Survey: Wilders anti-Islamic rhetoric fine

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A majority of Dutch believe that Geert Wilders, the anti-immigration politician much admired by Norway\’s mass murderer, does not need to tone down his inflammatory anti-Islamic comments, a poll on Friday showed.

 

Wilders has been criticized for speaking out against Islam and immigration, with comments comparing Islam to Nazism. Last month, a Dutch court acquitted Wilders of inciting hatred of Muslims.

 

…Polling firm Maurice de Hond said on Friday that 52% of those surveyed thought Wilders did not need to moderate his stance on the supposed “Islamization of Europe” in the wake of the Norway killings, while 44% said Wilders should tone it down.

via Survey: Wilders anti-Islamic rhetoric fine – Israel News, Ynetnews.

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Terrorism: Muslim Calls for Tourist Jihad, considers Wilders an “ideal victim”

This is the first time that I read about “Jihadi tourism”: that is, you go as a tourist but your real aim is not to see the monuments, but to “kill infidels”:

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Jihadist Abu Suleiman al-Nasser wrote (1, 2) on the Shumukh al-Islam forum that Muslims should go to Europe posing as tourists in order to murder Europeans. Al-Nasser wrote on the site that Muslims should buy a sharp knife when they’re in Europe. “You could murder more than a hundred people. Walk about and choose your victims.” He wrote that Geert Wilders is an ideal victim. “He looks like a fat calf.”

Meanwhile, the American intelligence website SITE reports that Jihadists are calling for attacks on Belgium and Belgians in retaliation for the recently enacted burqa-ban. According to one Jihadist: “If you have the freedom to make such decisions, then you must also accept our freedom to take action. I call our Muslim brothers in Belgium to do what they can: bomb them, destroy them, torture and murder them.”

via Muslim Calls for Tourist Jihad – Grendel Report.

Related: Belgium: New burqa ban challenged in court.

Wilders’ case: OIC critics “repeated attacks against Islam”

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In a statement released las June 30, 2011 in Astana, Khazakhstan, when holding the 38th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC Member States, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemned the repeated attacks against Islam and the acts of defamation and insults perpetrated against the Prophet Muhammad and his many wives by the right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders. For the Secretary General of the OIC, Mr Wilders has taken a dangerous path which is to derail the peace and harmony among civilizations by fanning and spreading hatred against Islam and Muslims, both in his own country and in other European countries.

Turkish Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the denigration of Islam and the sacred image of the Prophet Muhammad by Wilders has reached a stage that it can no longer be tolerated under any circumstances, including the right to freedom of expression. He urged the Government of the Netherlands to take the appropriate measures needed to contain the hate campaign and incitement orchestrated by Wilders, who is a coalition partner of the Dutch government. He expressed deep concern over the silence observed in this regard by the Dutch government, something that could affect the good bilateral relations now existing between the Member States of the OIC and the Netherlands.

Via ExtremeCentre.org. Translated by T&P.

Netherlands: Geert Wilders acquitted but the plaintiffs won’t stop

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A Dutch court on Thursday acquitted populist politician Geert Wilders of charges of inciting hatred against Muslims, in a case that tested freedom of speech in the traditionally liberal country.

The court case has attracted attention, not just because of Geert Wilders’ controversial comments about Islam — which he compared to Nazism — but also because of the increasing influence of his political party, which supports the minority Dutch government on economic and other issues.

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Wilders had stressed that his statement was a criticism of the Islamic faith, not of any individuals. He greeted the court verdict with satisfaction, telling supporters that he was relieved to know that public criticism of Islam remains legal in the Netherlands. The court’s decision, he said, was “a victory for freedom of expression.”

But the plaintiffs won’t stop here:

While even the public defender’s office has previously requested he be cleared of all charges, the plaintiffs in the case are now considering bringing the issue to the UN and European courts.

Netherlands: Prominent jihadist recants and denounces terrorism

The imprisoned Dutch terrorism suspect Jason Walters said in an open letter that he has renounced Islamic radicalism.

The ideals that I once honored have been lost and I have come to realize that they are morally bankrupt,” Walters said in what he called a “review document” written from the maximum-security prison in Vught. It was published recently in the Dutch daily De Volkskrant.

