Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Under Pressure, Mosque Delays Provocative Symposium

A Muslim organization Platform Bewust Moslim had planned a symposium in the Al-Amal mosque in Hilversum on “Ethnic Cleansing of the Palestinians”on May 4th. This is National Memorial Day for the dead of the Second World War. The largest number of dead in the Netherlands belonged to the Jewish community. There was much protest against this provocation by the organizers. The Freedom Party asked the Ministers of Interior and Social Affairs to close the mosque. The Mayor of Hilversum asked the organizers to delay the meeting. Under pressure, the organizers said that there was so much interest, that the mosque was too small to hold everyone and they delayed the symposium.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fans of Turkish Soccer Champion Fenerbahce Riot in Rotterdam

One hundred to one hundred and fifty Dutch fans of Turkish soccer champion Fenerbahce poured into the streets of Rotterdam. When police asked them to move, they attacked the police and threw stones at them. The special police mobile riot unit had to intervene. One fan was arrested. Fireworks were thrown at a police dog.

Monday, April 28, 2014

After Ajax Fan Vandalism, 9 Train Cars out of Service

It has now become known that the damage to train cars vandalized by Ajax fans amounts to 40,000 Euro. Nine train cars with 700 seats are out of service. A spokesman from the railways says that windows have been broken, fire extinguishers have been emptied and wastebaskets have been damaged.

Ajax Fans Destroy Train and Cause Riots in Amsterdam

On Sunday, Ajax Amsterdam won the Dutch Soccer Championship again. Fans returning from Almelo where the club had played, destroyed part of the train they were on. Thirty fans were arrested at the intermediate Utrecht station. In the center of Amsterdam, 50 fans were arrested due to vandalism and disturbance of public order. One policeman was bitten by a person who was under arrest.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

One-Third of Food Stalls Selling on Kings Day not Hygienic

One third of the street stalls which sold food on the occasion of King’s Day last week, did so in a non-hygienic way. This was stated by the Dutch Food and Commodities Authority (NVWA). A major problem was keeping food at correct temperatures. Three hundred and fifty stalls were checked. Twenty stall owners were fined. Problems were found in both individual stalls and professional coffee shops and restaurants.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Soccer Final Interrupted Due to Fireworks on the Field

A few minutes after the Dutch soccer final between PEC Zwolle and Ajax started, the referee sent the players off the field. Ajax fans had thrown fireworks and flares onto the field twice, which caused a lot of smoke. Later, the game was resumed and PEC won 5-1.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thirty Jihadis have Returned to the Netherlands; Two Have Blown Themselves Up

Minister Plasterk (Labor) of the Interior said that in the annual report of the General Intelligence Services (AIVD), it is stated that 30 jihadis have returned to the Netherlands.They represent a potential threat to the country. Furthermore, new Dutch jihadis are departing. The report also says that two Dutch jihadis have blown themselves up in the past year. One did so in Iraq with a backpack aiming at a civilian target. The other carried out a suicide attack with a car bomb in Syria.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Amsterdam: Post-War Municipality Charged and Fined Jews for Missing Wartime Payments

Jews, including those who were in hiding during the war, or returned from concentration camps, were taxed and fined for long-lease payments during the Second World War when they returned. This often concerned Jews whose homes had been expropriated for use by Germans and Nazi collaborators. Documents related to this issue have come into the hands of students when they were digitalized before the originals were destroyed.
Amsterdam’s conduct in this issue was far more severe than other municipalities.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Family Members of Srebrenica Murdered Request Court Case against Dutch Officers

Family members of three victims of the Srebrenica genocide request prosecution of the commander of the Dutchbat UN unit, Thom Karremans and his deputy Rob Franken. They claim that the two officers delivered their family members the Dutchbat translator Hasan Nuhanovic and the unit’s electrician Rizo Mustavic to the Bosnian Serbs who murdered them. Their lawyer says the Dutch prosecution has failed in its investigation of the two officers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Catholic Church Admits Sexual Misbehavior of Dead Bishop

Catholic Church Admits Sexual Misbehavior of Dead Bishop
After the story appeared in the media the bishoprie of Roermond admits that Bishop Jo Gijsen abused two boys when he was a chaplain. He died last year. There are many more rumors about his sexual misbehavior both in the Netherlands and Iceland where he later became a bishop. The bishop of Roermond Frans Wiertz apologized to the victims and expressed his regrets that the exemplary function of the late bishop has been damaged.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last Half Year: Five Victims of Sickness of Lyme committed Suicide

