Dutch Provincial Councilor Fired for Insulting Comments About Turkish Colleague

13 January 2012

A provincial councilor for the anti-Islam PVV in Limburg has been fired from the party for his comments describing a member of the Labour party as “a piece of sicked-up halal meat made from a Turkish pig”, Dutch News reports. Cor Bosman made the comment in an email a year ago, which was leaked to the local press last week. Bosman, who told reporters he had not been formally informed of the decision, said that he had meant the email to be sarcastic. The PVV is the biggest party in the province, holding 20% of the vote.

Turkish Dutch Women’s Health Hinders Employment

February 15 2011

Dutch News reports that Turkish Dutch women have poorer health than other immigrant women in the country, which has contributed to fewer jobs among this segment of the population. Only half of Turkish Dutch women are employed, compared with 72% of Dutch women. Moroccan Dutch women, the article reports, also face higher unemployment and poorer health.

Woman in Burqa Refused Entrance to Dutch Performance

November 10 2010

A woman wearing a burqa was refused entrance to a performance by Moroccan comic Anuar in the Dutch city Boekelo. The theatre had initially publicized a promotion in which the first ten women wearing burqas to the performance would be granted free entrance. Three women attended the performance in burqas- while two removed the garments when requested the third refused and was consequently denied admission. The theatre claims that she was denied entrance because of her behavior, not her dress.

Dutch News- http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2010/11/woman_in_burka_banned_from_the.php

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/press-review-thursday-11-november-2010#4

Arrests at Amsterdam Demonstrations

Oct 31 2010

Police arrested several protestors a series of demonstrations and counter demonstrations in Amsterdam this weekend. The English Defence League, a radical right wing organization demonstrating in support of the anti-Islam campaign of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, was covered with a heavy policy presence. Large organized counter demonstration against Wilders occurred in the city center and anti-Wilders demonstrators also gathered at the metro station nearest the English Defence League site. Police arrested 34 people for not having id and for public order offences.

Dutch News – http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2010/10/police_arrest_34_at_prowilders.php

Radio Netherlands Worldwide via Expatica – http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-news/british-extremists-show-support-for-wilders_106894.html

Dutch Moroccan Youth Overrepresented in Crime Statistics

Researchers for the Tijdschrift voor Criminologie (Journal of Criminology) claim
this week that over half of Dutch Moroccan youths have come into contact with
the police: some 54% of young Dutch Moroccan men, compared with 23% of
young men in the country overall.
The research report was picked up by several newspapers offering differing
commentaries on the results. Dutch News notes that the research does not
indicate how frequently police contact resulted in charges and convictions. The
NIS News, on the other hand, reports that more than half of the Dutch Moroccan
youths “have committed one or more crimes before they reached the age of 22”.
The researchers do not conclude why Dutch Moroccan youth are
overrepresented in crime statistics. They suggest that low socioeconomic status
and cultural factors may play a role, as well as citing Belgian research indicating
that police are more likely to question immigrant youths than white natives.

Dutch politician will not attend film premier

The premier for “Islam Rising: Geert Wilders Warning to the West”, a film by the American Christian Action Network (CAN), has been canceled. Wilders had initially planned to attend the Los Angeles premier but pulled out due anti-gay comments made by one of the film’s backers. The premier organizers have now canceled the event to “avoid creating any false impressions about our agenda and goals, or those of Geert Wilders”, Dutch News reports.

Media attention to Wilders continues with a feature article in the NRC Handelsblad exploring the difficulties teachers face “explaining to their students that anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is allowed to say things that would not be tolerated in school”. The feature suggests that Wilders’ anti-Islam rhetoric has created challenges for teachers: they must negotiate on the one hand students concerned that they will be made to leave the Netherlands if Wilders comes to power, and on the other those who repeat derogatory rhetoric because they are quoting a prominent politician.

Dutch politician calls for headscarf ban in the Hague

Right wing PVV (Freedom) Party leader Geert Wilders announced that a ban on headscarves for city council workers and in all institutions and clubs receiving local authority support will form the basis of negotiations during governing coalition talks in the upcoming months.

Wilders made the comments during a lengthy speech in Almere, one of the centers of support for his party. The ban will not apply to other religious items such as Christian crosses and Jewish skull caps, Wilders claims, because they are symbols of Dutch culture. Dutch News reports that the speech received a standing ovation.

Controversy over Turkish and Arabic posters in Netherlands’ election

Several candidates running in the Netherlands’ March 3 local elections have published campaign material in languages other than Dutch, sparking criticism from other campaigners. Turkish and Arabic-language election posters have appeared at various places in the country, as Labour (PvdA), the Christian democrats (CDA), centre-left D66, the Socialist Party (SP) and the leftwing Greens have posters up on which Islamic candidates are seeking their ethnic group’s voting support. The materials were printed by candidates without the permission of their party executive, and other parties have been reluctant to criticize the poster because they also have candidates publishing non-Dutch material.

Nonetheless, Integration minister Eberhard van der Laan has called on all parties to stop producing election campaign posters in other languages because they ‘do not fit in with the message’ that immigrants should learn Dutch. But the city’s Labour party has refused to withdraw leaflets in other languages, Dutch News reports. ‘The reality is that not everyone in Amsterdam speaks good Dutch. But these people should be able to vote as well,’ campaign leader Lodewijk Asscher said.

Dutch job market discriminates against non-Western applicants

Applicants with an ethnic minority background are less likely than native Dutch to be granted job interviews, according to a study released by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research. Dutch News reports the results of the study, which used fictitious candidates with different names to conduct the investigation. The discrepancy in interviewing increased with lower skilled positions. In addition, men were more likely than women to face discrimination and the hospitality trade and retail industry were least likely to interview potential new recruits with foreign origins.

Attack on flight from Dutch airport raises security questions

Dutch coverage of the December 25 attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to set off an explosion on the Northwest Air flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has centered largely on security issues. As Dutch News reports, national papers devote much attention to reconstructing what happened on board flight 253, the actions of the passenger who overpowered the alleged terrorist, and the implications regarding security screening at Schipol airport.

Articles in Elsevier and Telegraaf question the level of experience among security employees at Schipol, also questioning whether some security personnel may have had “sympathy for Muslim terrorists”, citing a source who claims there was “rejoicing among Muslim security workers” during the attacks of September 11 2001. The security issue continues to frame Dutch discussion of the attack, and the Netherlands has announced plans to use full body scans for flights bound for the United States.