Our Flemish correspondent VH writes this morning about anti-Israel demonstrations in Amsterdam:
Harry van Bommel, Dutch MP for the SP (Socialist Party) called during a demonstration in Amsterdam on January 3, for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel, an intifada. To the right of him: Gretta Duisenberg (widow of the late European Central Bank director Wim Duisenberg) of the anti-Semitic organization Stop de bezetting (“End the occupation”). They can be heard a number of times shouting: “Intifada, intifada, Palestine free”.
Another video is here. The flag of Israel that can be seen being pulled away in the beginning (ca. 0:10) of the video, is from the brave Ben Kok, a Jewish-Christian Pastor, who wanted to wave the flag in opposition to the demo, and was pushed out the demonstration by people like Mohammed Rabbae, former GreenLeft frontman. The police confiscated the flag and later returned it to Ben Kok, who wrote: “If the police hadn’t been there, I would certainly have been beaten up.” He was “tactically removed” in a police van because he might inspire new aggression, according to the police.
Minister Verhagen is an accomplice to civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and should actually be locked up. So says Harry van Bommel (SP) in his column in “Spits!”.
More than 300 people, dozens of civilians, dead, on the Palestinian side, and one dead in Israel. There is no justification for the rockets of Hamas, but the reaction of Israel is a blatant war crime.
Israel loses credibility with this reaction.
Your political boss Geert Wilders stands strongly behind Israel in this conflict. He says: “Violence against terror is rarely disproportionate” and “kick the whole lot in the Sinai.” With this you close your eyes to the fact that Israel has closed the Gaza Strip already for a long time, in contravention of the Geneva Convention, and makes a two-state solution impossible, and continues with illegal settlements and therefore keeps a hold on an entire people.
The Netherlands must no longer support Israel in this foolish approach. Minister Verhagen has called Israel to respond with ‘reluctance’. This is a cowardly position, because it does not condemn Israel. With this Verhagen cares a fat lot about the Dutch Constitution. Article 90 states that: “The Netherlands will promote the international legal order.” The PVV is always tough on those who violate the law, so what do we do with Verhagen? Detention is not an option. I will not find a majority in Parliament to make him resign. For a while I will keep him accessory to the civilian casualties that he hypocritically he says to regret.
Harry van Bommel
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It is very sad to note that now, while Israel is finally defending itself, you grab your pen to condemn them. What a dhimmi you are! After hundreds of rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinians on Israeli cities I never even heard you mention.
Minister Verhagen [CDA, Christian Democrats, Minister of Foreign Affairs] is not a hero. Of course he should have said that after several terrorist acts by Hamas, Israel has the right to defend itself. Civilian casualties are unfortunate, but ultimately, these citizens for a large part elected these Hamas thugs themselves. Terror should be fought with all possible means. As my fraction leader in parliament [Wilders] said: “kick the whole lot into the Sinai.” I am sure your Egyptian brothers will welcome you with open arms if you want to meet your Palestinian friends. Shalom, Hero.