Netherlands Freedom Party nominee defended radical imam

The Netherlands’ anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) faced embarrassment this week after learning that a prospective MP nominated by the party has defended a radical imam. Lilian Heider defended imam Imraan Kariman in 2007 for an inflammatory speech leading to a ban on his public speaking. Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV, called at the time of the speech case for the Imam to be deported.

Muslim woman sues political party for inciting hatred

A Muslim woman from Almere is suing a local politician, Raymond de Roon, for discrimination and inciting hatred. De Roon is the local leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), a party whose aim is to ban headscarves in publicly funded institutions. It is unclear whether such a ban will occur, as no other political faction supports the PVV on this point.

Freedom Party named “New Radical Right” in Netherlands

A report investigating polarization and radicalization across the Netherlands has named Geert Wilders’ Freedom Pary (PVV) the ‘new radical right’, a party with a national democratic ideology but without extreme right wing roots. The study, completed by four researchers at Tilburg University, notes that the party’s views on Islamisation and non-Western immigrants appear to have a discriminatory nature, the result of favoring “the familiar”. The study identifies the Freedom Party’s organization as authoritarian, not democratic. Wilders, in a comment to ANP, called the report “scandalous”.