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Sorry, Netherlands, Sucks 2 B U

I can see how this is an outcome of Hope—but how is this Change (except a hefty chunk of change)?

President Obama has nominated a top campaign bundler to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, following in a rich presidential tradition of granting diplomatic posts to big-dollar fundraisers.

The White House announced this past week that Maryland lawyer Timothy Broas would be nominated for the Dutch ambassadorship.

According to the Obama campaign, Broas has helped raise more than $500,000 for the 2012 reelection effort. By law, Broas cannot contribute all that money himself — so he, like other so-called “bundlers,” serves as a fundraising point person and collects money from others to donate to the campaign.

These bundlers are frequently rewarded with prestigious positions — in the administrations of President Obama as well as his predecessors. The Center for Responsive Politics estimated that Obama nominated two-dozen fundraisers to ambassador positions within his first year in office.

Broad is a lawyer with the Washington, D.C., firm Winston & Strawn, representing high-profile clients like UBS Securities and Papa John’s International.

Who should be more insulted, the guy who got Holland for his half a million dollars; or Holland, once a great world power, now sunk so low (get it?) as to have a cheap lawyer and campaign shill as its American ambassador?

Actually, given what we’ve learned the last few days about Dutch collaboration with the Nazis, a rich corporate lawyer for the sainted Obama and the most efficient deporters of Jews during the Holocaust (so said Eichmann) kind of deserve each other. Kudos, Obama!


We Get Results

Or Aggie does:

THE HAGUE – The national commemoration committee of the Netherlands scrapped a controversial poem about Nazis from its program for its annual ceremony this week

The poem was seen to suggest Nazis deserved to be commemorated along with their victims

The homage to Dutch Nazis who died in WWII was to be paid in a poem written by the 15-year-old relative of a Dutch SS soldier who died in Germany`s eastern front. The Nationaal Comite 4 en 5 Mei planned to have the song read aloud on May 4 in Amsterdam at the main official commemoration ceremony

However, following a public outcry over the weekend, the committee announced it would scrap the text

“The national memorial day is too important to be overshadowed by the discussion the poem caused”, the committee said in a press release “Commemorating the perpetrators was never the committee’s intention The committee regrets that the boy’s poem was used in a ping-pong exchange between grownups.”

The boy`s poem, “Wrong Choice”, speak of his great uncle, who “sought to escape poverty and dreamed of a better life,” but “chose the wrong army and wrong ideology.” He “needs to be remembered too” on May 4, Dutch memorial day, the poem states.

And now he is. He is remembered as a member of the shameful lot that betrayed not only country but human decency by collaborating with the heinous Nazis. Uncle Hans (or whoever) did his no small part in the eradication of 3/4 of Holland’s Jews. I’ll never forget him.

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The Ethics Of The Dutch

Wrong choice, eh?

THE HAGUE – Dutch Nazis who died in World War II will be commemorated this year alongside their victims, at the national memorial ceremony in Amsterdam.

The homage is to be paid in a poem written by the 15-year-old relative of a Dutch SS soldier who died on Germany’s Eastern Front.

The boy’s poem, “Wrong Choice,” speaks of his great uncle, who “sought to escape poverty and dreamed of a better life,” but “chose the wrong army and wrong ideology.” He “needs to be remembered too,” on May 4, Dutch Memorial Day, the poem states.

The boy who wrote the poem is scheduled to publicly read it on Dutch Memorial Day at the Dam Square during a ceremony attended by the Dutch army’s top brass, war veterans and members of the royal family of the Netherlands.

Representatives of the Dutch Jewish community said they would not attend the ceremony unless the national memorial committee, Nationaal Comite 4 en 5 mei, scraps the poem.

“It is wholly inappropriate to compare the consequences of a wrong choice with the death of partisans, Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime,” said Ronny Naftaniel, director of the Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on Israel. “According to the same logic, Adolf Eichmann could also be commemorated as victim one day.”

- Aggie

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On the Bright Side…

Maybe he’s available to come to Harvard’s conference!

A Dutch university has decided to cancel”a conference due to be attended by a controversial Islamic scholar following protests from members of the Parliament and Jewish groups.

Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, a Saudi-born who lives in London, had been invited by the Islamic Students Association of Amsterdam to attend at Amsterdam Free University two days of discussion on the position of Islamic academics in the west.

But the university announced in a statement that the event had been cancelled “because a proper debate is no longer possible.”

