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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Islam's Influence in Holland

Nadene Goldfoot
"Fifty years ago, very few Muslims lived in the Netherlands, but Islam was the most widespread religion in the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a whole. Until 1949, the Kingdom included what is now the Republic of Indonesia, with its predominantly Muslim population, while Suriname, which has a Muslim minority of mainly Indian origin, did not gain its independence until 1975. The first Muslims to settle in the Netherlands itself were Moluccans who left Indonesia in 1951, after it had become an independent republic"  Today Indonesia is the most populated Muslim majority country with 228,582,000 people of which 86.1% are Sunni Muslims.
Holland has had Muslims living there since the 16th century, especially from Turkey and Morocco as part of the Ottoman Empire traders, but lately have received many more from other Muslim majority countries.  In 2011 the population of the Netherlands was 16,696,000.

By January 1,  2005 there were 108,728 Twelver Shiites living in the Netherlands. They had 43,525 Iraqis,  36,683 Afghanis and 28,522 Iranians.

By 2006 there were 850,000 Muslims living in Holland.  38% were Turkish .  40,000 were Pakistanis, 34,000 were Surinamese, and 31,000 Afghanis and 27,000 from Iraq.

The census on October 24, 2007 showed that Holland's population was 5% Muslim.  By 2009 they had 825,000 Muslims or 6% of the population.

Jews have lived in Holland since the Roman conquest of 70 CE.  In 1946 25,000 to 30,000 were living there.  By 1980 the population had grown to 41,000 to 45,000.

According to Holland's information from 2005, 48% of the Dutch population profess no religion, 27% are Roman Catholic,   17% are Protestants, 5% are Muslims, 2% are of other religions which Jews would be one of them, and 1% are Hindus.  Jews make up 0.02 of the world population, but about 2% of the USA population.

Having this background, we can now understand a little more that there are currently more people with neo-Nazi views in the Netherlands than the number of Dutch collaborators with the Nazis during WWII.  Dr. Gerstenfeld just wrote an article that was published in the major Dutch news site Dagelijkse Standaard  saying this.  He continued with the fact that about 5 million Dutch have a satanic view of Israel.  A study asked people if they believe that Israel is conducting an extermination plan against Palestinian Arab and 39% polled said yes.  He said that millions of Dutch are back in the Middle Ages of mentality.  What is happening is that verbal harassment and physical attacks are on the rise against Jews.  "Cancer-Jew, dirty Jew, Jews to the gas. All the vulgar words you can imagine are whispered and shouted at us as we pass people by,” Benzion Evers, son of a rabbi in Amsterdam said. "There are physical threats as well, ranging from pushing and shoving to fist fights."

Netherlands Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said, People often insult me in public. It can happen almost anywhere, such as at the train station in Rotterdam or in the center of Amersfoort, the town where I live. For instance, someone may shout at me ‘Yehoud’ —  a negative term for a Jew in Arabic. When I walked home from our synagogue a few years ago, a child of about 10 years old shouted out ‘Dirty stinking Jew.’

Anti-Semitic incidents in 2010 amounted to 124, with 113 reported in 2011.  That was a drop of 9%, but vandalism and assaults rose.  

There have also been frequent attacks on circumcision of which both Muslims and Jews are affected.  People become anti-Israel they say, from their friends' opinions.  Left-wing groups held a Kristallnacht ceremony, which commemorates the night the Germans broke all the windows of Jewish shops.     A few days ago, a higher court fined a religious Jew who didn't carry his identity card on the Sabbath.  (They don't carry anything, no purse, etc.) A lower court had found him not guilty.

Geert Wilders is a young Dutch parliament member who is trying to stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands and stop the immigration of Muslims from Muslim countries.  He says he doesn't hate Muslims but hates Islam.  He is one who has traveled to both Islamic states and Israel.  He is known for telling about the dangers of jihad,  and has called for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities.   There is much widespread Muslim anti-Semitism going on.

I'd say that Muslims to Jews here is about 3:1, and Jews are easily identified if they are orthodox.  Muslims attacking orthodox Jews is also happening at an alarming rate in France.  Both countries seem to be losing the battle of fighting anti-Semitism.  Jews have 2 choices; move to Israel or wear non-distinctive clothing till they get into their synagogue.  They may have to go incognito.  They are living in a dangerous environment.  The protection of their life is important.  Keep pushing for government assistance in fighting anti-Semitism but be prepared to be without it.  .

If this seems improper to do, remember what happened in the Spanish Inquisition when it was the government who had the ruling that you either had to be Catholic or leave the country.  Those Jews that couldn't pick up and go chose to be hidden Jews, and went underground with it.  During time spent with others, they pretended to be Catholics but practiced Judaism in the privacy of their home with their Kosher laws, Friday night meals, and prayers in Hebrew.  They handed down their history to their children.  It seems ridiculous that in this day and age something similar is happening in these two countries, and that Jews have to accept verbal and physical abuse just to get to their house of worship.  That's why Israel is so important to us.  It is our Jewish home, a place of life in a world of intolerance.  Jews in the Inquisition didn't have this luxury.  They had to make very difficult and dangerous choices.

Arutz Sheva

1 comment:

Nadene Goldfoot said...

Update: The Dutch government has issued a first of its kind directive to retail chains in the country, telling them to mark Israeli products that were manufactured in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, according to a report Thursday by Haaretz.

This makes the Netherlands, considered one of Israel's closest friends in Europe, the second country in the European Union, after Britain, to ask retail chains to mark products made in areas beyond the 1949 ceasefire line.

According to the Haaretz report, the Dutch Ministry of Economy and Trade issued the directive on Wednesday to all retail chains in the country.
What I'm going to do is buy any product I see so labeled to help break this despicable boycotting.