Ms Fatma Koser Kaya is an immigrant from predominantly Muslim Turkey to The Netherlands.
So, prejudices say, she probably has little or no education.
No. She has a degree in international human rights law.
Probably, she never leaves home; else, her husband would beat her up, ‘like all immigrants do’.
No. She used to work as a trade union lawyer.
Now, she is a member of the Dutch parliament.
She is an MP? Probably, for a party that would abolish all freedom in The Netherlands and substitute Sharia law for it?
No. She is one of, since the recent election, three MP’s for D66, a ‘left liberal’ sister party of the British Liberal Democrats.
It is widely seen as the most secular; to many religious people, the most anti religious; of Dutch political parties.
Does she wear a burka? Or at least a headscarf?
No. See picture.
She often has necklines much too low and hemlines much to high according to strictly religious people.
When she won her seat, she kissed to celebrate that in public with men who were not her husband.
Well, this is what she writes herself in her weblog:
The fear and anger in which we live express themselves in our views on immigrants.
Also known as guest workers, foreigners, allochtones, new Dutch, ‘medelanders’ and ‘goatfuckers’ [word used routinely by the late Theo van Gogh and others for ‘immigrants from Muslim countries].
They are coloured and most are down in social stratification. Today, the underclass of The Netherlands is black.
That, however, does not define the problem as ethnic.
And the underclass of The Netherlands is Muslim.
That, however, does not define the problem as religious.
The Netherlands just have a new layer of people at the bottom.
And, in The Netherlands, people at the bottom always came from the outside.
A hundred years ago, Rotterdam was swamped by people from [Roman Catholic] Brabant.
People with names like Pastors [literally ‘priest’s’. Name of an associate of the late Pim Fortuyn, and himself the leader of a xenophobic party which failed to get any seats at the recent elections] build enormous Catholic churches – to the dismay of native Rotterdam people.
Now these ‘papist’ houses of worship are recognized as monuments.
Meanwhile, Rotterdam has been swamped by Turks and Moroccans – and they build enormous mosques.
Probably, in a hundred years time, the Mevlana Mosque will officially be a monument.
The Ayaan and Dumbya fan club in The Netherlands virulently hates Ms Kaya for writing like this.
To the hysterical Islamophobes riding on the coattails of George W Bush‘s wars, everyone from Muslim countries is the ‘evil’ Other.
I remember a very secularist Kurdish woman, whose life had been threatened by ‘fundamentalist’ Muslims, telling me how disgusted she was by the endless “Muslim Muslim Muslim evil evil evil terrorist terrorist terrorist” rants in the Dutch media.
By the racists disguising their racism as ‘criticism of religion’.
So convenient for avoiding anti racism laws.
Whether you wear a burka or a bikini, you are a liberal or conservative Muslim, you advocate violence or non violence, to the Islamophobes you are all fair game.
Like to anti-Semites in the twentieth century (and now) a Jew is a ‘dirty Jew’, whether he or she is a Communist, a Social Democrat, a Liberal, a republican or a loyal monarchist subject of the German emperor or the British queen, practices all tenets of Judaism or eats pork, is a Zionist or an anti-Zionist.
Then, Zionists of various tendencies responded: “The only people whom a Jew can trust are other Jews”.
People had to find some adequate reaction to these bullying, insulting, violent anti-Semites.
No matter what one’s viewpoint on Zionism may be, it is hardly surprising that, among various possible reactions to anti-Semitism, quite some Jews then chose Zionism.
Today, one can hear: “The only people whom a Turk can trust are other Turks”.
And “The only people whom a Muslim can trust are other Muslims”.
Shouldn’t we in all three cases look at causes first, effects only second?
Oklahoma City bombing: here.
Christian fundamentalist violent video game: here.
Edward Said and Orientalism: here.
A critique of Said: here.