I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
Former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, who is often cited by Geert Wilders as his biggest hero and mentor, has suddenly reappeared out of obscurity, only to feed the growing hatred towards Moroccans in The Netherlands and crank up the already heightened level of fear among Jews a few notches higher.
His outrageous statement calling on practicing Jews to migrate to Israel and the USA - citing the growing antisemitism among Dutch-Moroccans as the reason - has caused an uproar among his former colleagues in parliament and ticked off some prominent members of the Jewish community as well. Oddly enough even Geert Wilders disagreed with Bolkestein on this one, saying that it's Mococcans who are guilty of antisemitism who should migrate and not the Jews.
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders himself was busy making his own outrageous statements while on an official visit in Israel recently, saying that Jordan should absorb Palestinian refugees and rename itself Palestine. In addition to that, he urged Israel to build more settlements in "Judea and Samaria", aka the West Bank, as a strategic move towards self-defense, and it's not the first time he's said such either.
All I can say about this insanely fascist conduct by Dutch politicians, who seem to be going out of their way to cause strife...that it ultimately boils down to the Dutch government's need to grow a spine, enforce its existing laws against hate speech and discrimination and start putting national interest and domestic stability first and foremost. Enough already!
The Dutch ungoverment continues to fool around - 2-1/2 months after the elections - while being hopelessly indecisive about the formation of a new parliament that includes one of our time's biggest dictators.
People of the free world, is this what we really want?
They both use the same methods. They rile people up against each other
with fear-mongering and others will see this as a way to legitimize violence.
That was the case in Bosnia and can do the same with us. Civilization is but a
Bosnia was, just like The Netherlands, known for its tolerance for centuries. And Look What happened. No wonder all major European countries are
seriously concerned about the formation in the Netherlands.
Oostlander refers to an interview from 2004 where Wilders said that "racial
riots are not necessarily a bad thing, because they can be a wake-up call to The
That is such a sick thought.
Wilders latest appearance professing hate speech against Muslims on Australian TV:
I know it sounds awful (I love people all the same), but please hear me out for a minute...
When I say "undesirable immigrants" what's the first thing that comes to mind?
If you think about it on a global scale there are quite a few minority groups around the world that are treated as "undesirable" or "unwanted" for whatever reason. In some countries it might be "Muslims", to some it's "Mexicans", to others it it might be "Jews", to others it's "Blacks" or "infidels" or "Moroccans" or "Rohingyas" or "Roma gypsies" or "Palestinians" or "unskilled laborers" or...or...whatever garden variety human with an accent on "different" and "poor" that happens to annoy the heck out of nativist bigots.
To Geert Wilders, as everyone knows by now, it's "Muslims, Moroccans and (poor) immigrants". You might have heard about his latest maneuver in his conquest against these undesirable immigrants. You see, the man thinks big - I mean HUGE, now that he got a big chunk of the votes in the last national election. So now he's working on expanding his territory and wants to rile up haters in other countries, where anger against Muslims and immigrants already festers and always ready to wreak havoc at the drop of a hat.
So why is this all happening you think?
Money? Power? Heroics? The bad economy? Politics?
Please don't me give that "freedom of speech" nonsense, because I'm not buying it.
So why really? Why is such a terribly bigoted politician, who says some of the craziest things and makes a fool out of Dutch parliament daily, actually allowed to have free reign to incite hatred against people in a democracy that's supposedly world famous for its tolerance?
Is it maybe because he's carrying out the will of the people who feel threatened by these "undesirables" or is he simply trying to enforce the laws of the land by pursuing the Dutch government's very own agenda to get rid of unskilled laborers, while applying pressure with tremendous help from the Dutch press and leveraging hate groups in the US and Europe?
Well, in case you didn't know, Holland actually pays certain immigrants to leave the country as long as they agree to be stripped of their rights to return, as set forth in the Dutch Remigration Act.
I remember vaguely hearing about this a while back, but I didn't know the exact details till I started looking into it after my friend Xoussef asked me if it's true that Holland pays immigrants a monthly salary if they agree to leave the country - he told me he had read about this in a Moroccan newspaper and questioned the veracity of the article because it just sounded too weird.
If you are going to leave the Netherlands to move to another country, you may
be able to get a one-off relocation grant and a monthly benefit to help cover
your living expenses in your new country of residence. This is provided for
under the Remigration Act.
Two types of benefits are paid under the Remigration Act:
a remigration grant
a remigration benefit
The remigration grant is a one-off payment towards moving expenses. It is
made up of various components. Which components you are entitled to depends on
your personal situation.
You can get a contribution towards the cost of:
the journey to the country where you are going to live;
the transportation of your luggage;
settling in your new country of residence;
storage of your property in your new country;
the transportation of aids for a disabled person;
the transportation of business inventory and equipment.
These contributions are fixed amounts.
The remigration benefit is a monthly payment to help cover your living
expenses. It is only payable if you are 45 or over. If you are no longer covered
under the Dutch health insurance system after you have moved abroad, you will
also get a contribution towards health insurance.
If you are awarded a remigration benefit, you will also get a remigration
grant. The grant will not include a contribution towards resettlement expenses
because this will already be included in the remigration benefit.
When are you eligible for these payments?
You can get these payments if you leave the Netherlands to return to:
the country where you were born, or
the country of which you are, or were, a national, or
the country where one of your parents was born or of which he or she is, or
was, a national.
