Thursday, December 31, 2015

Parliament against Salafist Patrols

Tonight salafists will patrol in the problematic Schilderswijk neighborhood in The Hague. This will be done in the framework of a partnership with the police. The Dutch parliament has adopted a motion asking the government to prohibit partnerships between the authorities and salafist organizations.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Police: More than 5000 illegal Cannabis-Nurseries in one Dutch Province

The Dutch police has announced that in the province of Brabant there are between 5 500 and 
6500 illegal nurseries growing cannabis. They contain about one and a half million plants which produce annually 340 tons of cannabis. Its worth is about 1 billion Euro.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Syrian Priest: Christians Threatened in Asylum Seeker Centers by Muslims

The Syrian orthodox priest Samoil Dogan, who officiates at a church in Hengelo, says that Christian asylum seekers in the Nijmegen center are being threatened by Muslims.  Threats include ominous language - for instance, a Muslim boasted that “In Syria I killed two Christians.”  Christian refugees feel unsafe in the Netherlands, even though it is the safest country in Europe.  When in the centers, they don’t even dare to make the sign of the cross.  Dogan has urged the authorities to establish separate centers for Christian refugees.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Fifteen People Fight in Asylum Seeker Center

Fifteen people were involved in a fight in the Arnhem asylum seeker center on Saturday.  Police say the cause of the fight is not yet known.  Three people were arrested.  In the meantime it has become known that one of the injured may need an operation for a broken nose, and also suffered an injury to his eye.  The French national press agency AFP writes that “tensions have at times spilled over into violence in local and national debates” about the refugee issue.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

“Gourmet-parcels’ contain Meat which is going bad

An investigation by Wakker Dier, an organization for the well-being of animals, has investigated “Gourmet parcels” in seven supermarkets. It found that three of the seven investigated parcel types contained meat which was going bad. In one parcel the dangerous salmonella bacteria was found. Five contained the E-coli bacteria also known as the excrement bacteria. In one of the parcels listeria bacteria were found.  

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Geldermalsen: following riots, plans for Refugee Center temporarily shelved

The mayor of Geldermalsen, Miranda de Vries, has announced that the planned asylum seeker center has been temporarily cancelled.  Major riots broke out in the city when the plan to house 1500 refugees there was announced.  The mayor said: “We prefer to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s without fear and unrest.”

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chief of Police: Terror attack unavoidable in the Netherlands

The outgoing commander of the Dutch national police, Gerard Bouman, said that he is convinced that there will be a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, noting that the country is one of the few in Europe which has not yet experienced such an attack.  He stated that there was far too much pressure on the police, saying “we no longer are dealing with separate incidents, but with a continuous current of incidents.”  He named refugees and counter-terrorism as the two major police problems of today.  Eighty-two terror-related investigations are currently underway.  He also mentioned that the national police are running out of money.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mayor of Eindhoven blocks entry of seven hate-Imams

Rob van Gijzel, mayor of Eindhoven, blocked the entry of seven foreign hate Imams who were due to speak in the town’s Al Fourqaan mosque.  He did so after consultation with the National Coordinator for Security and Fighting Terrorism (NCTV).  These Imams come from Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Kuwait.  In earlier speeches, these Imams attacked women’s rights, Jews, homosexuals and non-believers.  They also glorified violent Jihad.  In April this year, the cleric al-Qarni, from Saudi Arabia, who was also scheduled to speak at the mosque, was prevented from doing so as his visa was cancelled at the last moment.  An attempt by the manager of the mosque to have the court cancel the mayor’s latest decision failed.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Woman brain-damaged after riot, injury caused by police

A lawyer representing a woman in Geldermalsen stated that during riots which broke out in the town following the municipal council debate on the asylum seeker center, his client was injured by police actions which caused brain damage.  He said that the woman had not taken part in the riots, but was just leaving the meeting at the municipality when the riots broke out.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fifteen thousand complaints to hotline about fireworks

Over a week before the end of the year, the national hotline for complaints about fireworks had already received fifteen thousand notifications.  The hotline initiator, Arnold Bonte, a Green Left party member and Rotterdam municipal councilman, said this is a substantial increase over last year for the same time period.  People are awoken during the night by loud firework explosions, which also create stress for domestic animals.  Most of the complaints came from Rotterdam and The Hague.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Minister wants action against Salafist mosque

Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs (Labor) has expressed his negative views about the fundamentalist Al-Fitrah mosque in Utrecht.  He said with regard to the Salafist practices there: “I consider this way of thinking disgusting.  People are incited to turn their backs on our society and thereby hinder their children’s future in our country.”  Various parents, mainly Moroccans, say that they see their children’s attitudes change from the moment they begin studying at the mosque.  The Minister wants to take action against the mosque.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dordrecht: Anti-Muslim group occupies mosque

A small anti-immigration and anti-Islam action group, Identitair Verzet, occupied the Al-Fath mosque in Dordrecht.  The police arrested six protesters and the protest has ended.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dutch Army Recruited Child Soldiers In The Second World War

The Dutch Indies Army (KNIL) recruited very young child soldiers during the Second World War, on the island of Java.  The youngest soldier was seven years old.  This has now become known as the Dutch government will make a one-time back payment of 25,000 Euro to the former soldiers and officials who never received payment during the 41 months of Japanese occupation of the former Dutch Indies.  Many of them were detained by the Japanese during that period.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wilders compares Prime Minister Rutte to Don Corleone

The leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, compared Prime Minister Rutte and his liberal party to a mafia family, and called him “Don Corleone.”  He did so in the major parliamentary debate on the deal struck by former deputy Justice minister Fred Teeven with a drugs criminal while Teeven was still a prosecutor.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Geldermalsen: thousands riot over proposed center for asylum seekers

Major riots broke out in the town of Geldermalsen about plans to build a center for 1,500 asylum seekers.  The number of protesters was estimated at 2,000, in a town of 27,000 inhabitants.  A town council meeting which was held to decide on this issue had to be adjourned as protesters tried to force their way into the building.  The police fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, and announced that they had made a number of arrests.  Dozens of youths tore down fences and threw beer bottles and fireworks at the police.  The deputy Justice Minister Klaas Dijkhoff called the incident “un-Dutch”.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Half of Turkish and Moroccan Dutch do not consider themselves Dutch

About half of the Turkish and Moroccan Dutch feel mainly Turkish or Moroccan. They mix mainly with people of the same national origin. Despite their Dutch passports they barely or not all ‘feel’ themselves Dutch. They are relatively often very negative about native Dutch and the way these view migrants. This results from a study by the the SCP (Social and Cultural Planning Office) ordered by the Ministry for social Affairs and Unemployment..

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Most Parts of Dutch Army Have Not Recruited Enough Personnel

Once again, the Dutch army has failed to recruit enough personnel in 2016 to compensate for those who have left the service.  Almost 3,100 military personnel were required, but only 2,650 have been recruited.  Only the military police have managed to recruit sufficient personnel to keep numbers stable.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Chair of Lower House of Parliament Resigns due to Scandal

Liberal parliamentarian Anouchka van Miltenburg resigned as Chair of the Lower House of parliament.  It was recently revealed that she had destroyed an anonymous letter stating that parliament had been misinformed about a deal in which former prosecutor Fred Teeven had released 5 million guilder to a drug dealer, monies which had been frozen as part of an investigation.  When the inaccuracies became public, Teeven, who was deputy minister of Justice and his minister, Ivo Opstelten (both liberals) resigned.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Large Fight in Asylum Seeker Center

On Saturday night, a major fight broke out at the center for asylum seekers in Grave.  According to the police, 50 people were involved in the brawling and knives were used.  The police arrested three of the hooligans.  The local police was assisted by colleagues from the neighboring town of Oss.  At the beginning of December, another violent fracas broke out at the center.  At that time, five people were arrested.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Commission of Inquiry: Huge mistakes in deal with criminal

In 2000, former public prosecutor Fred Teeven made a deal with drug criminal Cees. H.  Cees was given back 4.7 million guilders of his own money which had been blocked, and his punishment was reduced in exchange for information on other major criminal affairs.  This deal was investigated by a commission headed by ombudsman Martin Oosting.  The commission judged that this deal should not have been concluded.  Furthermore the heads of the public prosecutor’s office and the tax services were not told about the deal.  When the issue became public last year, Teeven was deputy Minister of Justice.  The then Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten misinformed parliament that the deal had cost 1.2 million guilders instead of 4.7 million guilders.  Both officials were forced to resign as a result of the misinformation.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

High predicted rise in cardiovascular diseases

By 2040, 1.4 million Dutch citizens will have had strokes or heart failure.  This was predicted by the RIVM, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment.  By 2011 this figure had already reached 850,000.  Part of this huge increase is preventable.  If everyone stops smoking this would reduce the figure by 320,000.  If everyone maintains optimal blood pressure levels, this also would reduce the figure, by a predicted 360,000.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dutch ourt acquits Anti-Semitic Hate Rapper

The Breda court has acquitted Dutch rapper Ismael Houlich, better known as Ismo. He had sung that he does not give a hand to homosexuals and “I hate the Jews more than the Nazis.” The court decided that these statements were not insulting. The prosecution had demanded a fine and the removal of the song from Youtube.   

