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 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. 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.