Wilders hails Israel 'fighting jihad'

Dutch “values” party head set to gain seats in current election.

Al BeBeeCeera is hot & bothered over “Wilders strident attacks on Islam which could allow him to make or break a new right-wing coalition government…” The  Guardian (of Muslims) sings along in unison…..


Geert Wilders, who is demanding a halt to immigration from Muslim countries as the centerpiece of his campaign for the Dutch prime ministership, has hailed Israel for “fighting the jihad” and warned that “the West is next” if Israel is unsuccessful.

The VDD’s Mark Rutte, left, the CDA leader, Jan-Peter Balkenende, centre, and the Freedom party’s Geert Wilders, before a tTV debate

“Israel is the canary in the coal mine,” Wilders said in a recent telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post, ahead of Wednesday’s elections in the Netherlands. “The jihadagainst Israel isn’t against Israel only. It’s against the whole West.”

A year ago, Wilders’s PVV (Party for Freedom) was scoring 28 percent in opinion polls and appeared to have a realistic prospect of winning the elections. It has declined since then, however, he said, as economic issues have become increasingly dominant.

“There’s not a big chance that I’ll become prime minister,” he said.

Nonetheless, the PVV is expected to double its current nine seats in the 150-member parliament, and front-runner Mark Rutte, of the People’s Party for Freedom of Democracy (VVD), said this week that he was not ruling out Wilders’s party as a coalition partner.

Wilders, who is Catholic, has faced a barrage of criticism, legal action and death threats for expressing trenchant criticism of Islam, and lives amid constant security precautions. He told the Post that while he believes “there are moderate Muslims,” and that many Muslims living in the West are moderate, law-abiding people, “I don’t believe there is a moderate Islam.”

He described Islam as “a totalitarian ideology – against freedom, and the rule of law, and the separation of church and state.”

He said the influx of Muslims into countries such as Holland was causing “the Islamification of our societies.” In the wake of his 2008 film Fitna, he noted, he was “taken to a criminal court in the Netherlands for things I said about Islam” and had to wage a legal battle last year to enter Britain after first being barred.

“Freedom of speech is under attack,” he said. “It wouldn’t have happened if I had criticized Catholicism.” Wilders said Holland’s Muslim population had grown to about one million (out of the 16 million national populace), and that “tens of thousands are still arriving each year, from Somalia, Iraq, Morocco, Turkey” and beyond. In other European countries, the percentage of Muslims was much higher, he said. The influx “is bringing enormous changes,” he said, speaking about women and homosexuals being harassed in the streets in some Muslim neighborhoods and the rise of Shari’a courts.

“It is five minutes to midnight,” he said. “I say stop the mass immigration from Muslim countries – not because the people are bad, but because our cultural heritage and society, based on Christian and Judaic values, on humanity, is better than the Islamic… If we don’t deal with this and don’t stop immigration, because of [misguided] politically correct reasons, then we’ll lose Europe.”

Wilders, 46, established the PVV six years ago, having left the VVD because of his opposition to its stance on Turkey’s accession to the EU. An outspoken supporter of Israel, he spent two years as a volunteer at Moshav Tomer in the Jordan Valley after high school, and has visited numerous times. He has also been to Iran, Iraq and Syria/

He described the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as ideological rather than territorial.

“If Israel gave, say, the West Bank to the Palestinians, this would not bring peace,”Wilders said. “The next step would be for the Palestinians to claim that Ashkelon, Ashdod, Haifa and Jerusalem are the next ‘settlements’ to be conquered.”

He added: “I always say that parents everywhere in the West sleep well at night because parents in Israel lie awake at night – because their children are fighting the jihad.”

“You’re fighting our fight,” he said. “And after Israel, we are next.”

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  1. Wilders: For six years I have debated while wearing a bulletproof vest

    by Arne Hankel

    For the past six years, PVV leader Geert Wilders has debated while wearing a bulletproof vest. He said that on Monday [June 7] during a-party leaders’ debate on Dutch TV. “I would not have been threatened with death if I had criticized the Christian religion or Hindus,” Wilders told PvdA [Labour Party, Socialists] leader Job Cohen. Geert Wilders then asked Job Cohen why he thought he had to wear a bulletproof vest, and told Cohen “People who criticize Islam are being murdered or receive hundreds of thousands of threats every year”.

    Cohen responded by saying that it was “a disgrace” that Wilders needed to be protected, but on the other hand found it really would be “too far to lump all Muslims together”. According to Cohen, the Dutch, in a democratic society, may believe what they want. However, according to him, radicalism has to be curbed, such as radical Islam or radical animal-rights activists.

    Wilders was quoting Pim Fortuyn and called the Islam “a danger to Dutch society”. He said that Cohen bows to Islam. Cohen in return said that Wilders would allow a Keppeltje [yarmulke] in the Netherlands but not a headscarf, and “allow a church but not a mosque”.

    According to Wilders, Cohen has insulted hundreds of thousands Dutch citizens by stating that the PVV leader skirts the edge of the rule of law. “You have chosen for the perpetrators in stead of the victims,” Wilders told him, and referred to the role of Cohen as mayor of Amsterdam after the [Moroccan jihad] riots in Amsterdam’s ‘Diamond District’ [when a Jewish couple were advised to move somewhere else due to threats and abuses by Moroccan Muslims]. “You bow to Islam; I don’t. Our culture and our country will remain as they are,” Wilders said.

    In the same debate, VVD [center-right liberals] leader Mark Rutte, who leads the polls at the moment[1], wondered aloud why the electorate of the CDA [Christian Democrats] leader Jan Peter Balkenende [Prime Minister of four cabinets between 2002 and 2010] should still trust him, for according to Rutte, he is responsible for “the totally failed restoration policy” in recent years. Rutte blamed Balkenende for having left the entire economic policy to the Socialists [PvdA of Cohen]: “That was devastating.”

    Balkenende — backed by PvdA leader Cohen — said that unemployment would have greatly increased if the substantial proposals for budget cuts of the VVD would have been implemented. Moreover, Balkenende also stressed that the government has always acted in line with advice from international experts.

    Geert Wilders was voted winner of this party-leaders-debate with 21 percent of the vote, ahead of PvdA leader [and former mayor of Amsterdam] Job Cohen (20 percent) and VVD leader Mark Rutte (19 percent).

    From the Gates of Vienna

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