7 August 2011
Muslims participating at an orientation week at Leiden University are able to receive a refund on their meal tickets, as this year’s activities fall during the month of Ramadan. Muslim students who hand back their meal tickets will receive 30 euros back from their 65 euro registration fees. De Telegraaf reports that most universities are not changing their orientation programs to accommodate for Ramadan, though Utrecht University will ensure that obligatory sessions will not run during the evenings, allowing Muslim students to break fast with their families, while in Maastricht halal meat will be available, as in previous years, during the annual barbecue.
June 4 2011
De Telegraaf reports that a video clip released by as-Sahab, al-Qaeda’s media branch, has featured an image of Mohammed Bouyeri, who killed Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in 2004. His inclusion is unusual in a video which otherwise focuses on depictions of senior al-Qaeda leaders.
De Telegraaf reports that a Muslim nurse in Den Bosch has been firing for refusing to wear short sleeves. After working in the hospital since 2001, the nurse began wearing long sleeves under her work uniform as she “started becoming more engrossed in her faith”, explains her lawyer Frank Vermeeren. Barred from work in April 2008 for her refusal to bare her arms, she proceeded to lodge formal objections. Now a judge in Den Bosch has dissolved the nurse’s employment contract as of August 1, 2009, awarding the nurse 8,500 euro in compensation.
Almost 9 out of every 10 Islamic schools in the Netherlands has been found to spend government subsidies unlawfully. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, illegal spending at 86 percent of Islamic schools ranges from salaries to ‘teachers’ who were not properly trained, but often ended up being wives of management board members, and unlawful payments for transport, including a trip to Saudi Arabia. The education ministry is attempting to reclaim 4.5 euro back in unlawfully spend school subsidies.
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A disgraced former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam has published a children’s book, about a friendship between a Muslim boy and a Jewish girl, that she says seeks to fight prejudice in both communities. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been living under heavy guard since the 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh, himself a provocative critic of Islam, who directed a film she wrote that accused Islam of condoning violence against women. Her new book, “Adan and Eva,” tells the story of a Moroccan boy and a rich Jewish girl living in Amsterdam. Adan takes Eva to Koranic school, while Adan gets drunk on wine served at a Jewish meal. Their families eventually decide to break up the friendship and Eva is sent to boarding school in Switzerland, while Adan is banished to Morocco. “Everything starts at school. That is where children learn about each other and learn to respect each other. We live in a world of adult prejudice,” Hirsi Ali told De Telegraaf daily. “Reconciliation starts with children.”