Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad today has an interview with Ms Nebahat Albayrak, the deputy leader of the Dutch social democrat party PvdA, the biggest opposition party.
The subject is the mass murder of Ms Albayrak’s fellow social democrats in Norway, and the xenophobic politics in the Netherlands of Geert Wilders (who supports the Dutch Rightist minority government without being formally part of the government coalition).
Translated from NRC Handelsblad:
In the interview with NRC editor Danielle Pinedo Albayrak said that Wilders creates false expectations in his electorate. Many of his proposals are not enforceable by law.
“Some [Wilders] voters understand this; they will settle for a watered down form of his program. But there are [Wilders] voters who do not. You can see where this leads to on their Internet forums: unspeakable. Ethnic minorities – Muslims in particular – get torrents of verbal abuse there.
I have given up counting how often I get abusive emails and threats. “Al-Qaeda cunt whore ‘, things like that.
In the twilight twisted parallel universe of those Wilders supporters, Ms Albayrak, a very secular Muslim woman (like her fellow MP of Turkish ancestry, in the D66 party, Fatma Koser Kaya) is “Al-Qaeda” just because her parents immigrated to the Netherlands from Turkey.
I consider this development to be a direct result of Wilders’ statements. There are people who think that what he calls for can be realized. On that point, he should start to be clear. “
Albayrak says in the interview that Wilders’ ideology may have an “unpredictable effect” on some individuals:
“Wilders is right to condemn Breivik’s actions now. But to say that there is no connection between his ideology and the ideas of the Norwegian: no.”
Norway Attack: A Week Later, Country Mourns 76 Massacre Victims: here.
Right wingers refuse to accept any responsibility for whipping up the hatred that drove the Norway killer, writes Rory MacKinnon: here.
Oslo, Hip-Hop, and the Fight to Defend Multiculturalism: here.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Norwegian Terrorist Anders Breivik Got His Weapons From the US: here.
The horrific July 22 terrorist massacre in Norway should be the cause for a lot of soul searching in the West: here.
Married lesbian couple rescues 40 kids during Norway shooting rampage: here.
USA: The New York City Police Department, working in close collaboration with the Central Intelligence Agency, has carried out an unprecedented spying operation directed against Muslim immigrants and Muslim-Americans over the past decade: here.