March 27 2011
Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam Freedom Party which currently supports the coalition minority government in the Netherlands, gave a speech for the Magna Carta Foundation in Rome in which he called for a “Leave Islam Day”. Wilders’ suggestion for the day “in which we can honor the courageous men and women who want to leave Islam” formed one of several strategies to “turn the tide of Islamization” in Europe.
Back in the Netherlands on March 31, Wilders called in an interview with HP/De Tijd for public debate on the “real nature and character of Mohammed.” The parliamentary leader for the CDA, the party Wilders’ PVV supports in the parliamentary coalition, called the statements “unnecessary and tasteless.”
February 21 2011
Politician Roel Kuiper, of the Netherlands’ Christian Union, has called for a constitutional amendment banning sharia law in the country. He suggests that Islamic law is “grounded in retaliation” and is “not rooted in principles which form part of Dutch culture”. Further, Senator Kuiper wants to regulate the flow of money from Arab countries to Dutch mosques.
Geert Wilders, controversial anti-Islam leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands, has announced that he is writing a book about how to combat Islam. Wilders told the Telegraaf in an interview that the book will be aimed primarily at the American market, noting his international ambitions in addition to his expectations of success in national politics. Wilders stirred up brief controversy earlier in the week when he tweeted his season’s greetings in Arabic. The message read “Merry Christmas and less Islam in 2011”
October 22 2010
A special committee of Amsterdam’s district court has ordered a retrial for Geert Wilders, the MP facing charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims with his inflammatory comments The retrial ruling comes after Wilders’ lawyer accused judges of bias and attempting to influence expert witness Hans Jansen. The court’s special review panel ruled that judges had created an appearance of bias in the trial and it therefore has to be repeated. Meanwhile, ANP reports that the president of the high court in the country has commented that Wilders’ is undermining the legal system, that as a member of parliament he is supposed to contribute to the stability of law.
October 4 2010
The trial for controversial politician Geert Wilders began in Amsterdam on Monday. Wilders is accused of inciting hatred against Muslims, Moroccans and non-Western immigrants through a number of actions, including statements likening the Quran to Mein Kampf.
The opening days of the trial included controversy. Wilders’ lawyer challenged the legitimacy of the court after the judge questions the defendant’s decision to remain silent during the trial, saying “people say that you’re good at putting forward your opinion, but then avoiding debate about it. And it looks like you’re doing that again here”. A special panel called in to determine whether these comments showed sufficient bias to justify the appointment of new judges ruled that the trial will continue unchanged. The hearing continued Wednesday with a screening of Wilders’ anti-Islam film Fitna, released in 2008.
The trial comes as Wilders takes a crucial position in the newly formed national government. The minority government of Liberal VVD and Christian Democrats depends on the support of Wilders’ Freedom Party to attain a one seat majority. Ruling on the trial is expected on November 4, 2010.
October 1 2010
The verdict in Geert Wilders’ trial for inciting hatred is to be postponed by two days, the Amsterdam court has announced. The verdict was originally scheduled for November 2, the anniversary of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 by a Muslim extremist, though the court denies that the anniversary is the reason for postponing the verdict.
September 11 2010
On the ninth anniversary of September 11 2010, dueling protests broke out over a mosque planned near Ground Zero. While initially 1,500 people gathered in favour of a Muslim organization’s right to build a community center, 2000 later demonstrated specifically against the mosque construction. This group was addressed by Dutch MP Geert Wilders whose 15 minute speech urged the crowd, “this is where we have to draw the line… so that New York… will never become New Mecca”.
Around 20% of the Dutch population approves of anti-Islam politician Geert Widers. The statistics form part of an annual survey into attitudes towards terrorism, whose findings also indicate that 40% of those interviewed say they fear the Netherlands will be be hit by a terrorist in the near future.’ Although few people in New York have heard of him, Dutch politicians awaited Wilders’ speech because of its implications for the ongoing formation talks for national parliament.=
Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has been named on a ‘hitlist’ in an online magazine attributed to Al-Qaeda. Inspire magazine appears to be published by the AQAP, al-Qaeda’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula. The English language magazine also names Islam critic Ayaan HIrsi Ali. It appears to be targeting an audience of radical Muslims in North America.
Geert Wilders, leader of the right wing Freedom Party (PVV) announced
Thursday that he will establish and international umbrella organization
to “fight for freedom and against Islam”, ANP reports. The
International Freedom Alliance is intended to include individuals and
organizations from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany
and France, and to be formalized by the end of this year. According to
WIlders, IFA aims to operate between the traditional conservative
parties and what he called “unsavoury” far-right parties in these