Thursday, April 2, 2015

Steep Increase in Reports of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2014 in the Netherlands was the highest in five years. The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) reported 171 incidents in 2014 as against 100 in 2013.  These do not include incidents on social media outlets.  Incidents on social media are reported by another independent organization, MDI, which reported 238 anti-Semitic expressions, of which 188 are considered criminal under Dutch law. CIDI says that the reported incidents are a mere fraction of the total number of incidents.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two Mayors Go Public about Public Influence of Criminals

Very few Dutch mayors dare to speak openly about the intimidation tactics used against the authorities by criminal elements.  One mayor mentioned that the problem is particularly pronounced in the province of northern Brabant.  These criminals come from trailer parks, the Turkish mafia, and motorcycle gangs and collaborate with each other.  Some of these criminals try, via intermediaries, to obtain positions in municipal councils.  The intimidation causes fear among politicians, bureaucrats and government officials.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dutch Screening of Pilots Deemed Inadequate

The Telegraaf daily has received a variety of declarations from people working within the aviation field who claim that in the Netherlands, the screening process for new pilots is poor, and that psychological problems and the use of medications can easily be hidden.  The newspaper has the names of the individuals who have brought these claims forward.  They wish to remain anonymous toward the public and do not want to endanger their licenses and careers by coming into the open.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dutch Government Unable to Discover Who Finances Mosques

Minister of Security and Justice Van der Steur has written to parliament claiming that there is little transparency on how Muslim institutions in the Netherlands are financed. He added that many mosques work with “informal transactions” and cash payments.  Van der Steur says that while religious communities have the right to raise money abroad, he is worried that donors may influence the attitudes of mosques.  A study by the Ministry of Social Affairs has not been able to find out much about the foreign financing of Dutch mosques. Yet it is known that countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar finance foreign mosques in order to propagate their version of Islam.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dutch Railways Use Dangerous Old Trains

The Dutch railways, NS, has for years continued to use old trains which can easily derail after any incident and thus cause enormous damage and delays.  Already back in 2008, the transport inspector warned the NS about these trains.  A few days ago, a train of this kind, a Mat 64, hit a car. The driver of the car was killed and the train derailed.  The repairs to the railway took a week.  There are 47 of the Mat 64 trains currently in use by NS.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Twelve Jihadis from The Hague Killed in Iraq and Syria

According to new figures from the Hague municipality, probably twelve jihadis from the city have been killed in Iraq and Syria. The previous figures were from November, when the municipality said that eight jihadis had been killed.  So far, according to estimates, 46 jihadis from the Hague have travelled to Syria and Iraq. According to Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, three minors were prevented from travelling, 16 people from the Hague had plans to leave for the Middle East, but haven’t yet done so, and 11 jihadis have returned from the Middle East. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hundreds of Kilos of Possibly Anthrax-Infected Meat Sold

In autumn of 2014, hundreds of kilos of beef were sold which were possibly contaminated with the anthrax bacteria.  The Dutch Food and Commodities Administration did not inform consumers, yet the meat came in part from a Slovakian meat cellar where anthrax was discovered.  The meat was recalled from restaurants, butchers and supermarkets, but part of the meat had already been sold to consumers, who were not informed of the danger.