Earlier today I posted H. Numan’s translation of a brief article about a Muslim township or district proposed for the suburbs of Amsterdam by Ahmed Marcouch.
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated some additional material on the same topic. Note: some of this is a recapitulation of information found in the earlier post. The wording may differ slightly because this material has a different translator.
First, from Elsevier:
Marcouch wants “Super District” for Muslim community
By Maartje Willems
The Amsterdam district council chairman in Slotervaart, Ahmed Marcouch [PvdA (Labour)], wants to create in Amsterdam “a city in itself” that can be “dedicated to the integration of immigrants.”
Popularity: The Egyptian hate-monger Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is the spiritual and political leader of the Amsterdam district council chairman and Muslim Ahmed Marcouch. [Qaradawi told Hamas leaders recently: “We are behind you to the last breathe, and rest assured that you won”t be abandoned or betrayed as long as you remain holding to your legal rights,” (sic in toto) underscoring that the “tyrant Zionist rulers” won’t achieve victory over Muslims.]
Marcouch still remains one of the heroes of PvdA leader, Minister of Finance and Vice Prime Minister Wouter Bos.
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This is what the free newspaper De Pers writes today, following a letter from Amsterdam city Marcouch to other district council chairman. “A thriving Muslim community may arise with sufficient social capital. The Muslim minority will then be a plus-point,” writes Marcouch.
The “super district” would be in the west of Amsterdam, and must be placed outside the [highway] ring around the city.
The municipality wants to decrease the number of districts in Amsterdam, which is connected with Marcouch’s plan. The PvdA man is enthusiastic about the “super-district,” which in his eyes can compete with Purmerend and Almere [cities close to Amsterdam, home to many native Amsterdam refugees; he adds to that in the newspaper “…and the rise of skyscrapers and extension of the University, and as another newspaper writes: himself as the new Mayor].
Politicians respond negatively to the plan. VVD MP Paul de Krom expects the plan to strengthen the Muslim community, unfortunately. “In a secular society, local officials should not let themselves be guided by their faith.”
PvdA MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem says he does not understand what he means, “Muslim Communities are forming around mosques, not around city boundaries.”
PVV leader Geert Wilders is going to ask questions in Parliament about this initiative of Marcouch.
From the PVV website:
PVV: Islamization desire of Marcouch is extremely perilous — Questions in Parliament
Questions by Members of Parliament Fritsma and Wilders (both PVV) to the Minister of Work, Welfare and Income, on the expressions of OvdA member Marcouch.
1.) Are you aware of the article in the press “Marcouch wants Super District”? 2.) How do you judge the desire of Marcouch to aim for a “thriving Muslim community”? 3.) Do you share the opinion that this Islamization-wish coming from Amsterdam politics is extremely perilous.? If not, why not? If yes: [=do explain] 4.) Can you make sure that the ideas of this wolf in sheep’s clothing Marcouch will never be realized? If not, why not?
One of the city councilors who left the PvdA party after Marcouch pleaded for Islamic education in public schools, Clyde Moerlie, says: “A most peculiar statement. But is fits his frame of thinking. I don’t see much in the one-sided Valhalla that Marcouch wants to create. Probably a district in which civil servants don’t have to shake the hand of a woman and has Islamic teachings in all public schools. We in the PvdA once thought ourselves members of a secular party, but Marcouch most of all sees his duty as a good Muslim to spread Islam.”