Our Flemish correspondent VH has compiled a report on the multiple concerted attempts by various people and organizations in the Netherlands to have Geert Wilders prosecuted for his unacceptable opinions. There are many within the current Dutch government who would love to see this happen, if only a way could be discovered to legally accomplish it.
VH begins with a translation of an article inÂ NU.nl, and then follows it with his own compilations from various Dutch media sources:
Court considers prosecuting Wilders
The court in Amsterdam will decide this year about a prosecution of Geert Wilders on the basis of discrimination. This is what the Court wrote to lawyer Els Lucas. The former PvdA [Labor] candidate for the City Council of Lelystad filed complaints against Wilders several times. Wilders is also invited to the Court to tell his story, the letter states.
In July a special discrimination department of the Public Prosecutor decided not to prosecute Wilders for a number of expressions done in theÂ media, and in his filmÂ Fitna.
* Â Jerusalem to Host Ant-Jihad Convention in December,” by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu forÂ Israel National News,
The judiciary have received dozens of complaints against Wilders in recent years. These concerned statements in the newspapersÂ De Volkskrant, De persÂ and in internet columns. In these, according to those who filed the complaints, he had discriminated and encouraged hatred. The complaints are being collected in Amsterdam and viewed by the National Expertise Center Discrimination (LECD, Landelijk Expertisecentrum Discrimination [used to be “Diversity”]) of the Public Prosecutor.
The LECD advised against proceeding with a prosecution. Some experts consulted also felt that Wilders could not be prosecuted on the basis of his statements. The Public ProsecutorÂ followedÂ this advice at the end of June. Lucas by then had already announced that he would bring this decision before the Court.
In JordanÂ Wilders is alreadyÂ being prosecutedÂ along with eleven Danish cartoonists. “The charges include defamation and violation of online publishing laws,” according to Mr. Tarek Hawamdeh, a lawyer for some 30 Jordanian media outlets which filed an official complaint earlier this month seeking court action against Wilders. “Punishment could be up to three years in jail. Wilders has been summoned to appear before the court. He will be given 15 days to comply, otherwise, an arrest warrant might be issued through the Interpol,”Â Hawamdeh said.
All Jordan now has to do is wait for a friendly European nation to use theEuropean Arrest WarrantÂ and call Interpol.
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Wilders compared the Koran withÂ Mein KampfÂ in hisÂ opinion pieceÂ and advocated a ban on the aforementioned holy book (in the NetherlandsÂ Mein KampfÂ has already been banned, by a Socialist/Christian Democrat coalition in the early 1970s).
“I find that goes too far. It is also unacceptable that a parliamentarian expresses himself in such a way,” said Els Lucas in her fistful of seconds of fame. But she objected to the scope of the entire article. Therefore on August 8, 2007 she went with a copy of the article and a pile of web-quotes and texts in her suitcase straight to the police station.
Haroon RazaÂ on that cold and drizzly August day also went straight to the police offices: “Incitement to discriminate against a population group and incitement to hatred, discrimination or violence.”
Raza based his complaint on a number of statements of Wilders, including the most recent about banning the Koran.
Also on that pre-autumn August day, Parliament responded with outrage over Wilders’ article. The VVD (Liberals) said: “Wilders is completely off the road!” The Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen (CDA) said: “He reaches the very edge of decency!”
Somewhere else in the Netherlands, Abdeljamid Khairoun of the Dutch Muslim Council said: “Wilders suffers from a religion-syndrome!”
Then Cardinal Ad Simonis also intervened: “Too absurd for words. The idea! Every word spent on this kind of proposal is one too many!”
Lucas and Raza were in good company: Saudi-Arabia, the only country with strict apartheid (Mecca), demanded an apology to Muslims and ordered Wilders to take back his comments. Wilders said he would not even consider it: “Are they completely mad? It is scandalous that a country that does not recognize freedom of speech is telling me what to do? They had better learn that as an MP here you are allowed to say what you want.”
Iran found it “a direct insult to the holy and ethical values of Islam.” And had to restrain themselves from calling him a warmonger and accusing him of violating the universal Declaration of Human Rights. That cameÂ later.
