Dutch Wilders’ Islamophobic sidekick converts to Islam

Joram van Klaveren and Geert Wilders as Dutch Islamophobic MPs, ANP photo

Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today:

It may be about the largest possible ideological gap to bridge, but again it happens: Joram van Klaveren, former PVV politician, has converted to Islam. …

Van Klaveren was once the right hand man of PVV leader Geert Wilders, advocated a burqa ban, a ban on minarets and a ‘de-Islamization‘ of the Netherlands.

But now he knows two suras (chapters) of the Quran, Mohammed is his prophet and he goes through life as a Muslim, says Van Klaveren today in interviews with NRC Handelsblad daily and This is the day EO TV show.

Van Klaverens’s remarkable conversion is the final part of his search for the backgrounds and meaning of Islam, in the context of his new book. That was supposed to become an Islam-critical work, but during the study Van Klaveren’s view on religion changed radically …

“I have contributed to maintaining and nurturing a bad image of Islam, but you can not imagine how these prejudices work until you have to deal with them yourself.”

Van Klaveren, raised in a Protestant Reformed family, was member of parliament for the PVV from 2010 to 2014 and was considered a hardliner. After [a conflict] he left the party and started with fellow ex-PVV MP Louis Bontes the new right-wing party For the Netherlands (VNL). VNL won zero seats in the 2017 elections and Bontes and Van Klaveren pulled the plug. …

Earlier, the former PVV local councillor Arnoud van Doorn had converted to Islam.


Dutch Islamophobic terrorist on trial

This 5 December 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate | Suzanne Barakat

On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Public prosecutor wants more than three years imprisonment for preparing attacks on Muslims

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is demanding three years and four months in prison against a man who allegedly planned to commit an attack on Muslims. Terror suspect Vincent T. was arrested in May and has since been in the heavily guarded prison in Vught.

The 44-year-old T. was active in a Facebook group called ATB Special Forces (ATB stands for Anti Terror Brigade). The members of that group wanted to set up a militia to protect the Netherlands against Muslims, writes Omroep Gelderland regional broadcaster.

According to the public prosecutor, this involved a terrorist objective. T. recruited members and also indicated he was “going to off prominent left-wingers“, according to the public prosecutor.

1700 bullets

The suspect still lives with his parents. In a search of his parental home two gas pistols and over 1700 bullets were found. Those bullets were not suitable for the gas pistols. According to the public prosecutor, T. tried to buy a firearm in Belgium. He also searched on the internet for instructions to make a bomb.

T. is an ex-soldier of the Air Mobile Brigade (for Dutch interventions abroad). He was also a candidate for a xenophobic party in provincial elections.

Islamophobes attack Muslim women for driving cars

This June 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

CAIR Wants Houston Road Rage Shooting Probed as Possible Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

CAIR-Texas Seeks Probe of Bias Motive After Houston Road Rage Shooter Shouts ‘Go Back to Islam

In Saudi Arabia until very recently, the autocracy banned women from driving cars. Women who protested by driving were flogged, jailed or both.

A year ago, the women activists won a victory as the ban was lifted. However, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman had the women who had made that possible jailed and threatens them with beheading.

Unfortunately, the Saudi absolute monarchy is not the only enemy of (Muslim) women driving cars.

By Nick Baumann and Samantha Storey in the USA today:

HuffPost’s Rowaida Abdelaziz interviewed 30 female hijab-wearing Muslim drivers who were the target of Islamophobic road rage. Many of the stories came in as tips submitted to HuffPost’s Documenting Hate project, a database that tracks incidents of hate and bias. We asked Abdelaziz about her story.

This story partly came as a result of tips to HuffPost’s Documenting Hate database. Can you tell us a bit more about that project, and how it has informed your reporting?

America does not do a good job of tracking incidents of hate and bias, so HuffPost partnered with ProPublica in order to document and report on the increasing number of bigoted incidents skyrocketing nationwide. Every day, new tips of all kinds — from racist verbal harassment in grocery stores to workplace discrimination — are submitted to the database.

