Controversial websites GeenStijl and Powned definitely make use of Islamophobic language and may play a part in the rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands, University of Amsterdam researcher Dr. Ineke van der Valk said to NPO Radio 1.
Two suspects were arrested on Sunday in connection with a video on Facebook showing a young Muslim woman being attacked by two men in Amsterdam Noord, the police department Amsterdam Boven IJ announced on Facebook.
The video shows the woman, wearing a hijab or headscarf, lying on the ground and trying to cover her head with her arms while two men viciously kick and beat her. The men's faces can be seen on the video.
About 300 Muslim and non-Muslim people gathered in the Al Kabir mosque in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon to show support to the Muslim community in the city. The organizers wanted to to show a counterpoint to the "hateful stories" spreading about the Islamic community, NOS reports.
"We want to show Muslims that they are not alone", Abdou Menebhi of the Collective Against Islamophobia said to NOS. "Politicians, stop saying things like 'the Netherlands is threatened by Islam'. The Netherlands is threatened by extremists from all sides."
Dutch mosques were targeted in dozens of incidents over the past year, a clear increase compared to previous years, Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Friday. He suggests that extra preventative measures be taken at mosques and at a local level, AD reports.
Small Christian party SGP created an anti-Islam manifesto with plans to set limits to the presence of Islam in the Netherlands and to protect the Netherlands against the "radical excesses" of this belief. According to the party, many Dutch are right to worry about the rise of Islam in the country, NOS reports.
Four large mosques in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht will be locking their doors during all prayer sessions for the time being. The mosques are deeply concerned about the safety of their visitors following a bloody attack on a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday night, the Telegraaf reports.
More than half of all the Islamic institutions and businesses in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region faced discrimination last year and in the first three months of this. In the same period more than 700 Muslims in the region also reported being threatened or unfair treatment because of their religion, according to a study by umbrella organization SPIOR
Activist Christa Noella is calling for a boycott of Remembrance Day with the Dutch hashtag #geen4meivoormij on social media. According her, "Remembrance Day lost its value due to the hypocrisy of society" and May 4th is "meaningless we just let the rise of fascism and Islamophobia in the Netherlands take its course", she writes on Facebook.
A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.