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Government official: where are 4,000 asylum seekers who were refused residency?

Government official Rhodia Maas has said that of the 8,000 asylum seekers in the Netherlands who were refused residency this year, the government is sure that 4,000 have left the country,  2,500 voluntarily, and 1,500 through forced deportation.  What happened to the remaining 4,000 is not clear, even though some may indeed have left the Netherlands.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Prolonged Terror Alert at Delft University

The Technical University in Delft received a bomb threat on 21 November 2015, in the form of a message found in the bathrooms.  The message was written in poor English, and included a sketch of a turbaned head.  The same day, several unknown bearded youths were seen photographing parts of the library, which also raised suspicion.  Security measures have been and remain in place since the bomb threat was received over two weeks ago.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Amsterdam: Separate Housing for Homosexual Refugees

Philip Tijsma of the Dutch homosexual interest group (COC) says that homosexuals and transgenders are often harassed in refugee centers.  They are spat at, insulted and threatened with violence.  They often no longer dare to leave their rooms.  After many such incidents, Amsterdam has decided to locate LHBT refugees separately from other refugees arriving at the same time, mainly from Syria.  Deputy minister Klaas Dijkhoff opposes this separation, as he considers it stigmatizes those refugees involved.  Tijsma however says that he hopes that more Dutch municipalities will soon follow suit.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Many Police Officers access Secret Information without Security Clearance.

Minister of Justice Ard van der Steur has informed parliament that 118 of the 1600 police officers which have access to confidential information do not have the required clearance from the intelligence service. He promised that the matter will be checked. This reality came to the light after a police officer, who had not been screened by the general intelligence service AIVD, was arrested. He is suspected of having leaked confidential information to criminals.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Syrian Asylum-seeker suspected of Terrorism arrested,

Dutch police have arrested an 18-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker suspected of membership in a terrorist organization. He told other asylum-seekers that he was a fighter with al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers have entered the Netherlands in the past few months. Freedom party leader Geert Wilders said that the Netherlands has learned nothing from the massacres in Paris and that the country is one big cheese with holes. He wants asylum-seekers to be locked in their centers until it is clarified who lives in them.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Charges pressed against Muslim university rector for incitement of hatred

Rotterdam Kurdish commissioner Latif Tali (Labor) has brought charges against Ahmet Akgunduz, rector of the Islamic University of Rotterdam for discrimination and incitement of hatred.  Earlier, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education said that she regretted that she couldn’t press charges against Akgunduz concerning the hateful statements he made about Kurds, Jews and homosexuals, since she herself was not personally targeted. She had therefore called on others to bring the complaint.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Proposed Law Opens all Computers for Police

Two ministers have proposed an integrated program to fight jihadism. Their proposal includes the expansion of police powers allowing them to hack into computers belonging to suspected criminals and terrorists.  This proposal would enable police to copy, add and delete information, all without the knowledge of those under investigation.  Police would be able to hack into webcams, microphones, and observe the suspect’s typing in real time.  They would even be permitted to hack into computers belonging to innocent third parties to obtain information about a suspect.  There has been much criticism of these proposed measures.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Unprecedented Number of Complaints About Crowded Trains

In November the train travelers organization Rover has received an unprecedented 3600 complaints about crowding on trains.  The state train company NS admits that there is a problem but has no solution to offer.  The new deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Sharon Dijksma (Labor) has told parliament that the situation will only get worse.  This is due to the fact that the NS has not ordered new trains in time to replace unsafe trains which have to be taken out of circulation.  That will lead to the loss of 5,000 seats.  The new trains will only be delivered at the end of 2016. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Parties demand Government clarify Dutch Position on Drone Attacks

