The VVD has called for an exclusion of “controversial” imams who they say are scheduled to speak at a gala in Rijswijk in March. The party accuses the religious figures of using hate speech to rile up their listeners.
Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher together with the Contact Committee for Muslims (CMO) visited the Alhijra Mosque in Leiden yesterday. Over the weekend the new building of the mosque, which is still under construction, was occupied by a number of protesters carrying banners with anti-Islam slogans.
Dutch F-16s flying over Iraq in the fight against ISIS took on damage during missions when they were fired upon by jihadists. The damage was not substantial enough to force the planes down, and all have landed safely, said General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense in the Netherlands.
Utrecht has been monitoring 19 alleged jihadists, Mayor Jan van Zanen wrote in a letter to the city council. According to information released by news portal DUIC on Wednesday, six are radicalized Utrecht residents who have gone abroad, nine have returned from abroad, two have been held from leaving the city and another couple have since died.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb again repeated his call for religious extremists in the Netherlands to "fuck off," while speaking at a service in a mosque. The mayor visited the Essalam Mosque Saturday night and made his remarks in front of 250 people gathered there.
Soufian Z. and Driss D., two jihadists from the Hague, were killed in the Syrian city of Kobani, AD reports. These jihadists were arguably two of the best known Dutch foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War.
63 percent of Dutch people think that religion does more harm than good. This is according to a study on religion and spirituality conducted by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Trouw.
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.
"Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders says he is “shocked” about the terrorist plot in Belgium broken up by security officials there on Thursday. The Labour party politician says it justifies the need for the government and the people of the Netherlands to remain cautious and vigilant.
The most fanatical follower of the far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik is probably a Dutchman, according to the Norwegian weekly newspaper Morgenbladet. The conclusion is the result of a year-long investigation into the forces behind eleven Breivik fan pages and social media communities.
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ruffled feathers when he suggested that Muslims who "do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.” London mayor Boris Johnson was not amongst those offended.
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.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan spoke one-on-one with the NL Times following a demonstration on Dam Square in support of free speech Thursday night. He spoke about freedom, security, and how balance needs to be found amongst the two in a city like Amsterdam.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”
As many as 174 of the 475 mosques in the Netherlands were attacked by vandals over the last ten years, according to University ox Amsterdam researcher Ineke van der Valk. The statistic is dramatically different from the 1980s and 1990s, when you could count the number of abusive attacks on one hand, she told the Volkskrant.
Marcel De Graaff says he quickly regretted retweeting the words "Death to Muslims" on Wednesday. The PVV Member of European Parliament quickly removed his own message after seeing what he had posted.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, the PVV "crossed a new line" by "clearly and unambiguously" stating that "Muslims do not have the same rights as other Dutch citizens".
"The Netherlands has become completely "Islamized'. The Muslims have settled down here, and made the Netherlands their home. They are growing, at our expense", said PVV Parliamentarian Machiel de Graaf with a sneer during debate in the Tweede Kamer.
The father of the alleged suicide bomber Sultan Berzel says that his son's departure to join the jihad was completely unexpected. Abdessamad Berzel has been living in crushing uncertainty for the last two weeks, wondering if the suicide bomber was really his son.
"Should case the case be that Turkey has accused the Netherlands of racism it is inaccurate, uninformed and inappropriate," responds Minister Lodewijk Asscher to a statement published today on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A 19-year-old woman who made headlines earlier this month after her mother rescued her from ISIS in Syria has been released from custody by a Dutch court. Aïcha, the 19-year-old Jihadi bride was ordered released Tuesday afternoons, but the conditions of her release were not made public.
A mother from Maastricht has single-handedly rescued her daughter from the Syrian city of Raqqa. Raqqa is regarded as the capital city of the caliphate of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS).
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabia has closed down a sweets shop for selling offensive to Islam cakes.
CBS News reporter Clarissa Ward interviewed a 26 year old Dutch jihadist called Yilmaz.