Friday, August 29, 2014

AIVD Intelligence Service is Losing Track of jihadis

Due to the cutbacks in the budget and the new dynamics of the jihadi movement the general intelligence service can no longer follow adequately the Dutch jihadi movement. According to the general intelligence service AIVD the Dutch jihadi movement is now more dangerous than ever.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Advisor of the Anti-Black Pete Movement Quits Due to Death Threats

Frank King, the legal advisor of the anti-Black Pete movement, is quitting due to intimidation. He has received death threats and hate mail but has also been personally threatened in many other ways. His parents are originally from Surinam.  King reported that one mail said that “I should have been put on a 17th century slave ship, just like my ancestors”. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Black Pete Debate: The Call to Boycott Dutch Hema Chain Stores

The Black Pete debate, which has taken a central place in the Netherlands for well over a year, continues to smolder.  The Hema chain stores have decided to adapt their packaging for the national children’s holiday of Sinterklaas of December 5.  From next year on, they will not include the figure of Black Pete on their packaging.  Many social media users, however, are calling for a boycott of the stores as they want to preserve this major Dutch tradition.

Dutch Jihadist Had Leading Position in Foley’s Jail

The Belgian jihadist, Jejoen Bentinck, has stated that the jail where the decapitated American journalist James Foley was imprisoned had a Dutchman among its leading wardens.  The exact role of the Dutch jihadi, who is reputed to have trained as an engineer in the Netherlands, is not known.  Bentinck was jailed there for some time as well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Man Made Hitler Salute in Front of Police Officer and Was Not Arrested

The municipality, prosecution and police of Amsterdam regret that a police officer did not act correctly regarding a man who brought the Hitler salute.  This occurred during a pro-Palestinian demonstration where the police was present in order to assure that no discriminatory or anti-Semitic expressions would take place.  One of the demonstrators made the Hitler salute and a female police officer talked to him, but did not arrest him. As this was filmed, the police is now investigating the issue.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Hundred Employees of the Ministry of Defense Claim Sickness Due to Exposure to Carcinogenic Material

A hundred former employees of the Ministry of Defense who are extremely sick have contacted lawyers in order to sue the government.   They say that while working in the workshops of the Ministry, they were exposed to chrome-6, a poisonous material which causes cancer.  A 1999 report of a government institution, the Arbodiens, already concluded, however, that employees had been in contact with chrome-6. In June, Minister of Defense Hennis said that there are no concrete indications that employees have been exposed to high concentrations of any dangerous materials.  The Ministry maintains this position until today, but has started an investigation.

Minister Asscher: After Years of Neglect, We Will Deal With Hate Imams

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher says that the Netherlands has given little attention to hate Imams in recent years.  Only when Rita Verdonk was a minister, from 2003-2007, was there greater attention given to the problem.  She had, on some occasions, refused travel documents and expelled Imams from the Netherlands. Asscher says that the government will soon present a program to deal more efficiently with Muslim extremism.  He added that “we will make the work of Hate Imams difficult, and where possible, stop it”.