The leader of anti-Islam group Pegida was arrested after he unfurled the flag of his group emblazoned with a swastika during a rally at Amsterdam city hall on Saturday. In getting approval for the rally, Pegida was informed by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan that displaying a swastika was prohibited, the police said after the arrest.
About ten mosques in the Netherlands received threatening letters over the past days. The letters contain swastikas and texts like "You will soon receive important visitors, pigs" and "Islam is the devil's religion".
Salafist organizations can be banned if they break the law, but the cabinet will not impose a general ban. The government will however, keep a closer eye on such organizations, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament.
PVV city councillor in The Hague Willie Dillie is defending a hate-film about Islam she shared on Twitter and Facebook earlier this week. She believes that "Islam may be obliterated". "That is the position of our party", she said in response to angry politicians and Twitter users. "Just like he video I am talking about the religion and not about the people"
According to The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, banning Salafist organizations is unconstitutional and undesirable, he said in an interview with NRC on Monday. This is in response to a motion in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Parliament, asking the government to investigate opportunities for banning these organization, which they consider a breeding ground for violent jihadism.
It's been an incredibly interesting year in the Netherlands, and we hope it was a good one for all of you. The country had many things to focus on, from terrorist attacks in Europe to an influx of refugee seeking people fleeing war zones. The economy seems to be improving, even though the government is having trouble coping with unemployment, but optimism is high across the country for 2016.
So let's take a look back, and see what the most popular stories were both to our Netherlands-based audience, and to our audience around the world.
Eindhoven mayor Rob Gijzel is blocking seven controversial Islamic imams from speaking at a religious conference in the Noord-Brabant city later this week. Gijzel was informed by the national counterterrorism office that the imams have used their pulpits to speak out against Jews and the LGBT community, according to NOS.
People living in the Netherlands are generally satisfied with their lives, but somewhat concerned about the future, according to the report The Social state of the Netherlands 2015 by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau. According to the report, there was no further deterioration in the quality of life for most Dutch.
The Dutch government is going to keep track of all Salafist organization and look into whether it is possible to ban them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday, lower house of parliament, on Thursday
Mohamed Ouaamari, a Flemish student from Antwerpen, applied for a job at anti-Islam party PVV. The job listing was posted by PVV leader Geert Wilders on Twitter on Monday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders was unnerved by statements made by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent statements calling for a block of all Muslims trying to enter the United States. "These statements by Trump are not helpful, and that's putting it mildly," the Netherlands official said on Tuesday.
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.
A Dutch film crew performed an experiment in which they disguised a Bible as a Quran and read some of the most violent passages to people on the street. They then filmed the Dutch people's shocked reactions on discovering the passages actually come from the Bible.
France will soon announce what military support the country will need given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the Netherlands could give that aid. "All options are open", the Minister said on Tuesday, adding that the fight against ISIS "concerns us all". "It's about values; our way of life"
It is no longer reasonable to keep insisting that terrorism has nothing to do with religion, according to youth Imam Yassin El Forkani.
Organizations representing Muslim people in the Netherlands denounced terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 120 people dead and nearly 100 people in critical condition. “We regard these hideous and barbaric attacks on innocent civilians in Paris as an attack on the entire human race,” the Dutch Council of Moroccan Mosques (RMMN) said in a statement immediately after the assault.
The meeting in Steenbergen on Wednesday evening to discuss the possible opening of an asylum center in the municipality, devolved to the point where it was mostly about Islam bashing. Most of the twenty or so speakers were firmly opposed to the idea of a refugee center.
Concerns of violence around a debate on the housing of asylum seekers in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant prompted local mayor Joseph Vos to order strict security measures to prevent rioting. Police will search anyone entering the area surrounding the community center meeting location for any item that may be used as a weapon, as well as balaclavas, masks and alcohol.
World-renowned superstar Janet Jackson added a May 2 stop at the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome for her ongoing "Unbreakable" tour. The tour began on August 31 in the United States, receiving rave reviews.
Australian Muslim leaders have asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to withdraw PVV leader Geert Wilders' visa for his visit to Perth later this month. Wilders plans to visit Perth on October 20th to launch a new political party - the Australian Liberty Alliance - which advocates against the "Islamisation" of Australia.
Eight people from six different regions of the Netherlands were fined for allegedly discriminatory and inflammatory comments posted on the “Steun de PVV” (“Support the PVV”) Facebook page in January. It was reported in January by the public prosecutor that a criminal investigation into the Facebook comments would be made.
Anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders said his party is setting up a website and email address specifically to collect complaints from local residents regarding allegations of "nuisance" caused by asylum seekers, reported the party’s website. The party claims this is due to increased violence in and amongst refugee centers across the Netherlands.
Protestors in favor of refugee rights were met with angry vitriol from supporters of the anti-Islam, anti-refugee politician Geert Wilders on Saturday. The PVV party leader was in Almere handing out flyers against an expansion of a refugee center in the Flevoland city.
The anti-refugee PVV party has, over the past week, climbed more than three seats now sitting on 33 in the weekly Maurice de Hond poll, as the party continues to gain popularity. Party president Geert Wilders has distributed flyers calling against the extension of Almere’s refugee centre and especially against the tsunami of refugees from Islamic countries that is threatening the Netherlands.