"The Amsterdam court may have opened a Pandora's box of a yet-unknown size"

Can the Koran be compared to ‘Mein Kampf’?

* Dare to compare: you’ll find it worse. But don’t take my word for it….


Last week the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled that the attorney-general should bring a case against Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders. This leader of the right-wing Freedom Party has made a number of extreme remarks about Islam and Muslims, such as calling the Koran the “Islamic Mein Kampf” and referring to “fascist Islam.” The Amsterdam court contends that these and other such statements “affect the dignity of Muslims.” The attorney-general’s office had previously concluded that these and similar remarks were not punishable.

* New York Shyster Khalid Yasin is pleased with Wilders prosecution


* Dutch MP behind film on radical Islam: Decision to prosecute me is political

Wilders was initially shocked by the court’s decision, but he may well turn the case into a show trial outlining the threat to Western society from violent and hate-inciting forces in the Muslim world. His lawyers only have to go through websites such as FrontpageMagazine, Jihad Watch and MEMRI to bring overwhelming proof for two central claims.

The first is that there are many radical Muslim authorities, Sunni and Shi’ite, whose incitement to murder and other crimes is similar to that of the Nazis. The same goes for Muslim lay leaders such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The second claim is that these inciters are rarely expelled from Muslim communities, or even strongly contradicted.

Wilders’ lawyers may bring evidence of multiple calls for genocide intended to encourage the establishment of Islamic rule over the world as well as fatwas and statements by Muslim religious authorities supporting suicide attacks, or comparing non-believers to animals. All these are usually based on the Koran and hadiths (Islamic religious traditions).

The lawyers could quote Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the highest-ranking cleric in the Sunni world, who has come out in favor of suicide bombings. Tantawi has also called Jews the descendants of apes and pigs. Only the choice of animals differs from Nazi language; they preferred rats and vermin.

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, living in Qatar, is a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has approved suicide bombings against Israeli women and children. Despite this, Ahmed Marcouch, a prominent Amsterdam member of the Labor Party, in 2005 asked the municipality for a subsidy to bring Al-Qaradawi to the Netherlands. Leaders of several Dutch Muslim religious bodies did the same. The Amsterdam municipality refused.

DUTCH PUBLIC opinion is divided on the court decision. Fifty percent oppose the trial of the parliamentarian, while 43% are in favor. A similar percentage expects that relations with Muslims will worsen as a result of the case. Theodor Holman, a columnist with the Amsterdam daily Het Parool, writes that he also thinks the Koran is as bad as Mein Kampf.

The court decision has further increased Wilders’ popularity. A new poll gives the Freedom Party 20 seats in parliament, as against the nine it currently holds.

Wilders is the only internationally known Dutch politician, and has gained much publicity with his 2008 documentary Fitna, which highlights Islam’s radical aspects. Over the past several years, hundreds of death threats have been made against the heavily guarded politician. This is the likely reason for the statement by his lawyer that in the meantime he wants to remain anonymous.

The trial is likely to draw major international attention. The Wall Street Journal wrote that the Dutch are importing Saudi rules, as the court seems to be suggesting that people who blaspheme God can be punished. An international campaign to finance Wilders’ defense has already started.

There are Jewish aspects to this case as well. In the past few weeks participants in various anti-Israeli demonstrations in the Netherlands have been shouting anti-Semitic slogans, including “Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!” Several of these demonstrations were organized by major Dutch Muslim organizations, yet the police took little action. Even more important is that Wilders’ lawyers are likely to bring at least some proof for his positions from the huge collection of Muslim calls for the extermination of Jews and Israelis. Yet other aspects are what the trial’s verdict will mean for speaking about the Bible.

Whatever the outcome, Wilders’ notoriety is likely to increase. If he is convicted, many will view him as a martyr, in light of increasing evidence that the greatest threat to humanity – including to moderate and dissident Muslims – indeed comes from the world of Islam. If Wilders is acquitted, many will begin to repeat his statements.

In either case the Amsterdam court may have opened a Pandora’s box of a yet-unknown size.

The author has written 14 books, several of which deal with anti-Semitism.

7 thoughts on “"The Amsterdam court may have opened a Pandora's box of a yet-unknown size"”

  1. When Nick Griffin was prosecuted for hate speech because he called Islam a “wicked and vicious” faith, the Koran came in very handy. A few quotes to the jury in court and he walked away.

    Wicked and vicious isn’t even a small part of it. This prosecution of Wilders could do us all a world of good.

  2. “Can the Koran be compared to ‘Mein Kampf’?

    No-Mein Kampf was written better and made more sense. And that’s stretching things a lot.

  3. I just read the Manfred Gerstenfeld article, no more than five minutes ago, in JPost online.

    It is generally very good. I hope that many JPost readers, especially Israelis, who are as yet ignorant about the harsh reality of standard, classical, historic and contemporary Islamic teachings about the Jews and ‘the Other’, generally, may be enlightened pretty smartly if they follow up on Gerstenfeld’s mention of jihadwatch and MEMRI and go visit.

  4. If he is convicted, many will view him as a martyr, in light of increasing evidence that the greatest threat to humanity – including to moderate and dissident Muslims – indeed comes from the world of Islam.

    No such thing as a moderate Muslim. All Muslims work towards the same goal. Moderate Muslims are the ones who demand accomodation of Muslim practices in the West, on the arguement that if not met, it will increase the anger of young Muslim men, and lerad them to extreemist violence. Thus the Jihadis and the moderate Muslim work in tandem.

    Moderate Muslims also pose the greater threat – the demographic one.

  5. I sincerely hope that the trial of Geert Wilders will indeed open a Panodor’a Box so that the sleepy western world will know the truth of the hatred directed towards us so-called infidels. I tried to email the Dutch embassy in the Netherlands but it was returned!

    A big number of people associate Islam only with violence. Ignorance is the greatest cause of all mistakes that leads people to extremism.
    It seems that many adapted an Islam totally different from the Great Prophet instructed to follow. Islam is transformed into a diabolic Cult of terror,arson,rape and massacres. Islam is a Cult that do not support dialogue nor criticism neither tolerance. Everyone is really afraid to express what he believes. The Cult of Islam creates a sense of fear and tension in civilized society. Yet Islam dominates the Metropolis. The
    question is. Who is the boss?
    But why kill Theo van Gogh of all the people who are free in their own country. Is this an Islam message that Islam is a Dominus Status in the Netherlands?
    News coming from Indonesia manifest the comedy of errors of Islam.
    The Jemaah Islamiah is an Islamic guerrilla network synonyms to Indonesia. In their urge of revenge and hatred towards America.
    The Jemaah Islamiah bomb America in Jakarta and in Bali! The question is. Islam is in war with Indonesia? Can anyone name which tribe is behind the war strategies of Islam?
    Amsterdam, 25th.September,2009. My name is Listiani Lestari
    id:530971312. Converted from Islam by my Dutch husband.

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