Dutch citizens have grown more worried about war and terrorism since last year, but feel less concerned about incoming refugees. People also feel most solidarity towards one another during May 4th’s Remembrance Day and May 5th’s World War II Liberation Day celebrations, according to a survey of 900 people released this week.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the "awful acts of terrorism" that left one police officer dead and two injured in a shooting in Paris on Thursday evening.
"Awful act of terrorism last night in Paris. Our thoughts are with the victims. I expressed our sympathies to President Francois Hollande", Rutte wrote on Twitter.
The Sint Joriscollege in Eindhoven decided to cancel a school trip to Paris scheduled for Friday after another terrorist attack in the French city on Thursday evening. One police officer was killed and two others seriously injured in a shooting on the Champs Elysees that was claimed by terrorist organization ISIS, Omroep Brabant reports.
At this stage Ajax sees no reason to take any extra security measures at the Europa League match between the Amsterdam club and Schalke 04 on Thursday, following a targeted attack on Borussia Dortmund in Germany last night, a spokesperson for the club said to AD. "Because the threat level is currently no different than the last few months", he said.
Dutch foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War that return to the Netherlands pose a risk to the safety of the country, this includes returning children, according to a Terrorist Threat Assessment for the Netherlands published by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security on Thursday. ISIS won't hesitate to use children to commit terrorist attacks, according to the report, ANP reports.
A 39-year-old man arrested in Antwerp on Thursday on suspicion of trying to commit a terrorist attack, was arrested three times last week. One of those times happened in Rotterdam, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.
Why suspect Mohamed R. was arrested in Rotterdam is unclear. The police told him that he had to leave the Netherlands. He listened, because on Monday the Belgian police checked him at a friend's house in Hoboken, according to the newspaper.
Two weeks ago the Dutch Public Prosecutor issued a summons for 10 suspected Dutch jihadists to appear in court today. As the suspects are believed to be in Syria or Iraq, the summons could not be personally delivered. So the Prosecutor found other ways to try and reach the suspects, including social media. Two of the suspects actually responded to the Prosecutor's Facebook post, according to AD journalist Cyril Rosman tweeting from within the courtroom.
Seventeen year old twins Sem and Jady were two of a group of Dutch kids who witnessed the terrorist attack at Westminster in London on Wednesday. Panicking, Sem called home and reached his father. "Such a call will scare you to death", father Leo van der Hoeven said to RTL Nieuws.
A group of school pupils from Bergen op Zoom witnessed a terrorist attack in London on Wednesday afternoon. Five people were killed and around 40 injured when a man crashed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed into the Westminster Palace gate, got out and stabbed a police officer, the Telegraaf reports.
The one year anniversary of the Brussels Bombings, terrorist attacks in which 32 people were killed including three Dutch tourists, was commemorated with a minute of silence at both bombing sites on Wednesday morning. Numerous remembrance ceremonies will be held in the Belgian city throughout the day, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor issued an official and public summons to 10 Dutch men believed to be fighting for terrorist organization ISIS in Syria and Iraq. These men are summoned to attend a pretrial hearing in the court of Rotterdam on March 23rd, the Prosecutor said in a statement on the police website.
Another 10 Dutch names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list. The list now contains 100 names - 86 men, 11 women and three organizations, RTL Nieuws reports.
Most of the names on the list involve people believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq.
The bank accounts and assets of everyone on the list have been frozen, which means they can no longer access the money in their accounts. This measure is intended to make it more difficult for terrorist activities to be funded from the Netherlands.
Mohammed B., currently serving a life sentence in the high security prison in Vught for the 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh, barricaded himself in the prison's kitchen on Wednesday and trashed it. He was angry because he found out that two men who carried out a terrorist attack on a mosque in Enschede last year were placed in the same prison wing as two Muslim women, NOS reports.
According to Hans van Wageningen, D66 States member in Limburg, PVV leader Geert Wilders is hoping for a terrorist attack in the Netherlands shortly before the election on March 15th. "He hopes for an attack just before the election and that he'll be sitting plush in The Hague when the smoke clears", he said on Twitter on Wednesday night.
Information about Prime Minister Mark Rutte and military airbase Volkel was found in the home of 23-year-old Eindhoven terror suspect Hasan A., the Public Prosecutor revealed in court on Thursday. Hasan A. is standing trial on suspicion of preparing for terrorist actions, AD reports.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor wants to prosecute jihadists before their return to the Netherlands, while they are still in Syria and Iraq, national coordinating prosecutor Ferry van Veghel said in Nieuwsuur. "Given the high risk of people who come back from this area, we do not want to wait until they come back before opening criminal investigations. We want it all to start now and continue in their absence", he said.
Dutch mosques were targeted in dozens of incidents over the past year, a clear increase compared to previous years, Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Friday. He suggests that extra preventative measures be taken at mosques and at a local level, AD reports.
THe Blauwe Mosque in Amsterdam will have extra security during the noon prayer on Friday. The extra security is organized by the Security Pact against Discrimination, a group made up of Muslims, Jews, Christians and other organizations, Het Parool reports.
People with a dual nationality are still welcome to travel to the United States, spokesperson Kevin McAleenan of the U.S. Border Guard said at a press conference. On Tuesday a number of Dutch-Iranians launched a petition against Donald Trump's decree to close the American borders for people from seven Muslim countries, which at the time seemed to include them.
Many teachers in the Netherlands feel they have to avoid talking about sensitive topics such as sexual orientation and religion in their classrooms, according to a study by DUO. So-called Islamization and terrorist organization ISIS in particular are topics to be avoided. The teachers blame failed integration for this, ANP reports.
Four large mosques in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht will be locking their doors during all prayer sessions for the time being. The mosques are deeply concerned about the safety of their visitors following a bloody attack on a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday night, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands and Germany asked their American counterparts for an explanation and clarification on president's Donald Trump's decision to close the United States borders for asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries, Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel said in a joint statement, the Volkskrant reports.
At least six people were killed and eight others injured in an attack on a mosque during evening prayer in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday evening. Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs condemns the attack and expressed his sympathies to the victims and their loved ones.
"I condemn the terrorist attack in Canada in the strongest terms", the Dutch Minister said on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Twitter account. "I sympathize with the victims of the attack on a mosque in Canada. Discrimination, exclusion and hate are never acceptable."