Far-right, anti-Islam group Pegida is calling on people to come to the national Sinterklaas arrival this year dressed as blackface Zwarte Piet. "We want to turn it into a traditional, beautiful children's party again", Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld, dressed in a Sinterklaas costume, said in a video on Facebook.
The knowledge platform on integration and society KIS is looking into launching new studies into racism in the Netherlands. According to project leader Hanneke Felten, new research is desperately needed because there is currently virtually no scientifically based information on how to combat open racism, while this is a growing phenomenon. "Science focuses primarily on more subtle, unconscious prejudices, less on extreme, open racism", she said to newspaper AD.
In the past five years, four soldiers left the Dutch armed forces due to right-wing extremist statements or behavior. Military intelligence service MIVD launched a total of 21 investigations into possible extremism in the armed forces, the vast majority of which involved suspicions of right-wing extremism, the Volkskrant reports based on a list the MIVD drew up after the newspaper appealed to the Intelligence and Security Services Act.
Agricultural organization LTO Nederland and the producer organization for pig farmers POV are planning to take action against animal rights organization. They will help farmers in filing charges against wat they call "animal extremism", De Gelderlander reports.
Dutch municipalities, the police and security services are currently actively monitoring at least 160 radicalized Muslims. Amsterdam accounts for the biggest share of that number, with 59 radicalized people currently under the municipality's eye, the Volkskrant reports.
Right-wing extremists in the Netherlands are increasingly vocal about encouraging and glorifying violence against Muslims and the government in particular, intelligence service AIVD said in a new publication. While this group seldom resorts to physical violence, the AIVD is concerned about the climate arising in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
Anti-Islam organization Pegida is getting smaller in the Netherlands, but its remaining supporters are increasingly radical, Minister Sander Dekker of Legal Protection - which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security - said on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.
In half of the municipalities in the Netherlands, nothing is being done to prevent radicalization and jihadism, according to a study by the Security and Justice Inspectorate. Small and medium-sized municipalities in particular ignore this task, RTL Nieuws reports.
Islamic organizations are critical of the decision of Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice to ban controversial imam Fawas Jneid from two neighborhoods in The Hague. The ban is in violation of the constitution and is part of the state's witch hunt on anyone who has a different viewpoint than that of the public opinion, the organizations wrote on Facebook, NOS reports.
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."
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is calling on the international community to increase pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This is the only way that a genocide, like what happened in Rwanda and Srebrenica, can be avoided in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he wrote in an opinion piece published in British newspaper The Independent.
The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands remains unchanged, according to the National Coordinator for Terrorism and Security Dick Schoof in his periodic Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands. There is still a "real" chance of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, but no concrete evidence that an attack is planned
In 2015 the number of Christians killed in religious violence incidents saw an increase worldwide, but especially in areas where extremism among Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus are on the rise, according to Dutch non-profit organization Open Doors' annual Christian Persecution Rankings
People in the Netherlands reported 4,092 cases of racism, extremism and anti-Semitism to the police in all of 2014, an increase of 26 percent compared to a year earlier. Though total incidents fell by over four percent, racial abuse cases jumped by 26 percent to 2,764.
So far the Netherlands have shown no signs of structural violence against asylum centers or terrorist violence from the extreme right corner, as is currently the case in Germany. Though violent acts by individuals can not be ruled out in the Netherlands. And the breeding ground for extremism, both for right-wing and left-wing groups, is increasing.
Unless the migrant crisis in Europe is addressed properly, there could be a surge of right-wing extremism across the continent, said Frans Timmermans, the First Vice-President of the European Commission. Speaking on BBC Radio, the former Dutch foreign affairs minister added that people who do not have a rightful claim to asylum should be swiftly deported.
The Netherlands and Belgium are strengthening cooperation in the field of defense, counterterrorism, security, embassy relations and energy, the Dutch cabinet revealed in a press release Wednesday.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb says he has more authority to make bold statements compelling extremist Muslims to get out of the country than do his European colleagues. The Moroccan-born Dutch Mayor said this in an interview with CNN, after speaking in Washington, D.C., about the role of local governments in battling radicalization and extremism.
The Netherlands is not at “war” with Islamist extremists, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday. He disagrees with PVV leader Geert Wilders assertion that the entire Muslim world has declared war on the west, he said during television show Buitenhof.
The Cabinet's new policy to enforce stricter measures against the threat of jihadism amongst Dutch nationals is not supported by some Muslim organizations, who argue that the Cabinet is going to target all Muslims rather than a select group, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
On Friday, the Cabinet will discuss further measures to be taken in the mission to diffuse radicalization among youths in The Netherlands. The aim is to prevent youths choosing the side of radical Islam, Het Parool reports.
Key figures in Dutch muslim communities will be encouraged by the Cabinet to do more to prevent radicalization among youths. In a renewed effort by the Cabinet to tackle extremism, Imams breeding hate will also be reprimanded more harshly.
Police in The Hague are launching a special team to focus solely on jihadists. In this way, Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice hopes to put a stop to Dutch sympathizers of IS and other radical groups, De Telegraaf reports.
Groups in The Hague demonstrating for or against extremism, are taking each other on in the struggle for a new demonstration ground. After The Hague's Mayor Jozias van Aartsen instated a two-month ban against demonstrations in the previously fertile grounds of the Schilderswijk neighborhood, the battle for the Malieveld is on.