Members of the Dutch Parliament from opposition and governing parties protested against the invitation and wanted that al-Haddad, who is a member of the Islamic Sharia Council in London, be banned for his anti-Semitic statements such as “Jews are the enemies of God” and “Jews are descended from apes and pigs.”

Al-Haddad claimed to be the victim of a “smear campaign conducted by the British Zionist lobby”.

Seriously! Can’t an Islamic scholar express an opinion without people jumping down his throat with both feet? Lord knows we’ve documented here that his is not a minority opinion among his ilk.

Harvard’s Pro-Pogrom conference, if you missed it.


Dutch To Jews: Go Away

The Dutch have voted to ban kosher slaughter, effectively telling their Jewish community to leave.

The Dutch parliament has voted to approve a ban on kosher and halal slaughter, after intense lobbying by animal rights groups.

The Senate must now vote on the measure, which will most likely take place in September. The Dutch Party for Animals, the first group of its kind to win seats in a national parliament in Europe, have been lobbying to close a loophole in Dutch law which gives Jews and Muslims permission to kill an animal without stunning.

David Zwartz, the chairman of the Wellington Jewish Council in New Zealand, whose country also attempted to ban kosher slaughter, told CNN: “The banning of shechita was introduced as an anti-Jewish law by the Nazis in Germany three months after they came into power.

“Freedom of religious practice is a hallmark of civilized (and most Western) societies. For Orthodox Jews, the eating of kosher meat is a central part of their belief.”

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has also traveled to the Netherlands two weeks ago to lobby against the law.

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the ban was a repudiation of the Netherlands’ historic commitment to religious freedom.

“Dutch Jews must not be put to the choice of violating a central tenet of Judaism, foregoing fresh meat, or emigrating,” he said.

“We call upon the Dutch Senate to prevent this action from leading to a clear violation of religious freedom that has a disproportionate impact on the Jewish community.”

The Conference of European Rabbis said the decision was an outrage. The organization’s president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said: “The practical effects of this bill mean that Jews are no longer welcome in The Netherlands. This has not happened for 70 years.”

Europeans just can’t change, We don’t belong there.

- Aggie


Few Remaining Jews In Europe Leaving Due To Antisemitism

This has been happening for years, and every now and then we read about it. Today’s report has to do with The Netherlands.

Prominent Jews Leave Amsterdam over Anti-Semitism

by Maayana Miskin

A son of a prominent rabbi in the Netherlands has announced plans to move to Israel due to anti-Semitism. Benzion Evers, son of well-known Dutch rabbi Raphael Evers, told De Telegraaf that he feels “suffocated and caged” in his home country due to anti-Jewish sentiment.

“I’m fed up with the verbal abuse and the streetfighting,” he told Het Parool, another Dutch paper.

“It’s not that you can’t leave the house, but you need to constantly hide, to be careful,” he explained. He related his own cautionary measures, which include avoiding certain neighborhoods, and hiding his kippah (yalmulke) when walking through areas with a high number of Muslim immigrants.

While anti-Semitism is not uncommon among Muslim immigrants, particularly those from Morocco and Turkey, there is a second kind of anti-Semitism that is common in the Netherlands as well, Evers said, an educated anti-Semitism that is disguised as anti-Zionism.

Five of the Evers’ family children have already left the Netherlands, he added, and his father plans to move as well after retirement. More than half of orthodox Jews end up leaving the country, he stated.

Just days earlier, Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein stated that religious Jews have no future in the Netherlands due to anti-Semitism. They should “emigrate to the U.S. or Israel,” he said. His comments were published in the book “The Decay: Jews in a Rudderless Netherlands” by Manfred Gerstenfeld.

The main cause of increasing hostility to Jews is “anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing,” Bolkestein stated. He expressed doubt that the government is capable of fighting anti-Semitism and protecting its Jewish citizens.

His controversial remarks were met with an uproar. The Dutch Parliament held a special session to discuss the issue.

Earlier in the year Dutch Chief Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs spoke to Arutz Sheva and expressed concern over Dutch anti-Semitism, which he said is becoming prevalent. He said that many Dutch citizens are upset by anti-Semitism, but concluded, “As the situation is today, the future for Dutch Jewry is moving to Israel.”


- Aggie

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Dutch Anti-Semitism

Money Museum invents Palestinian State, claims Israel wiped out their identity

In accusing Israel of “robbing Palestinian identity and replacing Palestinian money,” the Netherlands’ Geldmuseum (Money Museum) has adopted propaganda that “runs contrary to the truth,” the country’s largest pro-Israel organization said this week.

