21 April 2012
The new book by right wing politician Geert Wilders, Marked for Death, Islam’s War Against the West and Me, though not yet officially released, has started receiving reviews from journalists who have seen advanced copies. The book claims to tell Wilders’ story of his “fight for the right to speak what he believes; namely that Islam is not just a religion but primarily a dangerous ideology which is a threat to Western freedoms”. A review from Vrij Nederland notes that there is little personal content from Wilders in the book, while magazine HP/De Tijd recaps Wilders’ account of being robbed by “three Arab youths”. In the book Wilders does not mention prime minister Mark Rutte but repeatedly draws connections to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and emphasizes his admiration for former US president Ronal Regan.
The reviews come as Wilders makes headlines for political upheaval in the country, as the politician withdrew key support for the ruling minority government this week, prompting prime minister Rutte to resign and the installation of a caretaker minority government.
News agencies – September 14, 2011
A French chef employed by the Avenance Elior catering company and working in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) cafeteria in Ulis (Ile-de-France), was laid off for making a halal steak by request of a Muslim employee. About 500 employees mobilized to defend the chef and signed a petition which will be presented to Avenance Elior’s management.
Chef Guillaume Chigot, who was grilling meat in the cafeteria, agreed to prepare frozen halal steaks which would be brought by one of the employees. Chigot says he told the employee it wasn’t legal, but that he’ll do it if it will stay between them. He made sure the steaks would stay separate from other food products.
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.”