A new legal proceeding against PVV leader Geert Wilders will be brought before the court in The Hague on October 31.
Why? In 2014 he asked a group of the party’s sympathizers: “What do we want, more or less Moroccans?” The crowd shouted: “Less Moroccans.” This response had a stereotypical element because it referred to Moroccans in general.
There is a disproportionately large number of Moroccans among suspects of criminality in the Netherlands in comparison with their two percent share in the population. Yet it is wrong to blame all Moroccans or hold them responsible for the attitudes of these individuals. Suggesting this, as the shouting seemed to indicate, expresses an ethnically racist opinion.
There are, however, more aspects to the context of this process than meet the eye. Some of these facets also indirectly relate to matters concerning Jews.