Mosque Burned in Netherlands

Vandals set fire to a mosque in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam Wednesday, heavily damaging the Muslim house of worship. The suspects also painted racist graffiti on the walls of the building. No one was hurt. Anti-Muslim violence has surged in the Netherlands since last year’s murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, an outspoken […]

Pot tourists targeted in Dutch coffee shop crackdown

Tourists hoping to buy a cannabis joint in Dutch coffee shops could be in for a rude awakening this year under a test plan to curb drug tourism. Soft drugs are legally banned in the Netherlands but under its policy of “tolerance”, people are allowed to have less than 5 grams of cannabis in their […]

OSCE concerned at Dutch climate of fear for Muslims

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Europe’s main democracy and rights watchdog expressed concern on Friday about increasing Dutch intolerance towards Muslims that was fanned by the murder last year of a filmmaker critical of Islam. Omur Orhun, ambassador on combating discrimination against Muslims for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), was in the Netherlands […]

Liberators return to Holland

Fred J. Kidd is surrounded by memories of a war he fought 60 years ago. The photos that dot the walls of his small Saskatoon apartment show him meeting with Dutch royalty and riding in military parades. Pictures of his brother, who was killed in the line of duty, are there, too. About this item […]

Thousands protest Bush Dutch visit

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of protesters turned out in Dutch cities Saturday to demonstrate against the arrival in the Netherlands of the U.S. president, many of them carrying signs reading “George W. Bush: War criminal.” Bush will attend a ceremony Sunday honoring the 60th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe in World War […]

Court rules against arrest of US President

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch judge has ruled that US President George W. Bush can visit the Netherlands as planned this weekend and should not be arrested. The ruling in a court in The Hague on Wednesday comes after a group of Dutch nationals lodged legal action against the State in the lead-up to Bush’s visit. […]

Dutch support legalizing marijuana in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Two polls released Wednesday showed strong support in the Netherlands for legalizing marijuana outright after several decades of a tolerance policy. Newspaper Trouw interviewed the mayors of the Netherlands’ 30 largest cities, and two-thirds supported legalization. Meanwhile, Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond found that 49 percent of Dutch support legalization, while an […]

Anti-Muslim violence in the Netherlands falls

THE HAGUE: Incidents of anti-Muslim violence have dropped in recent months in the Netherlands after hitting a peak following the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Islamic extremist, officials said. Dutch police figures showed 44 incidents of anti-Muslim violence were reported between November 23, 2004 and March 13, 2005, the Dutch […]

Dozens attack mosque in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A group of youths smashed windows of a mosque in the southern Netherlands, setting off a street brawl with Muslim immigrants, police said Sunday. One person was hurt, and police arrested one man after the Saturday night disturbance in the city of Venray, police said. Local media reported the fight involved about […]

Netherlands cuts breasts scenes

The Netherlands will cut scenes of bare breasted women and gays kissing from an information video targeting would-be immigrants because some Muslim countries would find it unacceptable, the Dutch authorities said today. The original video, shot to provide prospective immigrants with a picture of the Netherlands, included shots of topless women on the beach, a […]

Man ‘wore slain mother’s skin as clothing’

AMSTERDAM — A computer expert who killed his 76-year-old mother on 5 February appears to have skinned her before taking to the street in the dead of night wearing her bloodied flesh, it was reported on Friday. Ronald Z., 42, then roamed the streets in his grisly “outfit” for about 90 minutes until he was […]

Dutch Muslim MP out of hiding after death threats

A leading Dutch Muslim politician, who received death threats after criticising Islamic attitudes to women, took her seat in parliament again yesterday after more than two months in hiding. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of parliament for the centre-Right VVD, or Liberal party, was working with the film-maker Theo van Gogh when he was shot […]

Ajax seek image change to stop anti-Semitic chants

Amsterdam: Dutch giants Ajax are eager to discard their image as a Jewish club in a bid to end anti-Semitic chanting in the crowd at games, club chairman John Jaakke has announced in his new year’s speech. “Ajax is being presented as a Jewish club and some of our supporters have taken to calling themselves […]

Evangelical broadcaster to answer God’s letters

AMSTERDAM — Dutch postal company TPG has decided to send all anonymous letters addressed to God to the country’s evangelical broadcasting company. Up to now, the Deity’s mail from the Netherlands has ended up in the wastepaper basket. Members of the aftercare division of the EO broadcasting company will pray for the people who write the letters, clergyman Cees […]

Popular Dutch lawmaker would shut border to Muslim immigrants for 5 years

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – One of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands said Friday his country’s democracy is under threat and called for rejecting immigration from non-western nations in the wake of the killing of a Dutch filmmaker, allegedly by a Muslim radical. “We are a Dutch democratic society. We have our own […]

Tension high, Dutch ponder old blasphemy law

THE HAGUE – Dutch leaders debated Tuesday about invoking a rarely used law banning blasphemy in response to a wave of ethnic tension and violence. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner told Parliament that he wanted to revive a 1932 law to isolate radicals and curb “hateful comments.” But he was vague on how it would […]

Netherlands Mulling Anti-Terror Laws

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Spurred by the first terrorist killing on its soil, the Dutch justice minister said Monday authorities need broader arrest powers to combat a growing threat from Islamic radicals in the Netherlands. In an Associated Press interview, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner also suggested the spread of Islamic radicalism is more widespread […]

Mosque set on fire in Netherlands

There has been another fire in a mosque in the Netherlands, in what appeared to be the latest in a spate of attacks. Police said the mosque, in the south-eastern village of Helden near the German border, was set on fire early on Saturday. They said it was not immediately clear if arsonists were behind […]

Seven held in Dutch anti-terror raids

Four officers are wounded during standoff THE HAGUE — Dutch police stormed a flat after a 14-hour standoff in which four officers were wounded, arresting two people there and five more in other parts of the country all suspected of links with a network of radical Muslims. A prosecutors’ office spokesman said four people in […]
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