The museum has denied any political bias.

The Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation (CIDI) has complained on the matter to the Geldmuseum in Utrecht following reports about an exhibition on people’s attitudes toward money.

In the exhibition, there are cardboard characters from 50 different locations including writing on what their currencies mean to them.

“The first character one sees upon entering the room is of a kaffiyeh-wearing Sami Issa from Israel, or Palestine, standing near a mock Arabic shop,” a disgruntled visitor told Haaretz.

Issa describes old paper notes, which he calls “real Palestinian money,” which “prove that Palestine existed.” He then argues the money was replaced with notes with Hebrew text, constituting “the theft of Palestinian identity.”

In a complaint letter to the museum, CIDI founder Ronny Naftaniel said he was “appalled” by the Museum’s “departure from factual truth.”

Naftaniel also wrote that from 1900 to 1948, Arabs and Jews in the Land of Israel used Ottoman, Egyptian and British money, but never “Palestinian money.”

Claiming otherwise, Naftaniel said, “gives the impression that an independent Palestinian state had existed before the birth of the State of Israel. The display goes on to reinforce this impression by saying the identity of that non-existent state was stolen.”

“The politically motivated and historically unfounded text in the exhibition is not appropriate for any museum aspiring to be a relevant source for monetary history,” Naftaniel said yesterday. The museum has not replied to his letter.

Again, the Jew hatred in Europe occurs across the society, high and low. It is vile.

- Aggie

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Jew Hatred In Holland

Prominent Dutch journalist blames Israel for swine flu

There is a long history of Jews being blamed for causing diseases, going back to the bubonic plague in medieval Europe, through the holocaust, and onto the AIDS epidemic. The Arab world is filled with gross accusations of Jews causing everything from cancer to planters warts. But I bet you thought that incredible ignorance wouldn’t surface in such a civilized society as The Netherlands.

A journalist from Holland who linked Jews to the recent outbreak of flu pandemics drew heavy criticism from a prominent Dutch Jewish organization earlier this week, that claimed her words were tantamount to anti-Semitic blood libels.

Holland’s largest daily, De Telegraf last week printed an interview with Désirée Röver, 61, who proposed the bird flu pandemic, caused by the virus H5N1, was part of an international conspiracy to reduce the world’s population.

Röver is quoted as saying the conspiracy can be traced back to a group of descendants of the Khazars, a nation from the Caucasus believed to have converted to Judaism 1,200 years ago.

De Telegraaf quotes her as saying that these descendants are now “praying to another god; Lucifer, Satan, or however you want to call him” and “are called Rockefeller, Rothschild, Brezinski and Kissinger.”

Let that sink in. She is combining several anti-Semitic libels in just a couple of sentences. Jew-as-Satan began in the Christian church and has never really been put to rest. Jew as disease spreader is only slightly more recent.

What’s to be done about this? Probably nothing.

Dutch law stipulates that only people with malicious intent can be convicted of inciting hatred or anti-Semitism

I suppose the idea of a well-respected journalist spreading hate that has caused millions and millions of murders, not only in the holocaust period, but before and since, couldn’t be labeled malicious. Could it?

Interesting fact: Jews from Holland had the lowest survival rate of any western European nation during WWII. That’s because their neighbors turned them over to the Gestapo in greater numbers than Jews living in out countries. Yes, they’re liberal. You can get high there. But that doesn’t mean that they are nice people.

- Aggie

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When Presenting Facts, These Facts Must Be In Agreement With The Truth

Dutch Group, “Peace” Hates Israel. And the Dutch courts have ordered them to stop the lying

I’m surprised the courts took a principled stand.

A major Dutch promoter of boycotts against Israel was last week rebuked for misleading consumers by spreading messages which run “contrary to the truth,” according to a precedent ruling by Holland’s national advertising board.

The Advertising Code Committee recommended on Tuesday that the Amsterdam-based organization Peace – which describes itself as a consumer group – cease its current campaign against the sale of Israeli products.

Peace’s activities came under the committee’s scrutiny following a complaint by the Israel Products Center, a Netherlands-based online store specializing in Israeli goods. In February the center’s managers complained that a flier which Peace has been circulating has damaged them by targeting their livelihood and brand.