Walters is a leading member of the jihadist Hofstadgroep, made up of Islamists primarily of Moroccan origin. The group was led by Mohammed Bouyeri, who is serving a life sentence for killing controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004.

Observers said Walters’ letter offered a window into the mind of a man who had dedicated his life to propagating militant Islam through violence. It helped to understand why some adopt terrorism and what prompts them to reconsider.

Walters’ review could also inform the increasingly partisan immigration debate in Germany and other European nations about how to prevent the radicalization of immigrant youth and help them become functioning members of society.

…”The image that the world only exists of believers and infidels, in which the latter are motivated only to destroy the former, is a childish and coarse simplification of reality,” Walters said. “It ignores the complexity and many nuances of which reality is rich.”

Analysts and counter-terrorism authorities say Walters’ letter is likely to spark debate in militant Islamist circles and serve as an important tool in efforts to counter jihadists in Europe. In a statement, the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism (NCTb) described it as “a remarkable document” not seen before in the Netherlands.

Dutch terrorism analyst Edwin Bakker from the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael said the letter would serve as “a good tool in the ideological fight against terrorists and Islamists.”

…”I have watched with horror how a once lofty ‘struggle for freedom’ that should have been the go-ahead signal for a new, just world – especially in Iraq – has turned into a bloody escalation of violence, sectarianism and religious mania,” he wrote. “Unheard of cruelty and crimes have been committed in the process.”

He said the random killing by Islamists of innocent Muslims had rendered the struggle for Islamic rule “a total failure.”

The 25-year-old said he hoped his letter would serve “to warn youth not to be misguided by false promises and ideals.” He called on Islamists “to put down their weapons and employ other, productive methods” in order to bring about reforms instead of blaming the United States and the West.

via Prominent Dutch jihadist recants and denounces terrorism | World | Deutsche Welle | 31.10.2010.

According to the police, on his hit list were Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders.

Opinion: “Geert Wilders’ trial has backfired in any way possible”

Geert Wilders… The politically charged trial took another twist last week when one of Mr. Wilders‘ expert witnesses, the Arabist Hans Jansen, wrote on his website that a member of the judiciary had tried to influence him. He said that at a dinner party before he was supposed to testify, one of the appeals judges whose decision compelled the prosecutors to press charges tried to “convince me of the correctness of the decision to take Wilders to court.”

 

To further complicate matters, the trial judges then denied a defense request to question Mr. Jansen in court about his allegations. An oversight panel of jurists finally granted the defense’s request to dismiss the presiding judges, calling their colleagues’ refusal to hear the witness “incomprehensible.” The trial, which was supposed to end next month, theoretically must start over with new judges.

 

Prosecuting Mr. Wilders has backfired in every way imaginable, not least politically. The trial has seemed to confirm his charge that avoiding debate over the implications of Muslim immigration leads to the erosion of Western freedoms, most notably freedom of speech. Despite, or perhaps because of, the trial, Mr. Wilders’ Party for Freedom became the third-strongest parliamentary faction in last June’s elections. This allowed Mr. Wilders to become a political king-maker by backing the new center-right minority government.

via The Lost Cause Against Wilders – WSJ.com.

I didn’t know that one of the judges had tried to influence a witness. The doubt is how many more were called with the same objective.

Background:

Netherlands: Restart for Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker’s hate speech trial

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Restart for Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker’s hate speech trial < Dutch news | Expatica The Netherlands:

“The hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders will start afresh after judges trying him were ordered to step down Friday by a panel of their colleagues at the politician’s request.

The trial will start afresh,’ Amsterdam district court spokeswoman Mercedes Grootscholten told AFP after a panel of oversight judges said Wilders’ concerns of bias on the part of his trial judges were ‘understandable.

Judge GH Marcus, the president of a panel convened to consider Wilders’ request for the judges’ recusal, said their denial of his request to recall a witness ‘appears to be in conflict with the applicable jurisprudence‘.

We find the applicant’s fear that the court’s decision points to a degree of bias, also in light of earlier incidents, understandable,’ the judge said.

Wilders, 47, went on trial on October 4 for inciting hatred by calling Islam ‘fascist’ and likening the Koran to Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’.

There have been seven days of hearings so far. Judgement had been set for November 5.”

Background:
New Dutch Government agrees to ban burqa, cut deficit.