Each day, I comb through our database and investigate all the anti-Muslim incidents that came through. I discovered a number of incidents that each detailed a similar issue: Muslim women targeted on the road. I looked deeper into each tip, called each victim and verified their story. Once I noticed a pattern inside the database, I decided to research the issue further and began asking other hijab-wearing Muslim women if they experienced the same thing. The response was overwhelming. I knew immediately I was onto something.

What was the hardest part about reporting this story?

There were two main challenges I faced when reporting this story. The first was verifying each and every incident. I interviewed 30 women in total, spending a lot of time on the details of who, what, where and when of their experiences on the road. A lot of these Muslim women had more than one experience to share. To complicate things even more, the police were rarely involved, which meant these stories had to be corroborated by friends or family. It was a time-consuming task.

The second challenge was the lack of statistics. The most recent data set about road rage is 4 years old. And neither federal agencies nor police stations track the various types of road rage that occur.

This story features powerful photos. How did you work with the photographer?

The HuffPost photo team was excellent to work with. Muslim woman are often portrayed as a monolith, but Damon Scheleur did a fantastic job working with each unique woman and getting the perfect shot. When Damon was unable to travel for one photo shoot, the photo team found the perfect freelancer to finish the task.

What struck you most during your reporting?

Just how common and widespread the issue is. The Muslim women I spoke to kept reiterating how “normal” this was. It had become so embedded in their routine for years now. The idea of being targeted on the road was something most of them “just dealt with” because driving is essential to getting around and going about their daily lives. It shocked almost no one. And when the story published, I heard from so many more women telling me how they have gone through the same thing.

What do you want readers to take away?

I want readers to understand there are so many mundane things people take for granted. Many drivers don’t think twice about getting into their car and hitting the road. But for people of color and particularly Muslim women who wear hijab, it can be a traumatizing experience. One Muslim woman, who is both Muslim and black, expressed this so poignantly when she told me, “I don’t know what I’ll get attacked for today.” That struck me and I hope it strikes other readers as well.

There’s so much to cover on your beat. How do you pick what stories to pursue?

It is extraordinarily difficult to pick and choose what to cover when it comes to reporting on Islamophobia in America. There is just so much, all the time! What makes Islamophobia unique, is that Islam is a religion, which means anti-Muslim rhetoric intersects with issues of race, politics, gender and almost everything you can think of.

I try to pick stories that will have the most impact on policy and the national discourse. Multiple studies have pointed to a disturbingly large number of politicians and everyday people who have severe misconceptions about their Muslim neighbors, which has lead to a terrifying spike in hate crimes and situations like those in my road rage story. My hope is to pursue stories that will bring back some of the nuance and complexity and showcase the impact anti-Muslim rhetoric has on people.

MAN PULLS GUN ON MUSLIM TEENS Police are investigating an incident at a Minnesota McDonald’s in which a man reportedly pulled a gun on a group of Muslim teenagers. [HuffPost]

Islamophobic violent attack at London mosque

Police outside The Hussaini Association in Oxgate Lane, Cricklewood, London where two people were injured after a car hit pedestrians leaving the annual Al Hussaini Majlis just after midnight

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Police investigating ‘hate crime’ after car mounts pavement outside mosque

POLICE are investigating a suspected Islamophobic hate crime after a car hit three people outside a mosque in the early hours of this morning.

A red Nissan Juke mounted the pavement and swerved into bystanders outside the al-Majlis al-Hussaini Islamic centre in Cricklewood, north-west London, where a late-night lecture had just ended.

This is a Shiite Islamic centre.

Officers said the occupants of the car shouted anti-Muslim abuse before driving at a group leaving the centre at about 12.30am this morning.

Two men in their twenties suffered minor injuries and a man in his fifties is in hospital with a serious leg injury, the Metropolitan Police said.

Chief Superintendent Simon Rose said it was “extremely fortunate there was no loss of life,” adding: “It is being dealt with as an Islamophobic hate crime and it is being dealt with as a racist hate crime.”