You can also get financial help if you are a refugee or if you have been
granted asylum in the Netherlands, and you are moving to another country.
The fact that the Dutch Remigration Act singles out only immigrants from specific countries who can apply for this deal has "discrimination" written all over it if you ask me. Smart move by the Dutch government though in terms of saving money in the long run. They encourage these immigrants to leave the country, sending them off into early retirement at age 45 along with the rest of their families, with a minimum wage that's tailored to the cost of living in their country of origin, instead of having to pay them significantly higher pension benefits when they're actually due for retirement in Holland. And as we all know, governments tend to change rules and laws whenever they see fit.
Are these wages guaranteed for life?:
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit depends on:
the country where you are going to live;
the number of people moving with you;
whether you live on your own or with family members;
the ages of the people who live with you.
For more information about the amount you will receive, you can contact us.
Last week it was the "baiting Jew" proposal, now it's a "Yamulke Day" and a "Gay Square" proposal on the table by Dutch MP Ahmed Marcouch, as part of the so-called "Solidarity Action" days, in his noble quest to combat hate crime.
I'm sure his heart is in the right place and I'm big on conflict resolution and all, but sometimes you can go a tad too far with too much of a good thing, if you ask me.
I'd say carrot and stick people, carrot and stick.....unfortunately I've been seeing too much "stick" and not enough "carrot" in the Netherlands lately.
Dutch MP Ahmed Marcouch drew mixed reactions this past week with his
somewhat unorthodox approach to combating
antisemitism, when he proposed a plan to deploy undercover cops dressed as
Jews in order to bait
perpetrators who are causing this nagging problem and throw them in
Ronny Naftaniel, the head of anti-semitism watchdog the Centre for Information
and Documentation on Israel, says, “it has become common for Jews to hide their
skull-caps on the street.” The CINI supports Ahmed Marcouch’s initiative.
It's not clear whether Anisemitism is increasingly becoming a problem all
across Holland, but reports do indicate that Moroccan youths are growing bolder and becoming a tremendous nuisance
in certain parts of Amsterdam, harassing Jews with hate speech and antisemetic
gestures, to the point where Jews no longer feel safe wearing religious gear out
in public and even had to resort to attending service in an unmarked
synagogue to avoid the hostilities in one of the neighborhoods.
Prior to the persecution of the Jews, systematic dehumanization
and discrimination of this entire segment of the population took place
and lasted at least ten years. That is why we are vigilant with regards
to discrimination and especially antisemitism. That is an advantage. In this
sense, we remember the sacrifices people made in order for us to have the
freedom we have today, and we have to do everything possible to combat
Religious Jews like Rabbi Sebbag and Gideon van der Sluis travel
by foot Sabbath, so on Saturdays, they walk from the "Rivierenbuurt" to the
synagogue in "De Pijp". They tell us that people call them names like "Yahoud",
and throw coins at them. Moroccan youngsters confirm that they have friends who
It is absolutely
unacceptable if Jews in Amsterdam cannot wear a yarmulke. We cannot play this
down in any way shape or form, and we have to make a firm commitment to making
sure that Jews can be themselves, under all circumstances.
The Dutch term "lok-jood" that's being used in this case to describe the
undercover cops deployed as bait to lure the perpetrators sounds a bit
rough and somewhat shocking if you ask me, but if that's what it takes to draw attention to the
problem and take care of it once and for all, then so be it. My only concern is what if the term ends up taking on a different form and becomes yet another derogatory term or variations thereof used by the haters in the long run.
I personally don't understand what all the fuss is about. To me it's simple, if you're an illegal alien in any country, you're breaking the law to begin with. I do understand that the main concern is discrimination with racial/ethnic profiling by authorities as a possible result, which I would find very upsetting, but I say let's deal with it if that actually does happen.
Prince William County in Virginia says they did it and it's working just fine, there is no racial profiling.
Job Cohen, leader of Dutch Labor Party (PvdA) and former Mayor of
Amsterdam, appeared somewhat riled up in yesterday's televised election debate
with Geert Wilders as his opponent, especially when Wilders dismissed him as
being a "world champ tea-drinking and multi-culti-hugging", clearly aiming to
push his buttons; to which Mr Cohen responded by telling him to stop "generalizing people, especially Muslims" and that he should judge
people based on their actions instead of their religious beliefs, when speaking
in terms of crime in The Netherlands.
Watch this....and remember, "he who laughs last, laughs best".
Don't worry, be happy!
Hey remember that old tune? Ever wonder what happened to the guy who sang it?
Well, apparently he got so tired of hearing that tune, he actually couldn't stand it anymore after hearing about it so much and even started hating it so much that he disappeared into the sunset, not to be heard of for a long long time.
Yes, the hate page is back on Facebook after
being banished for a while, but it's funny how they'd rather lie about what
really happened than admit the simple truth.
Here is the big fat lie:
Well, I just tried to recover a one of my Facebook
pages, which I had deleted recently and found that there is no way you can recover
a page on Facebook after deletion. So unless there is some super secret way to
do so or these people have some mad skills nobody else has, they are
just a bunch of liars and everybody who takes them serious and joins their
petulant games, are a bunch of fools themselves, besides being utterly indecent.
I'm glad the page is back though, because it
serves as a true testament on how it really doesn't take much to intentionally
malign and marginalize certain segments of the population and how ridiculously
easy it is to fool the ignorant masses with a horde mentality.