Dutch Politician Speaks at Ground Zero

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.=

Dutch Muslim intellectuals call on government to react to Geert Widers’ Film

Five Dutch Muslim intellectuals are asking the government to intervene on the planned release of a controversial anti-Islam film by Geert Widers. Farhad Golyardi, Faisal Mirza, Shervin Nekuee, Frank Sadiqqi, and Tariq Shadid have called on politicians to stop the release of the film, citing a total lack of effort on their end. The five released a statement citing that they believe it is time that a clear political line should be drawn between freedom of expression and incitement to hate. The five suggest are accusing the government of exploitation of xenophobia, and political cowardice.