The incident is not currently being treated as terrorism, the Met said, but detectives are analysing CCTV footage in a bid to trace the driver.

I am a bit afraid that, if this crime would have been perpetrated by a Muslim driver against non-Muslims, then the London Metropolitan Police, and certainly the Rupert Murdoch and other corporate media, would not hesitate one second in labeling it ‘terrorism‘.

See also here.

Islamisation of Birmingham, England, satiric poem

This 2007 video from England is about Irish poet Kevin Higgins poetry reading for Oxfam.

By Kevin Higgins in Britain:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Poetry on the Picketline

The Islamisation of Birmingham

Most reckon it was the day Ozzy Osbourne
walked out the gates of Winson Green Prison,
ready to commit acts of musical terrorism
in a desperate effort to undermine Christ,
that the City began turning instead
to Mecca. All agree

the situation grew
more serious each time Roy Wood sang
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
in the hope we wouldn’t notice
the big mad beard he got
at a training camp in Pakistan.

Spaghetti Junction was already
jammed with Muslim-only vehicles,
the night the Mulberry Bush
and Tavern in the Town
were blown up by Muslims
disguised as IRA men.
Since then every nil-all draw
between Aston Villa and Birmingham City
has been celebrated by stadiums half-full
of nothing but Muslims.

Truth is, it started way back,
the night Chamberlain signed
his secret treaty with Adolf, agreeing
in the event of war with Russia to hand
the birthplace of Enoch Powell
over to the Islamists.

These days the local economy is mostly
Jaguar Cars and Cadbury’s chocolate
being secretly manufactured by Muslims
for export to terrorist countries busy
thinking up new ways to kill us.

This is a satire on the remarks of [Rupert Murdoch-owned] Fox News commentator Steve Emerson, who said that “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go.”

Note: All people, pubs, companies and football teams mentioned in this poem are native to Birmingham, with the exception of the late Adolf Hitler, who was born in the small Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, though his people did visit Birmingham from 1940 to 1943.

Poetry on the Picket Line is a squad of like-minded poets putting themselves about to read their work on picket lines, in the spirit of solidarity. Invitations to rallies etc. welcome, contact facebook.com/pg/PicketLinePoets.

Dutch Islamophobe suspected of terrorism

This December 2017 video is called Islamophobia UK. Violent white English youth attacks Muslim man in Manchester England.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A 43-year-old man from Lingewaard is suspected of preparing a terrorist act. The suspect wanted to commit an attack on Muslims, according to the Public Prosecutor.

The man was arrested on 23 May and has since been detained. The Public Prosecution Service started an investigation on the basis of “information that the man considered violence against Muslims justified and would perform acts to do so“.

The Public Prosecution had, eg, indications that the man possessed explosives. During a search, officers found a gun and “a large number” of bullets.

… The pro-forma court session will take place on 7 September and more will be made clear about the case then.

According to this report, there were two guns in the house of suspect Vincent T. in Pannerden village. His parents say that their son had taken the bag full of bullets, which the police found, from the Dutch army. Vincent T. was a former Air Mobile Brigade soldier, and now a commando. In 2007, he was a provincial assembly election candidate for the extreme right EvdV party, inspired by Geert Wilders.

British anti-ISIS fighters against Islamophobia

This video says about itself:

We Met The British Right-Wing Bigot Trump Retweeted (HBO)

29 November 2017

Donald Trump has made what could be his most controversial tweets yet — and that’s saying something.

The Twitter fanatic, who is also President of the United States, hit the retweet button early Wednesday, circulating three tweets from extreme-right group “Britain First”.

The tweets, from the group’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, show unverified videos with the titles: ‘Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!’, ‘Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!’, and ‘Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!‘. Jayda Fransen has already been convicted of hate crimes in the UK, and is facing more charges.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is currently in Iraq, but a spokesman for Downing Street said it was “wrong” for President Trump to have retweeted Fransen. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the tweets, saying: “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real and that is what the president is talking about.”