Two opposition parties, the Liberal Democrats (D66) and the extreme left Socialist Party (SP) have asked the Dutch cabinet to clarify the role of the Netherlands concerning American drone attacks.  The reason for this is a court case brought by two Somalian victims of drone attacks against the Dutch state.  The two Somalians consider that the Netherlands are partly responsible for a drone attack, as Dutch information plays an important role in American anti-terror acts in Somalia.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New Deputy Minister defines New Problems in Rail Infrastructure

New deputy Minister Sharon Dijksma (Labour) has found new problems in the ProRail infrastructure company, which receives an annual subsidy of about 1.2 million Euro from the government.  She says that the company is unable to control costs of big projects such as station renovations.  The construction of new tracks at the Utrecht Central station will go 80 million Euro over budget. Ongoing maintenance of railways is delayed on a regular basis.  This year between 100 and 160 million Euro was budgeted for this purpose and was not used.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Major Disturbances by Ajax Fans in Glasgow

Ajax fans are thought to have caused major assaults in Glasgow on Thursday before their team played against the local Celtic team. Seven people were injured after a large group of men targeted pubs used by Celtic fans. Two of those hurt remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Police said that the attackers were dressed in black with hoods and scarves covering their faces.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Manchester: Dutch Soccer supporters sing anti-Semitic Chants

A large group of supporters of the Dutch PSV soccer club who arrived in Manchester have been caught on camera chanting "if you don't jump you're a Jew". They visited the city as their club was playing Manchester United. The chant refers to another Dutch soccer club Ajax, which has some supporters who call themselves Jews. It is often considered anti-Semitic in the Netherlands.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Forty Suspects of Jihad Walking free in The Netherlands

Forty suspects of Jihad walk free in the Netherlands. They include inciters, people who finance jihad, people waiting for their process and those under supervision of the probation authority. This was said by Sjef van Gennip director of Reclassering Nederland (Probation Netherlands). He said that it concerns an isolated group which often has only contact with probation workers.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Amsterdam Airport Offers Incentives to Competitors of KLM

The Dutch political system wishes to promote the Dutch airline KLM, but Amsterdam Airport is giving reductions to companies from the Middle East which are competing with KLM.  With each new long-distance destination, companies can receive two years of financial incentives.  Steven Verhagen, chairman of the Pilots Union VNV says that these incentives are opposed to the Dutch political objective whereby Amsterdam Airport is required to make an effort to strengthen KLM.  He added that they weaken the position of their largest and most loyal client on which they depend for revenue.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Parliament Unable To Judge What Aid For Developing Countries Has Achieved

An investigation by the BOR, an office of officials working for the parliament, has concluded that it is impossible to judge what Dutch aid for developing countries has achieved.  4.1 billion Euro are being spent each year to help the poorest in the world.  The government general accounting office had reached the same conclusion earlier.  The responsible Minister, Ploumen, says that the Dutch development aid package has improved the food situation for about 8 million people.  Labor parliamentarian Roelof says that his party is proud of the results, as 800 million condoms have been distributed, which have prevented many undesired pregnancies.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Netherlands doesn’t want to receive American Congress delegation

A delegation of the American Congress has asked to visit The Netherlands for a dialogue, but have not received a positive answer.  Insiders say that Minister Koenders of Foreign Affairs (Labor Party) is not interested in the visit.  The reason appears to be that he considers it too expensive and the employees of his ministry feel it will involve too much work.  The Americans want to come because The Netherlands will be chairing the EU during the first half of 2016.   Mario Diaz-Balart, the leader of the intended Congress delegation, said this is a slap in the face for Congress.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Research: Amsterdam extremely harsh in punishing Jews after the war

A new study of the NIOD, the National Institute for War Documentation, has found that the Amsterdam municipality was unnecessarily harsh toward Jewish home-owners who had survived the war and because of deportation or going into hiding had not paid their long-lease payments to the Amsterdam municipality during the war.  They had to pay fines.  This was not the case in The Hague, for instance.  The NIOD researchers state that Amsterdam had sufficient legal cause to forgo the fines.  Recently the mayor of Amsterdam announced that the fines will be returned, albeit 70 years later.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mainly Muslims disturb Minute of Silence for Paris Victims

Fleur Nollet of the Foundation for School and Safety has said that mainly Muslim pupils, as well as some others, have disturbed the minute of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks in a number of schools. At one school a boy shouted Allahu Akbar. She expressed her worry about the fact that various youngsters say that the Jews and Americans are behind the attacks in Paris. Nollet said that they pick this up from Youtube and conspiracy theories they hear of. Nollet also said that rightwing extremists among the pupils say that Muslims should leave the Netherlands.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Liberal Leader shocked about Muslim Reactions to Paris Murders

