According to today’s Expatica, in the face of renewed intimidation, Mr. Jami has decided to close down his organization of ex-Muslims:
Dutch politician Ehsan Jami is closing down his Central Committee for Ex-Muslims. He claims people are scared to join the organisation because of threats from Muslims.
Jami sits on the municipal council in Voorburg, formerly for the Labour Party, now as an independent. He presented plans for a committee for former Muslims last year. He was subsequently assaulted in the street and was provided with police protection.
Jami was planning to make a cartoon animation on the Prophet Muhammad, which was to feature explicit sexual scenes, but recently agreed to give up the idea in response to an appeal from Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin.
What the article fails to note is that Mr. Jami “agreed to give up the idea” under pressure from the government. According to rumor, the state turned the screws on him by threatening to withdraw his protection detail if he went ahead with his movie plans.
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Obviously the Dutch government is unwilling to experience a repeat of the Fitna crisis, and is prepared to go to any lengths to avoid one.
So what does the future hold for Ehsan Jami?
Jami is currently holding discussions with a political party on the possibility of his standing for a seat in parliament in the next election. However, he is not prepared to reveal which political party is involved.
Anyone want to bet it’s not the Labour Party?
Hat tip: Fjordman.