10 April 2014
The Dutch Association of Sickness of Lyme Patients (NVLP) confirms that five patients of the Sickness have committed suicide in the past half year due to the unbearable suffering. In the Netherlands often there is no perspective for proper treatment. Many patients go at their own expense abroad, but not everybody has the funds.  NVLP Board member Miranka Mud says that suicides often result from faulty diagnoses many years ago. Therefore treatment started too late.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Replacement High Speed Trains Also Fail

After the huge failure of the Fyra high speed trains the state-owned NS railway company has now also taken all the 18 replacement trains brought in their place out of service. The NS says that there are problems with the flow of electricity to the locomotives. They will be checked by the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. It is not known how long the investigation will last.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wilders: Put in Police Complaints about Labor Party Leaders

Five thousand people have submitted complaints to the police about Geert Wilders’ remarks that there should be less Moroccans in the Netherlands. Thereupon, Wilders has called on his supporters to submit complaints against Labor Party leader Samson, who is quoted as having said that Moroccans have an “ethnic monopoly” on causing a nuisance. Labor Party Chairman Spekman has said that he wants Moroccans who cause nuisances, “to be humiliated in the eyes of their own people.”

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dutch Government Finances Studies of Jihadis in Syria

Part of the Dutch Jihadi fighters in Syria receive governmental “study financing.” The National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Safety (NCTV) investigated how big this group is and whether it is possible to do anything about it. In practice, it turns out that this is very difficult however. On the other hand, all social security payments to known jihadists have been stopped. (There are about 100 Dutch Jihadists presently in Syria.)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Minister of Justice Allegedly Misled Parliament

Minister Opstelten of Justice has misinformed Parliament about a whitewash deal which his Deputy Fred Teeven closed with the major drug dealer, Cees H. This was said by Piet Doedens, who was then the lawyer of the drug dealer. Opstelten said in Parliament that 1.25 million Guilders were paid to the drug dealer. Doedens says that the amount was 5 million. Teeven was Prosecutor at the time. Cees H. was one of the leaders of the infamous Octopus Network, which inter alia shipped several tons of hashish from Pakistan. After he was condemned, the authorities tried to put their hands on his money obtained from crime. When this failed, an arrangement was made – the state received 750,000 Guilders. The criminal got back 5 million. Also, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, the current lawyer of Cees H., confirms this deal. Doedens says that Cees H. also received back several buildings, a yacht, exclusive cars and jewels after the deal with the authorities.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Municipal Counselor: Moroccan Demonstrators are a ‘Ticking Bomb’

The group of Moroccans which demonstrated last week against the jeweler’s wife who killed two robbers is a ‘ticking bomb,’ said former Labor Party Municipal Counselor in Eindhoven, Mustapha Abbou. According to him, the group of demonstrators has no perspective in life and is in the order of magnitude of several tens to a hundred. Most have dropped out of school, but there are also youths among them who have studied in university.
At home, they are under pressure to work or go to school, but the Labor Exchange doesn’t even register them. He said that the municipality has to develop a plan and dialogue with the imams and not with the mosque leaders. They listen to the imams, who preach on a weekly basis.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deputy Minister Condemns Demonstrations by Friends of Killed Robbers

Deputy Minister Fred Teeven of Security and Justice condemned the demonstration by youths against the jeweler couple who killed two robbers at their store. He said that the demonstrators support violence and added, “If you don’t use violence, you don’t provoke it.” Several tens of youths demonstrated in Deurne against the couple who most probably shot the robbers out of self-defense. There was also a similar demonstration in the much bigger town of Eindhoven. In the meantime in Deurne, the mayor has prohibited all demonstrations.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Every Year 25 Million Euro Unjustified in Social Security Payments

Every year communities have to write off 25 million Euro of unjustified social security payments. The recipients – often fraudulent ones – are caught, but never return the payments. In addition, there is an amount of 600 million claims of non-returned social security fraud. This concerns monies that the municipalities still expect to collect according to their bookkeeping. This amount increased in 2012 by more than 30 million Euro.