Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is concerned that frustrations among asylum seekers could lead to radicalization. The terrorism-threat level for the Netherlands has not changed in the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security's latest assessment. The possibility exists that individuals with ill intentions may try to enter the country among refugees, though no such case has been found yet.
Parliamentarian Selcuk Ozturk thinks that PVV Geerd Wilders is becoming more and more like Adolf Hitler. Ozturk is annoyed about Wilders' tweet that Turkish-Dutch who voted for the AK party in the Turkish elections should leave the country.
A group of Dutch municipal officials from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Arnhem were attacked in Paris on Wednesday night. The officials are in Paris on a three-day trip to look at how the French counter radicalization in young people.
The Radicalization Helpline is currently in close contact with 68 families, of which more than half of the children have already traveled abroad to conflict areas. This is number is much higher than the organization expected.
An Amsterdam delegation, including Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and alderperson Kajsa Ollongren, is currently on a visit to Tel Aviv and Ramallah. The purpose of this visit is to investigate the possibilities and desirability of cooperation between Amsterdam and the two cities and to answer the question on how Amsterdam can relate to these different communities at a municipal level.
The Air Force sergeant who is believed to have joined ISIS may have sensitive information on ongoing military missions, as well as personal information on his colleagues currently involved in the the fight against the terrorist organization.
The Ministry of Defense has reason to believe that an actively serving soldier - a 26 year old sergeant at the Royal Air Force - has left for Syria to join terrorist organization Islamic State.
The new manual for teachers on how to deal with radicalizing young people is too soft and mild and hardly offers any concrete advice.
The municipality of Utrecht has decided on a neutral approach to controversial imams. If controversial imams preaching in Utrecht creates unrest in the media, the municipality will react neutrally to prevent polarization.
Schools will soon be able to install a software system on school networks that scans for key words such as Jihad, ISIS or YODO - you only die once. The system is intended to help schools quickly identify signs of radicalization in students.
Last year the Public Prosecutor did 54 investigations into radicalization and terrorism aimed at approximately 90 suspects. "Dozens of Dutch people were prepared to travel to the ISIS proclaimed 'caliphate' in Iraq and Syria."
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice sees no facts or circumstances to abandon the construction of the new large mosque in Gouda. According to him, this is a local, ongoing process and there is no reason for the Cabinet to intervene.
A total of 45 imams from Morocco will preach the so-called "healthy Islam" in the Netherlands during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month that starts on June 18th.
Amsterdam is further tightening its approach to radicalization in the city. In the coming years the city will pay even more attention to making connections between Amsterdam residents, protecting vulnerable groups and individuals and addressing those in the city that pose the greatest risks, the municipality announced in a press release today.
The terrorist threat level remains substantial and the probability of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands remains real. There are, however, currently no concrete indications of planned attacks in the country.
The municipality of The Hague has started a trial that will enable them to better assess how dangerous radicalized "lone wolves" are, Mayor Jozias van Aartsen wrote in an action plan against radicalization.
Correctional facilities should focus on rehabilitation and reintegration of radicalized prisoners, instead of focusing on the prevention of radicalization among other prisoners. This is according to PhD research done by Tinka Veldhuis, assistant professor of Criminology at the University of Leiden, at the University of Groningen.
EU Ministers of Education are meeting in Paris today to discuss new measures to tackle radicalization across the European Union. Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) thinks that teachers need more support in highlighting the issue of radicalization in schools.
Speakers arranged for a controversial gala of Muslim imams were stripped of their visas to enter the Netherlands do to the "risky" nature of the event, and to protect Muslims, the National Counterterrorism Coordinator wrote in a letter to Parliament. The event was scheduled for March 8th in Rijswijk, but was cancelled by organizers who said the unfair depictions of their group in the media made it impossible to hold their gala.
The Council of Ministers will discuss possible extra funding for security services today.
Yesterday the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) discussed the cause of radicalization and how it can be addressed with, among others, representatives from the Muslim community and scholars, De Telegraaf reports.
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.
In the almost month and a half since the Alliance of Moroccan Dutch's (SNM) telephone helpline for radicalization has been launched, the organization has handled 30 cases, the Alliance announced on its website today.
Prisons in the Netherlands are not capable of recognizing radicalization in prisoners, let alone stop it, according to Harry Versteeg, president of the Association of Prison Directors.