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.
The Central Jewish Board (CJO) is asking synagogue congregations to start a letter-writing campaign to convince the Mayors of their cities to add more security around Jewish sites in the Netherlands. The letter is a response to the attack in Paris and the raid in Verviers, reports NRC. Both France and Belgium have deployed the army to guard the Jewish institutions.
According to American whistle blower Edward Snowden, mass surveillance is not effective at all. "The problem with mass surveillance is that you're burying people under too much data." Snowden said in an interview with Niewsuur in Moscow.
Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD walk on the leash of USA's National Security Agency (NSA) and are "extremely docile" and seen as "subordinates", says former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden in an interview to Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur.
The meeting between Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam last night attracted so many visitors that they could barely fit in the library hall. Several hundred people gathered in the capital to reflect on the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Apparently we provided for a need", initiator Lody van de Kamp from the friendship circle Salaam-Shalom said about the high turnout.
The Gultepe mosque in Rotterdam-Noord received a threatening letter this week. "You can not trust anyone anymore, so get out while you can, because death is in your mosque", a part of the text reads.
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.
A number of radical Dutch Muslims are on the run after the failed attack in Belgium and the terrorist attack in France. In the Hague alone 11 Muslims have fled. Four of them were arrested in Turkey. They were on their way to Syria.
A Muslim man and his family in The Hague received a letter containing death threats last week. The direct cause seems to be the attacks in Paris. The letter writer threatens to "decapitate" the man and to blow up his house if he does not "fuck off" within a week, AD reports.
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
Copies of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo did not arrive in the Netherlands for distribution on Thursday, as previously expected. The cause of the delay is not known.
The livelihood of Amsterdam Fashion Week (AFW) is under serious threat, after the city's municipality expressed a reluctance to subsidize the event. As foreign competitors steal more of Dutch talent and audiences, the event's organizer Bart Maussen is contemplating his next move. In an interview with Quote magazine, he revealed that unless more support is provided by the municipality, it is the end of this event in Amsterdam.
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.
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.
Two of the largest booksellers in the Netherlands will sell Charlie Hebdo this week. The country will get access to just 500 copies of the French magazine, which is likely to have a three million copy print run this week.
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.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte tried to allay fears that the Netherlands is not prepared to deal with domestic terrorism following a meeting of the Dutch Cabinet on Friday. “While we cannot guarantee that no attacks will take place, the police, security offices and the [National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism] have done everything reasonable to prevent this,” he said at a press conference.
Opposition members of parliament say they are concerned with the current state of security measures in the Netherlands. They want the government to prevent attacks similar to those in and around Paris this week, and to raise the readiness of the security forces. The Anti-Islam PVV party says they even want to deploy the army as part of a plan to beef up domestic secur
Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher does not think any differently about Muslims days after the attack on French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, reports newswire ANP.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is giving a speech after the moment of silence to commemorate the victims and families of the Charlie Hebdo shootings is concluded. Prime Minister Rutte will make his remarks from Dam Square in Amsterdam.
An exhibition of items from one of the most popular television series in the world, Game of Thrones, is returning to Amsterdam. The returning expo offers the fans an exclusive chance to the peek into the fascinating world of the series based on the books of George R. R. Martin.
Demonstrations are being organized in several Dutch cities on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. in support of the victims and survivors of the attack on in Paris on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in a raid at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, and many others were injured.
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
Tickets went on sale Monday morning for two shows by rock legends U2 and the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, with fans and hawks snatching up all the tickets within thirty minutes. The sale started at 10 a.m., with all 30,000 tickets gone by 10:30 a.m.