The Dutch InternaziÂ RenÃ© DanenÂ (former squatter, environmentalist with links to the ultra-leftist RaRa terrorists, Militant Trotskyite, Anti-Fortuyn movement founder, International Socialist, Anti-Wilders demonstration organizer with links to GreenLeft, Socialist Party, etc.) filed a complaint as well. But he is known for wanting to become the Dutch Honecker and did not really surprise anyone. But he’ll be an interesting Tribunal case if there ever is any.
In between all these urgent matters, Geert Wilders had to file a report about a suicide attack threat: “Two young men reportedly planned to shoot the politician down and detonate a van full of explosives next to the politician. Many innocent people were to die in the chaos.” But Geert Wilders is not Els Lucas, nor RenÃ© Danen, and thus receives real threats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and apÃ©ritif.
Next in the queue was Gerard Spong. A well-known lawyer, who thrust himself into it during a Leftist TV show by a Leftist presenter and a ultra-Leftist student,Timo Eekland. This Timo Eekland wasÂ exposedÂ as being a stereotype Dutch product of ’68 hippies. Apart from admiring Bin Laden andÂ hoping forÂ “200 aircraft crashing into the White House and the Pentagon at the same time,” he also hadÂ told friends: “We, the elite of the students” can handle it, but the problem is “the dumb masses.”
The Foundation Netherlands Moroccans (Stichting Marokkanen Nederland, SMN), alsoÂ joined inÂ with Lucas and filed a complaint based on “instigating hate and/or offending Muslims.”
Finally, the article by Wilders led toÂ 44Â filed complaints, while Mohamed Sini (GreenLeft, International Socialists)Â foundedÂ a “Movement against Wilders”, and the “Netherlands Admits Color” of RenÃ© Danen announced an anti-Wilders demonstration with Amnesty International and a high official of Unilever, Doekle Terpstra, that led to even more AntiÂ Movements.
In January 2008 it came out that the police were advised to showÂ flexibilityÂ in dealing with complaints made, following the release of the upcoming film by Wilders. Complaints could also be filed if there was no firm evidence of a criminal offense at all. The preprinted complaint forms were an idea ofÂ Bert PoelertÂ of the National Expertise Center Diversity (LECD), a division of theÂ Police Academy. He also told the country’s police chiefs that there should not be any attempt to arrest angry Muslims, even when they set cars ablaze.
For convenience, the Police had pre-printed and pre-filled outÂ multiple choice complaint formsÂ ready for confused Wilders haters after the release ofÂ The Film. Even though complainants had only to fill in the author of the film, the title of the film, tick what hurt the most, and add their own names and addresses, only a few dozen filed it.
Els Lucas was againÂ one of the first.
Coming this December: International anti-jihad conference in Jerusalem
Recently I spoke with Geert Wilders about this conference in Jerusalem, and he asked me to be there. I plan to be. Meanwhile, watch for the video of my interview with Wilders, coming very soon.
“Jerusalem to Host Ant-Jihad Convention in December,” by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu forÂ Israel National News, October 4 (thanks to JW):
(IsraelNN.com) Dutch legislator Geert Wilders, producer of the movie Fitna exposing the Koran’s incitement to violence, announced that a “Facing Jihad Conference” will take place in Jerusalem in December. “We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together,” he said in a speech in New York.Wilders’ 15-minute film earlier this year set off violent protests in Muslim countries because of the description of the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a murderer. He is teaming up with Knesset Member Prof. Aryeh Eldad (National Union) for the Jerusalem convention, where he vowed “no racist organizations will be allowed.”
Wilders said the conference will mark the beginning of an Alliance of European Patriots that “will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization.” His speech was sponsored by the prestigious Hudson Institute, which has stated his current programs are aimed at “developing programs of political and economic reform to transform the Muslim world.”
He said that “Israel is our first line of defense [but] the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad.Â Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.”
Wilders warned that the Islamization of Europe leaves the United States as “the last man standing.” The Dutch legislator presented statistics showing that the new European reality is one of a burgeoning Muslim population [in] ghettos controlled by religious fanatics…, and they are the building blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe…Â Clearly, the signal is: we rule.”…