Squatters and Razzias

Razzia poster

It is a time-hallowed practice of the Socialist Left to equate any action they don’t like — for example, a cut in social welfare, a tightening of immigration laws, or the deportation of immigrant criminals — with Nazism. A recent instance of this rhetorical gambit has popped up in Amsterdam, and concerns the eviction of squatters by the municipal authorities.

Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated an article on the topic and follows it with additional material and notes. First, from Elsevier:

Amsterdam and CIDI furious after razzia poster by squatters

by Robin van der Kloor

[December 3, 2010] Squatters have put together a poster in which they insinuate that the eviction of squatters from squatted property is equivalent to the razzias[1] in WWII. The municipality of Amsterdam and CIDI (Center for Documentation and Information Israel) are furious. The poster can be seen on the Indymedia website, an online platform for squatters.

In the manipulated picture, Jewish men are kneeling with their hands in the air under the watchful eye of a soldier. This is a photo taken during World War II. At the top of the razzia poster, the portraits are added [from left to right — translator] of Amsterdam’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan [PvdA, Labour Party, Socialist], chief prosecutor Herman Bolhaar, and chief of Amsterdam Police Bernard Welten.

On Twitter, Aldermen Lodewijk Asscher [of the PvdA, Labour Party, Socialist] and Eric van der Burg [of the VVD, center-right liberals] speak of it as a “revolting action” to compare the squatters to Jewish war victims. Mayor Van der Laan also describes the poster as below standards.

In addition to this, the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) finds the poster shameful. “The men in the pictures were taken from their homes in during WWII and gassed, that has nothing to do with the policy of the municipality,” a spokesman for the CIDI told the Amsterdam broadcaster AT5.

Whether a complaint has been filed against Indymedia is not yet known.

VH adds:

The squatters themselves however, say the poster has nothing to do with the squatters, but “the daily hunt for undocumented migrants”.

Statement by The Handyman

We’ve made this “photo-f***”[2] poster, because we find it shocking that Amsterdam, headed by the Triangle [mayor, prosecutor, police chief — translator], finds it normal to execute vulgar (as smelling of the second world war) razzias in Amsterdam.


This past week this happened in Amsterdam-East. The previous major action was in Amsterdam South-East. [link]

It is too sad for words that these kinds of filthy practices by the coppers are becoming commonplace. Stop and search, area-prohibition to drive teenagers from the street, surveillance cameras, heavy repression during student protests, the football-law [against hooligan-violence — translator] being used against youngsters who hang around on the streets, and so on.

Preventive stop-and-search often results in complaints and concerns about the fact that people with a tint other than pink are checked and caught more frequently. Never has anything been done against this.

These practices will bring us to the conclusion, by means of a so-called photo-f***, to draw attention in a very rough way to the misconduct of the state. We believe Amsterdam has lately become a police-city with the law-and-order mayor at the helm.

The photo-f*** has nothing to do with squatters. However, squatters have also been declared prohibited since October 1;[3] this target group is often articulate and combative enough to respond. The daily hunt for undocumented migrants is a very different kind of struggle. This target group is one of the most vulnerable in society. It is therefore necessary that other groups in society engage in the struggle against the fascist practices of the IND [Immigration and Naturalization Service — translator] and the police corps Amsterdam-Amstelland, and to begin the discussion at this point.

For years groups have made efforts to call for attention to the absurd policy of the Amsterdam police against undocumented migrants. Apparently it is necessary to make a very hefty photo-f*** to ask attention for this.

— The handyman


[1]   “Razzia”: In WWII the occupation forces in the Netherlands raided houses searching for Jews, later [1943] for men between 18 and 35 years who did not show up for the Arbeitseinsatz [forced labor — translator] and in 1944 to round up all “able-bodied [resistance-able] men” between 17 and 40 years old.

These raids were called “razzias” (“eine Razzia durchführen”).

The word Razzia is from ghazwah (“raid” or “conquest”) as performed by the Islamic community from its earliest days onwards, and means booty taken in battle in the form of weapons, horses, prisoners, and movable goods. Already in the pre-Islamic Bedouin society the ghazw was a way of life and helped provide the material means of existence. [source Britannica]

John J. Dziak quotes David Warren describing it as “permission to raid and plunder our infidel communities” [see “Islamism and Stratagem, Part I”. Today, the modern Muslim criminality continues the tradition of the Razzia or Ghazwah. Warner MacKenzie in his essay “Islam and the West; One Enormous Razzia” describes it as: “The recent phenomenon of Islamic terrorism against the west, and certain unwelcome aspects of the increasing Muslim presence in Western countries, seem new to us but, in reality, owe more than just a passing nod of acknowledgement to the Arab Bedouin tradition of the plundering raid (ghazwa or razzia.). The razzia, with its opportunistic seizure of spoils (anfal) was undertaken by a desert people who were unable or unwilling to contribute to the creation of their needs; so the Bedouin, who neither grew nor made anything, simply pillaged what they wanted from others. Likewise, Muslim emigrants keep their “eyes on the prize” when choosing a destination country and seem to find nations that are devoid of generous welfare systems and high standards of living, singularly unappealing.” [source]

[2]   “Photo-f*** is a word coined by GeenStijl for photoshopped pictures.

Text on the sign:

As from today prohibited: Squatters; Foreigners; Loitering

New power resources: Forced night care; Razzias; Area Prohibition; Preventive stop-and-search”

Text on the ribbon:

”Intolerant, Steadfast, Cowardly” [referring to the motto on the coat of arms of Amsterdam: “Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate”]

[3]   The anti-squatting law took 39 years (1971-2010) to be adopted and implemented, and then was almost immediately put on hold again, because it might conflict with human rights (ECHR).

3 thoughts on “Squatters and Razzias

  1. Once again the left is against a nation maintaining control of its borders, I will bet they are also screaming that the illegal immigrants are to be allowed welfare forever.

  2. The left is taking its cues from muslims and islam; portraying themselves as victims and more worthy of victimhood than actual Jews!

    Commie-fascism rearing its revolting, narcissistic head!

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