Halbe Zijlstra, faction leader of the VVD (the Liberal party) in the Dutch Parliament has said that he is shocked about what he hears in his own environment about scandalous reactions from Muslims to the Paris murders. He mentioned school children who are happy that the ’jihad has come to Europe’ and that ‘it will be their turn soon.’ He also mentioned Muslim children who disturbed the one minute silence. Zijlstra called on Muslims to distance themselves strongly from this pro-terror attitude.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

At least 1500 additional police needed to fight terror

Gerrit van de Kamp, head of the police trade union (ACP) says that at present the Dutch police cannot cope effectively with terror.  He added that at least another 1500 policemen are needed, of which 500-600 are required in support functions, such as detective services.  After the murderous Paris attacks in January, Van de Kamp requested more heavy weaponry for the police, but was turned down by the government.  He said policemen wanted to be sure they could defend themselves.  He also said that policemen should be allowed to take their weapons home.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wilders: Islam is a hostile Ideology not fitting Western Civilizatio

In an interview with the daily De Telegraaf Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) says that Islam is a hostile ideology, which does not fit Western civilization. He added that almost all terrorists are Muslims and all immigration from Muslim countries should be stopped. Wilders wants to close the Dutch borders and leave the Schengen agreement   


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Police called in frequently to intervene in fights between asylum seekers

The Dutch police are called in five to ten times a day to intervene in incidents in and around centers for asylum seekers, mainly minor fights between young inhabitants, frequently between Syrians and Eritreans. The fights often concern girls or alcohol. This was reported by Commander Max Daniel of the National Police.  He also said that the situation is under control.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Seventy percent of Dutch citizens want border controls

Seventy percent of the Dutch want the reintroduction of border controls, both in The Netherlands and in Europe.  Among the voters of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party the percentage is 99%.  Majorities support this measure in all the other parties, with the exception of the Liberal Democrats of D66.  Over a quarter of Dutch citizens feel that The Netherlands should call a state of emergency.  These were the findings of a poll conducted by Maurice de Hond after the Paris massacres.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Arson at mosque in Roosendaal

There was an arson attack at a mosque in Roosendaal on Saturday morning.  The mosque was slightly damaged.  It is unclear whether the arson was related to the Paris massacre perpetrated by Islamic State on Friday night.  The mosque is now under surveillance by volunteers and CCTV cameras 24 hours a day

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Routine violence in youth institutions

The public De Winter commission has found in its preliminary work that there are a huge number of incidents of maltreatment in institutions for youth.  The commission has so far heard stories about humiliation, neglect and physical violence.  This was said by chairman Micha de Winter to the RTV Utrecht media.

Friday, November 13, 2015

National detective agency: arrested man killed due to police violence

A report prepared by the national detective agency on the death of Mitch Henriquez, who was arrested in a demonstration in June, concludes that the extreme maltreatment by the police who arrested him led to his death.  This was stated in the talk show “Pauw” by the lawyer Gerald Roethof, who saw the report which had been sent to the official prosecutor’s office.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Court decision: Dutch intelligence service abandoned agent to his fate

The court in The Hague has decided that the Justice Department has neglected its obligations toward businessman Ibrahim A.  He worked in Afghanistan as an agent for the Dutch military intelligence service (MIVD).  Ibrahim A said that activities were suddenly halted, and as a result he lost everything.  The court concluded that the MIVD ended the relationship with Ibrahim A. in 2007 without taking due precautions.  In 2009, Ibrahim A was threatened as a result and had to leave the country and lost everything.  This case has raised much debate.  The court also heard the testimony of other secret collaborators of the MIVD during the proceedings.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Leak from Parliamentary Control Committee of Intelligence Services

The CIVD is a committee of most parliamentary faction-leaders which supervises the intelligence services and has access to confidential information from the Government. One of its members has leaked that the CIVD got information that the Netherlands had provided information on 1.8 million telephone conversations to the American NSA intelligence service. This news had earlier come in the public domain and led to accusations against the Minister of the Interior that he had provided false information on this issue to parliament. The national police detective service is now investigating which CIVD member has leaked the information. Several faction-leaders say that they wonder whether the justice-department listens in to their conversations in their rooms in Parliament.