April 24, 2014
Two Dutch suicide bombers have died in attacks in Iraq and Syria, home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk said on Wednesday at the publication of the AIVD’s annual report. The AIVD is the country’s General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands.
One man was involved in an attack on citizens in Iraq using a wired-up rucksack. The other set off a car bomb in Syria, the minister is quoted as saying. He declined to give any further details.
The AIVD report also shows the impact of digital spying on the Netherlands, saying the country is particularly vulnerable because of its high value IT structure.
Dutch News- http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/04/two_dutch_suicide_bombers_have.php#sthash.WVBvqZaz.dpuf
AIVD Annual Report -https://www.aivd.nl/@3095/aivd-nederlanders/
April 23, 2014
Geert Wilders’ personal policy advisor and member of Zuid Holland provincial council has left the Freedom Party (PVV). Stephan Jansen, who has been active for the party since 2006, says in a letter to party workers that his departure is due to the anti-Moroccan statements made by Wilders during and after the local election campaign.
‘The recent statements about Moroccans made by our political leader, Mr. Wilders, have ensured our party will never be taken seriously again,’ Jansen writes. ‘No other political party will work with us.’
Two MPs, one MEP and a handful of provincial councilors have quit since Geert Wilders led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant after the local elections. At the same time, a poll conducted for the party indicated that 43% of the 2,500 respondents “would rather there were fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.”
Dutch News- http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/04/pvv_leader_wilders_loses_key_a.php#sthash.VZNePFEN.dpuf
April 3, 2014
The impact of right wing politician Geert Wilders’ anti-Moroccan chant before local elections in the Netherlands continues. The public prosecution has released a statement after receiving more than 5,000 formal complaints about the chant. According to the prosecution, decision to prosecute will not be influenced by the volume of complaints. “We look at the contents and what Mr Wilders exactly said and in which context,” the department said in a statement. “In principle, one complaint is sufficient. We will take note that so many have been made but that will not influence what Wilders said or if he committed a crime.”
The department could not say when it will reach a decision regarding whether to prosecute.
Two MPs, one MEP and a selection of local and provincial councilors have broken ties with the PVV since the chant.
AFP via Expatica– http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-news/5000-police-complaints-against-dutch-populist-wilders_289344.html
Dutch News– http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/04/more_than_5000_make_police_com.php
Dutch News – http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/04/new_poll_of_polls_shows_impact.php
April 3, 2014
According to national newspaper AD, in the Netherlands some 5,000 individuals will be trained to recognize signs of ‘radicalisation’ among young Muslims. They will include teachers and police officers. AD bases its claims on confidential documents from the counter-terrorism body NCTV and security service AIVD.
Additionally, surveillance of youth who have travelled to Syria is increasing. The surveillance will reportedly be carried out by trained police officers who will be charged with openly monitoring the youth. So far, 13 youth have had their passports withdrawn, several dozen have lost social security benefits, and on four occasions individuals have had their financial resources frozen.
Dutch News – http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/04/returning_dutch_syria_fighters.php
February 15, 2014
The case of Soumaya S – given a four year jail term in 2008 for terrorism, and about whose conviction there are now serious doubts – is now being heard in an Amsterdam court, according to the Telegraaf. The Supreme Court ordered a retrial of her case in 2011, following claims that justice ministry officials withheld crucial telephone recordings from the defence. Soumaya S’s lawyer claims that the recordings show she was not involved in a plot against Dutch politician as a member of the Hofstadgroep.
Dutch News: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/first_dutch_female_terrorist_r.php#sthash.Zvj0wWVw.dpuf
February 24, 2014
The terrorist threat in the Netherlands remains ‘substantial’, according to the latest threat report from the Dutch counter terrorism body NCTV. The risk remains at this level due to ongoing concerns about residents traveling to Syria to engage in armed conflict. NCTV says some 100 Dutch nationals have so far travelled to Syria, of whom some 70 remain in the country.
Dutch News – http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/terror_threat_remains_substant.php#sthash.7NsLuf33.dpuf
February 14, 2014
The three individuals suspected of stealing tests from the Ibn Ghaldoun school in Rotterdam have been convicted for the theft and distribution of 27 exam papers. The sentence is one month in jail and 170 hours community service. Since all three spent time in custody during the investigation, they will not have to return to jail to complete the sentence. The three have also been told they are responsible for paying 86,000 euros to the education ministry to cover the cost of exam retakes.
Dutch News: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/school_exam_thieves_now_face_b.php
Earlier euro-islam news summary of the issue: http://www.euro-islam.info/2013/06/20/national-final-exams-stolen-at-rotterdam-islamic-school/
February 7, 2014
An 18 year old woman applying for a job with the staffing agency All-In was told that she could not work there if she wore a headscarf. The woman did not wear a headscarf to the interview, but had done so during a previous internship. The company asked her about the headscarf, stating “we are a Dutch company and are allowed to make demands.”
Judith van Aalst, a spokesperson for All-In, is quoted by /Spits/ as saying All-In was warning the woman about possible client reactions: “Some 95% of our clients are Polish and she might have been bullied. That is why I raised the headscarf issue.” The woman is now making a formal complaint to the police.
Dutch News- http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/staffing_agency_says_no_job_fo.php
February 4, 2014
A court in the Netherlands has released two young men from custody, pending their trial. The two men (aged 26 and 21) were arrested in Germany in August, allegedly en route to Syria to fight in the civil war. The public prosecution claims this means the men were preparing to take part in terrorist attacks. The two have been allowed out of jail pending their trial for plotting terrorist offences, but must remain in the Netherlands.
Dutch News – http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/02/two_men_released_from_jail_pen.php
January 28, 2014
Eight individuals planning to travel to Syria from the Netherlands have had their passports confiscated, Dick Schoof, head of counter-terrorism in the Netherlands, announced to a national radio station. According to Schoof, the confiscation occurred to prevent Dutch nationals from travelling to fight in Syria. This is the first time such measures have been employed, and Schoof noted that while the move is “effective”, he must now wait to hear court judgments regarding whether such confiscation is legally possible.
Dutch News: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/01/eight_jihadists_have_their_pas.php