Britain First“ was launched in 2011 by former members of a failed nationalist political party [the neonazi BNP]. It’s mainly known for its flag-waving marches and publicity stunts outside mosques – all in the name of campaigning, in its own words, for “patriotic resistance” and against “the rapid growth of militant Islam”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monday, July 9, 2018

We oppose the far right‘s attempt to co-opt our fight against Isis jihadism

Five former YPG volunteers pen this open letter in support of those standing up to Tommy Robinson’s fascists

‘Tommy Robinson‘ is NOT the real name of that racist. This former member of the neonazi BNP, sentenced for violent crime and later for fraud, is called Stephen Yaxley-Lennon … err … that sounds too Irish, as neonazis hate not only Muslims, Jews, Africans, etc. etc. but Irish people as well. So, he prefers calling himself the more Germanic “Tommy Robinson“.

AS FORMER members of the armed forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) who left Britain and volunteered to fight the Islamic extremist group Isis, we wish to make it clear we oppose attempts by the far right to co-opt the fight against Isis and jihadism, and we support the counter-demonstration against the upcoming right-wing [pro-Donald Trump] mobilisation on Saturday July 14.

Demonstration against neonazi Yaxley-Lennon

As those that fought against Isis and had many friends who died in that fight, including some of the eight British citizens who have died, we want to make it clear that Tommy Robinson, the English Defence League (EDL), Generation Identity and the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) are not part of the fight against Islamic extremism and are only trying to make things worse.

Like the whole of the far right, Robinson offers no solutions, only more divisions.

He is a right-wing career politician who started out in the neonazi BNP, founded the EDL, British Freedom Party and Pegida UK, and is only now presenting himself as some kind of independent journalist.

He is not; he is movement-building, and the kind of movement he wants is clear from his past groups listed here and from his current association with Generation Identity, a group made up of “former” neonazis.

Violent Islamic extremism, as in Isis and al-Qaeda, is not part of traditional Islam. It is a recent development that only took shape after the 1950s.

Similarly, what is commonly called Islamic fundamentalism is also not part of traditional Islam, is just over 100 years old, and only started to become prevalent in the last 50 years.

Although we need to oppose these reactionary backward movements, Islam itself is no better or worse than any other major religion in its doctrine.

When we oppose Islamic fascism we need to be very specific about which groups or individuals we oppose.

The far right has no interest in this. It deliberately tars all Muslims as supporting jihadist terrorism and wanting to conquer non-Muslim countries.

The far right whips up tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims for racist ends — as Muslims are overwhelmingly non-white — and they intend to use this tension and distrust to build a right-wing movement that scapegoats first racial minorities, then others.

This is the same pattern followed by far-right movements across the globe. By creating societies where ordinary Muslims feel unwelcome and unsafe, they will only help recruit for extremists.

If you have genuine concerns over segregated communities, place the blame on the New Labour and Tory governments that allowed and encouraged segregation, and support a socialist solution of united and equal communities and secular (non-religious) education.

If you have genuine concerns over grooming gangs, place the blame on the New Labour and Tory governments that allowed and encouraged disregard for working-class women and girls, and support a socialist answer to classism and neglect, and proper funding for social services.

If you have genuine concerns over Islamic extremism:

Call on the government to break all ties with Saudi Arabia (whose laws are almost identical to Isis’s doctrines) and exports extremist ideology worldwide.

Call on the government to break all ties with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has nurtured and allied with Isis to attack the Kurds, supports jihadists in Syria, and is enforcing more and more reactionary fundamentalist laws in Turkey itself.

Look for solutions and allies from within the Muslim and migrant communities who are most affected by Islamic extremism.

The YPG did not defeat Isis by promoting one religion over another or one race over another, but through its ideology of secular, democratic, multi-faith, multi-racial, socialism.

Left-wing ideas and policies brought an end to Isis in northern Syria, and the same will be true fighting other extremist movements like it here in Britain too.

Alexander Norton
Callum Ross
Josh Walker
Brace Belden
Tirpan Cudi

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