This video is a Dutch regional TV interview with singer Bennie Jolink about his Hitler-Wilders-Breivik painting.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Monday, September 3, 2012, 13:07
Singer Bennie Jolink has been threatened because of his painting in which he shows Geert Wilders with Adolf Hitler and Anders Breivik.
In an interview with Nieuwe Revu weekly the singer of the band Normaal says that at his office threats have been received. Messages hoped that he would die or get serious illnesses. In the interview Jolink says that he does not need security guards: “I protect myself by laughing out loudly about it.”
Jolink also received messages of support for the painting.
That the supporters of Wilders’ xenophobic party now threaten this rock singer’s life, saying they would “come to get him”, shows that Bennie Jolink was not that wrong in depicting Wilders together with Breivik.
The decline in popularity of Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands can be traced back to two months ago when a 63-year-old Turkish man was attacked, and later died from his injuries. The couple who inflicted the injuries were named Henk and Ingrid, which are the names of the typical Dutch couple that Wilders had championed in public speeches: here.
Rabbi warns Dutch populist Wilders over ritual slaughter ban
By Anthony Deutsch | Reuters – Wed, Aug 29, 2012
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Israel’s leading rabbi has warned Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders that his party’s support for a ban of ritual slaughter of animals in the Netherlands is “anti-Semitic” and could drive away the country’s Jewish community.
Wilders rose to prominence in the Netherlands denouncing the growing influence of Islam in the West, calling for a ban against Muslim immigrants, a halt to the construction of mosques and a ban on Muslim face-veils.
Some of his most outspoken supporters are in the conservative, pro-Israeli movement in the United States. Wilders calls himself Israel’s “greatest friend” and has also proposed creating a national Dutch holiday to commemorate the victims of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
In a letter to Wilders on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger called on Wilders’ Freedom Party to stop backing a ban on ritual slaughter.
It is the strongest public condemnation yet of Wilders’ position on the policy and comes two weeks before the Netherlands holds a general election September 12 in which he is expected to take a sizeable portion of the vote.
“It is obvious that one cannot be at the same time a friend of Israel and the Jewish people and on the other hand support an anti-Jewish law,” Metzger wrote.
“By denying Jews to live according to the Torah you will eventually force them to leave the Netherlands where they enjoyed religious freedom for centuries.”
Metzger wrote that he was “shocked and upset to learn that your party once again has adopted a total ban on ritual slaughter in its platform.”
“This is the classical anti-Semitic way our rites have been targeted and demonised throughout history,” he wrote.
Wilders has transformed the political climate in the Netherlands and his anti-Islam, anti-euro Freedom Party was the third-largest in the most recent elections.
Recent polls show Wilders’ party winning between 15 and 19 seats in the 150-seat parliament, down from the 24 seats he won in the 2010 election.
Wilders was not immediately available to comment on the letter.
A bill proposed by an animal rights party stating that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered passed through the lower of house of parliament in June 2011, but did not make it through the senate, where a compromise was reached allowing the practice to continue.
Both Muslim halal and Jewish kosher laws require animals to be conscious when they are put to death. Some 3,500 cows are slaughtered annually according to the Jewish kosher ritual in the Netherlands.
The loss of backing from prominent Jewish leaders could be damaging to Wilders, who has enjoyed support from pro-Israeli and anti-Islam organisations in the United States.
He has received death threats because of his anti-Islam views and has around-the-clock security.
Manfred Gerstenfeld, a prominent Israeli author, said in a telephone interview from Jerusalem that the banning of ritual slaughter has been used in Europe to deter Jews.
“Are you going to support a guy who is at forefront of the anti-Semitism movement in Europe?,” he said.
The Netherlands, where Anne Frank hid as a teenager in an Amsterdam canal house until being murdered by the Nazis, had one of the highest rates of Jewish deportation during World War Two.
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Sara Webb and Jon Hemming)
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US anti-islam groups admit to financing PVV leader Geert Wilders
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Anti-islam groups in the US have financially supported anti-immigration PVV party leader Geert Wilders, according to British news agency http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/10/us-dutch-wilders-us/idUSBRE8890A720120910 Reuters.
Groups in the US seeking to counter Islamic influence in the West have admitted they funded police protection and paid legal costs for Wilders, says Reuters.
The Middle East Forum, a pro-Israeli think-tank based in Philadelphia, funded Wilders’ legal defence in 2010 and 2011 against Dutch charges of inciting racial hatred, director Daniel Pipes told Reuters.
The think-tank sent money directly to Wilders’ lawyer, Pipes said. He declined to say how much his group paid. Bram Moszkowicz, who represented Wilders during the trial, would not discuss payments for Wilders’ defence, citing client confidentiality, says Reuters.
Reuters also cites neo-conservative David Horowitz as having paid Wilders for two speeches. Horowitz runs a network of Los Angeles-based conservative groups and a website called FrontPage magazine.
He told Reuters he paid Wilders ‘a good fee’ for making two speeches and a special security fee of about $1,500 to the Philadelphia police department when Wilders’ appearance in the city sparked student protests.
Horowitz said US backers helped Wilders raise money to pay legal fees to fight a ban from visiting Britain in 2009, where he planned to screen his film Fitna. The ban was overturned in October 2009 following an appeal.
‘Wilders is fighting the good fight,’ Horowitz told Reuters.
Both Pipes and Horowitz denied funding Wilders’ political activities in the Netherlands.
In a response, Wilders said he is frequently asked to speak abroad but never asks for a fee. However, sometimes travel and accommodation expenses are paid. ‘My personal security is always paid for by the Dutch government,’ he told Reuters.
The PVV party organisation does not get official funding from the Dutch government because it only has one member – Wilders himself.
Legislation is currently going through parliament which will force all parties to reveal their donation sources.
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