Geert Wilders and the PVV sparked outrage and anger from politicians and various left wing organizations with an anti-Islam campaign video broadcast on NPO on Thursday. A number of politicians and organizations announced that they will be pressing charges of incitement to hatred and violence against the PVV leader as well as the broadcaster. According to the video, Islam stands for terrorism and hatred against a whole list of peoples, including Jews, Christians, women, and homosexuals.
NL Times The video ends with “Islam is deadly”, also written in red letters, with blood dripping on the screen. The commercial was aired by NPO on Thursday, during broadcasting time for political parties. Wilders also posted it, in Dutch and English, on Twitter.
The Hague party Islam Democranten will press charges of incitement to hatred and violence against Muslims. Action groups Collective against Islamophobia and Discrimination and Nederland Bekent Kleur filed complaints with the National Ombudsman, also holding NPO and the Media Authority responsible.
NIDA and Partij van de Eenheid also pressed charges against the PVV leader, Omroep West reports. “Disgusting film. Reprehensible!” Hanna Luden from the center for information and documentation on Israel CIDI said. “Hereby a call to all politicians to condemn this publicly and unambiguously.”
Wilders responded to the commotion on Twitter. “No one will stop me from proclaiming the truth about Islam. No charges, no death threats, no al-Qaeda, no cowardly fellow politicians, no mosque associations. No one. Never. Islam is an existential danger for the Netherlands and our freedom” he tweeted.