The flyer was circulated inside national and local newspapers. It called for a boycott of Israeli products from the West Bank, but also told readers about “wholesale fraud using false papers and labels” concerning the origin of Israeli products.

Critics of Peace’s campaign said that in so doing, Peace was in fact calling for a boycott of all Israeli products. The advertising committee found the campaign created the false impression that the Israel Products Center was engaged in illegal activity. Furthermore, the committee said Peace misled readers by suggesting that the sale of products from the West Bank was illegal.

Acknowledging Peace’s freedom of expression, the committee said that “when presenting facts, these facts must be in agreement with the truth.”

Wow. Let’s read that sentence again: When presenting facts, these facts must be in agreement with the truth.

Stunning, isn’t it? I wonder if we could make a bumper sticker that says that with Obama’s face on it, the Little Obama Plate Face? I think that those of us in Bloodthirstan, whether in mind or body, should memorize this and use it in our daily struggles with the forces of group-think.

- Aggie


Women’s Rights In Britain

I wonder if newspapers will be allowed to publish stories like this in a year or two?

Multiculturalism, the respect for the “other” is an important concept, but like everything else that human beings get their hands on, ir can be abused to the point of becoming the opposite of the original meaning. Here is a story about Britain, the daughter of an imam, and the threat against her life because she converted to Christianity.

My imam father came after me with an axe
Hannah Shah had been raped by her father and faced a forced marriage. She fled, became a Christian and now fears for her life

We are all too familiar with the persecution of Christians in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Yet sitting in front of me is a British woman whose life has been threatened in this country solely because she is a Christian. Indeed, so real is the threat that the book she has written about her experiences has had to appear under an assumed name.

The book is called The Imam’s Daughter because “Hannah Shah” is just that: the daughter of an imam in one of the tight-knit Deobandi Muslim Pakistani communities in the north of England. Her father emigrated to this country from rural Pakistan some time in the 1960s and is, apparently, a highly respected local figure.

He is also an incestuous child abuser, repeatedly raping his daughter from the age of five until she was 15, ostensibly as part of her punishment for being “disobedient”. At the age of 16 she fled her family to avoid the forced marriage they had planned for her in Pakistan. A much, much greater affront to “honour” in her family’s eyes, however, was the fact that she then became a Christian – an apostate. The Koran is explicit that apostasy is punishable by death; thus it was that her father the imam led a 40-strong gang – in the middle of a British city – to find and kill her.

Hannah Shah says her story is not unique – that there are many other girls in British Muslim families who are oppressed and married off against their will, or who have secretly become Christians but are too afraid to speak out. She wants their voices to be heard and for Britain, the land of her birth, to realise the hidden misery of these women.

Hannah’s own voice is quiet and emerges from a tiny frame. She is clearly nervous about talking to a journalist and the stress she has been under is betrayed by a bald patch on the left side of her head. Yet she has a lovely natural smile, especially when she reveals that she got married a year ago; her husband works in the Church of England, “though not as a vicar”.

Note to Hanah: The Church of England is not really your friend. I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that’s the truth. The head pooh-bah of the Church of England, Archbishop Rowan or something, has called for sha’aria to be imposed in Muslim communities in England. The laws of sha’aria would not look favorably on your case. But I understand the desperation that you must feel and why you fled to the Church of England. Still, they don’t have such a great history when it comes to human rights. (see Church of England, Nazi era).

There’s a long interview with the poor soul. Here’s a taste:

I tell Hannah that the passages in her memoir about her sexual abuse are almost impossible to read – but I also found it hard to understand why, now that she is in her early thirties, independent and married, she has not reported her father’s horrific assaults on her to the police.

“What has stopped me is that if my dad went to prison, the shame that would be brought upon the rest of the family would be horrific. My mum would not be able to . . . I mean, it’s bad enough having a daughter who’s left, is not agreeing to her marriage and is now a Christian. Then to have my dad in prison would be the end for her.”

I tell Hannah, perhaps a little cruelly, that in her use of the word “shame” she is echoing the sort of arguments that her own family had used against her.

“I understand that, but what I’m saying is that if I do that, then there will never be a door open to me to have contact with my family ever again. I’m still hoping that there will be some opportunity for that.”

I feel bad for her. She doesn’t have any friends. As the the theory of multiculturalism runs up against the fact of the abusive behavior towards women and girls in parts of that community, the theory will win. Hanah will eventually have to leave Britain, just as Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to flee The Netherlands. And she was an MP. It didn’t make a particle of difference.

- Aggie

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