There were more than 100 ‘incidents’ at mosques in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2010, far more than in other countries. (Hey, what are we doing wrong?)
RNW The incidents are detailed in a new Dutch book about Islamophobia and discrimination. Those responsible for the trouble mostly go unpunished and Muslims often file no criminal reports. (That’s because groups like CAIR do all the filing for them)
In the 1990s, the Netherlands was known for being extremely tolerant of foreign religions, says Frank Bovenkerk, emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam (UVA).“… until surveys suddenly showed considerable animosity towards Islam was developing. The researchers thought: ‘This kind of split with the past isn’t possible’. But it in fact was.”
Then came the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States and the murder of Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim in 2004. Dr Bovenkerk blames Dutch politicians for fanning the flames of hostility towards Muslims: “After Van Gogh’s murder, the then deputy prime minister, Gerrit Zalm, said that we were “now at war.”
Things went differently in the United States as Dr Bovenkerk points out: “The first thing president Bush did after 9/11 was to visit a mosque because he knew that he mustn’t jeopardise his relationship with Muslim Americans. They were really careful about that there. (And that was Bush’s biggest mistake)
But in the Netherlands, we went along much more easily with politicians such as Pim Fortuyn and later Geert Wilders, who exploited the aversion to Islam for political gain.” (Geert Wilders is so popular, he could become the next PM of the Netherlands)
Ineke van der Valk has written a book about Islamophobia and discrimination in the Netherlands. She lists 117 incidents at Dutch mosques between 2005 and 2010. The number in the US was just 42 during the same period. The incidents include arson, the daubing of slogans on walls, vandalism and much more.(Much of it caused by Muslims themselves to get sympathy from dhimmi politicians and writers like this one)
“A suspect letter containing powder, telephone threats, hanging a dead sheep on the building, with ‘No Mosque’ daubed on the body. Or a pig’s head. Or sheep’s or pig’s blood daubed on the wall …” (Notice how the damage is never very extensive, usually just cosmetic things)
These incidents happened surprisingly often in small places. Ms Van der Valk thinks immigrants are much more accepted in large towns because immigration has been going on there for much longer. (Think again. People hate muslims wherever they are)
The people responsible have seldom been found. They’ve not been identified in 99 of the 117 cases. “That makes you think it’s time the police and justice authorities did more about it,” she says. (Well, DUH! That’s because so many of the incidents are the work of Muslims)
Then there’s the Islamophobia on the internet. Ronald Eissens from the MDI registration centre for discrimination on the internet : “In 2011, there were 290 reports of Islamopohobic comments, nearly one-fifth of the total reports of discrimination.” (ONLY 290? Blogs like this one get 290 anti-Islam comments every day. But as we all know, it isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you)
He says that discrimination is becoming increasingly more mainstream on the Dutch-language internet. “It’s moving from the dark alleys into the full light of day, on the popular web forums, which are read by everyone.”
What can be done about the situation? Ineke van der Valk: “You’ve got to get to grips with the social problems which play a role in why people turn to discrimination. People who are victims of crimes perpetrated by Muslims are quicker to discriminate.” (You don’t say!)
You also have to push the openness of society and prize the values of diversity. She thinks Norway set a good example in the way it dealt with Anders Breivik’s attacks.
Geert Wilders says, “Deporting millions of Muslims may be necessary.”
In case you are still wondering why the Dutch hate Muslims, here’s a clip of Muslims in a classroom in Amsterdam protesting a Swedish artist who came to give a lecture on free speech.