Another court case has been brought against Geert Wilders, this one by a fundamentalist “Dutch” imam who accuses Mr. Wilders of smearing his good name.
Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan and our Flemish correspondent VH have compiled a report with the latest news about Imam Fawaz Jneid.
First a De Telegraaf article, as summarized by H. Numan:
Geert Wilders must appear in another court case, this time in the Hague for a charge filed by imam Fawaz Jneid.
Fawaz is generally seen as one of the most conservative [read: “Taliban fundy”] imams presently in the country.
He is imam in the Salafist As-Soenah mosque. In his movie Fitna Wilders showed a fragment of an interview of Fawaz, broadcasted in “Netwerk”. Earlier the imam made it known he was going to sue for copyright (portrait right) infringements. Wilders used this fragment unlawfully, and smeared his good name.
H. Numan’s commentary on the esteemed imam appears at the bottom of this post.
Next comes an article from De Volkskrant, as translated by VH:
Imam Fawaz demands 55,000 euro of Wilders
PVV leader Geert Wilders must next week also appear in court in the Hague. Imam Fawaz Jneid is demanding 55,000 euros of Wilders, as the politician used a fragment of an interview with Fawaz from the TV program “Network” in his anti-Koran film Fitna.
The session will be held next Wednesday in the Hague court. That week Wilders will also spend four days in court in Amsterdam, where he is being tried for insulting a group [for which the prosecutors have proposed acquittal] and inciting to hatred and discrimination.
The conflict with the strict Orthodox [Salafi — translator] clergyman Fawaz Jneid from the As-Sunnah mosque in the Hague dates from the spring of 2008. Wilders had used a fragment of a Network TV interview of October 2007 in Fitna. The imam then said that his portrait right was infringed and that Wilders had acted unlawfully, and thereby affected his good name and honor.
When in July 2008 the imam filed his claim against Wilders, the latter indicated he was not impressed: “This hate-imam has cursed Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Theo van Gogh and Afshin Ellian and said the most terrible things. He screams louder than a pig.” Wilders also said: “I’m not going to pay a penny.”
 “His good name and honor”, a summary:
Fawaz Jneid (Tripoli, 1964; Dutch and possible Syrian nationality) came to the Netherlands in 1992, after he became persona non grata in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ‘due to his anti-American views’ [source]. The As-Sunnah mosque in the Hague where he ‘preaches’, is one of the Salafist prayer centers that has drawn the attention of the AIVD [Dutch Intelligence Service].
In a sermon in 2004, two months before the murder of Theo van Gogh, he incited his congregation to murder both Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Theo van Gogh. During the sermon in which he did this he also asked to “burden them [Hirsi Ali and Van Gogh] with your [Allah’s] anger and contempt” and cause Van Gogh “a disease that cannot be healed by all the inhabitants of the earth” and make him “long for his death” (the praying public said “Amen”). [full text of the sermon, in Dutch, can be read here (pdf)]
The members of the Hofstad group, including Van Gogh’s murderer Mohammed Bouyeri, often came to listen to the sermons of Fawaz in the months preceding the ritual murder of Van Gogh. Other visitors to his mosque said of his sermons: “He gives you a sense of guilt and the idea that you are not doing enough to defend Islam”. [source]
Fawaz further called Ehsan Jami, a prominent Dutch apostate from Islam, “an incestuous weasel” and “a mongrel who wants to put incest on the agenda” and wished on the law scholar Professor Afshin Ellian “a malignant tumor”. The spokesman for Fawaz Jneid’s mosque, Abdelhamid Taheri, did not think the text [fatwa] could be read as a call to violence against Ellian. But according to Taheri, Ellian would be “responsible himself” for the remarks: “What other people do with this, is not our business”. [source]
In 2007 Fawaz Jneid called Ahmed Marcouch a “hypocrite”, which basically has the status of “apostate”, and the traditional punishment for an apostate is death. “Because Fawaz has quite a lot of supporters this may lead to violence,” said Fouad Sidali, chairman of the Association of Moroccans in the Netherlands (SMN). This was also the first time a Muslim organization distanced itself from an imam. [source]
In 2009 he advocated wearing the hijab by stating that wearing a hijab prevents women from being raped: “I ask one simple question: Which women are more often the targets of rape and sexual harassment in the world? Veiled women or unveiled woman?”
Beginning this year, in February, Fawaz Jneid compared Geert Wilders with Hitler and Mussolini: “People like Hitler and Mussolini also came to power with fair elections. They were also supported by the people, often due to similar expressions”. The statements of Wilders, according to Fawaz Jneid then, would lead to “bloodshed and a torn society”. [source]
At that time, shortly before the local elections in the Netherlands, the Salafi imam — who actually is opposed to democracy — stated: “Go vote, vote against Wilders, he is a danger to the Muslims”. [source]
H. Numan concludes with this commentary:
Imam Fawaz is by far the most controversial imam in the country, and probably in the top ten of Europe. He doesn’t have to worry about his good name, though. One needs to have a good name in order to have it smeared, after all. He claims €55,000 in damages. Probably with an additional 72 virgins.
Imam Fawaz was asked to leave Morocco by his government. Either go to jail for inciting hatred, or become a missionary far away. The Moroccan government was very happy to get rid of him. He has resided for over twenty years in The Netherlands. He doesn’t speak a word of Dutch, nor does he want to learn a heathen language (his own words). He holds dual Moroccan-Dutch nationality. In his own words: the fact that he holds a Dutch passport prevents him becoming a persona non grata.
“Oh Allah, present [Theo] van Gogh a disease that cannot be cured by any inhabitant of earth. He will long for his death, but not get it.”
“Oh Allah, blind the vision of Ayaan Hirsi Ali as you have blinded her heart. Oh Allah, blind her vision, oh Allah deliver her cancer in the brain. Oh Allah, deliver her a tongue cancer.*”
Sadly, this scumbag was not prosecuted for inciting hatred. After all, apartheid is a Dutch word.
* Tongue cancer is a euphemism for lung cancer. He would be punishable if he used the right disease.