21 December 2011
Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), has released the English title of his book, to be released in April. The book is to be called ‘Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me’, and the politician is marketing it as an ‘indictment of Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.’ It is not yet known whether it will be translated into Dutch.
15 December 2011
The members of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) with seats in the European parliament refused to acknowledge the five activists in the Arab Spring uprising who were awarded with the Sacharov prize for freedom of thought. The four members refused to applaud or stand for the winners, and the leader of the PVV delegation in Europe criticized the decision to award the prize “to an Arabic civil war”.
8 November 2011
Dutch MP Raymond de Roon of the anti-Islam PVV has been denied a visa to Egypt. Consequently, the working trip planned by parliament’s foreign affairs committee has been cancelled. Telegraaf reports De Roon’s assertion that he was refused the visa on the basis of his earlier statements regarding the “ethnic cleansing” of Christians ousted from Egypt.
The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), known for its anti-islam, anti-immigrant platform, is calling for a referendum on the presence of minarets in the Netherlands. According to the party minarets symbolize the domination of Christianity by Islam.
14 September 2011
Raymond de Roon, an MP for the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), referred to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan as an ‘Islamic monkey’ during parliamentary question period. The remark was made in reference to Turkey’s anti-Israel rhetoric and in the context of the Dutch saying ‘here comes the monkey out of the sleeve’. MPs from the ruling parties condemned the statement and Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal has publicly distanced himself from the comment.
21 September 2011
Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) are calling for a referendum against the construction of new minarets in the Netherlands. The politician, stating that ‘Minarets… are the towers of a rising desert ideology’, announced that he will submit draft legislation to parliament to move towards a public vote on the matter.
16 September 2011
The Dutch government has agreed to a ban on the burqa under a deal with Geert Wilders’ PVV Party. The Interior Minister announced that “a general ban on wearing face-restrictive clothing in public is on the way” and will be in effect in public buildings, educational institutions, hospitals and public transport. The government statement indicated that face covering is “fundamentally against the character of public discourse where we have to me each other on an equal level” and is a necessary and justified restriction on freedom of religion “to protect the character and good habits of public life in the Netherlands”. The sanction for non-compliance will be a fine.
7 September 2011
A planned parliamentary debate in the Netherlands will be boycotted by the country’s anti-Islam party PVV, headed by Geert Wilders. Member of Parliament Tofik Dibi has announced plans to call for such a debate in the wake of the Norwegian killings, but has not yet done so. While other parties support the debate they prefer that the discussion occur in distinction from the events in Norway. The PVV “sees no merit in any debate and will not attend”, according to party MP Joram van Klaveren.
Following the mass shootings in Norway last month, Dutch opposition parties have called for prime minister Mark Rutte to take a position on the role of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders with respect to the tragedy. Mentioned at least 30 times in the shooter’s manifeso, Wilders has publicly distanced himself from the event. In the polarized political climate opposition parties are calling on the leading VVD for a statement of their position with respect to Wilders’ PVV party, which currently supports the minority government.
July 26 2011
Dutch media has closely followed the connection between ‘Norway shooter’ Anders Behring Breivik and the anti-Islam position of MP Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV). The coverage follows comments that some of the ideas expressed by Breivik “are not so far removed from those promoted by Geert Wilders” and information that the shooter attended a speech by Wilders in London last year, and question whether the politician is partially ‘to blame’ for the shooting. Wilders responded to the suggestion through a statement and tweets, rejecting all attempts to link his ideology to that of Breivik. He claims the attention on possible connection is an attempt to turn the situation for political gain. Nu.nl reports that in a recent poll, 52% of Dutch think Wilders should not moderate his tone with respect to Islam as a result of the events.