The period between New Year’s Eve and New Years led to 9300 registered incidences by Police.  Nearly 300 people were arrested. There were acts of arson, vandalism, violence against caretakers and policemen. In reality, the number of incidences was much higher because many policemen do not report minor incidences during that period as they consider that normal for this
time of year.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dutch State Partly Responsible For 1992 Air Crash


The court in the Hague has concluded that the Council for Aviation has partly failed in its conclusions regarding the aircrash of a Martinair – now part of KLM plane near the Portuguese town of Faro.  Fifty six people died and more than a hundred were severely wounded. Almost all Dutchmen. The Council for Avivation had attributed the crash to sudden bad weather but neglected possible error by the pilots. The court decided that the Dutch state therefore has a responsibility of 20% for the consequences suffered.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dutch State has to return Stolen Holocaust Crockery to Heirs of Owners


The advisory commission which deals with stolen Holocaust objects has decided that the Dutch state has to return crockery which belonged to queen Juliana to the heirs of the original owners. The value of this is between several hundreds of thousands and one million Euro. The royal family had undertaken a review of the origin of its art concerning stolen holocaust goods in 2014. In 2015 King Willem Alexander returned thereupon a painting to the heirs of the original owners. In the original review the crockery was apparently overlooked.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Farmers Organization Receive Threatening Letters


The Farmers Organization of the Netherlands (LTO) has received threatening letters. The same has happened at other Farmer Organizations.  This as a reaction to public protests of farmers. In the letter, these protests are described as “purely terrorist against which weak authorities do not react.” The letters say "we will not remain inactive against your arrogance, denial, ill-will and terror." Police are investigating.




Monday, January 6, 2020

Deputy Prime Minister: Too many Immigrants



Deputy prime Minister Hugo de Jonge (Christian Democrat) considers that the current number of immigrants per year is too high. He considers that the cabinet should fix a maximum. He says that uncontrolled immigration leads to tensions in society. Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, which opposes immigration called De Jonge and his party hypocrites. Wilders said that the Christian Democrats are responsible for open borders, the expansion of the EU, millions of additional immigrants and the Islamization of the Netherlands.