Category Archives: Netherlands

Newcomer Euroskeptic, anti-migrant party jumps to 2nd spot in Dutch polls

The support for the Forum for Democracy (FVD) has increased more than 8 percent since last year’s election in the Netherlands, with the new party that wants an EU membership referendum now sharing second spot in the polls.

The FVD was founded in 2016 and received just 1.8 percent or two parliament seats in the general election last March. However, its popularity has been on the rise since then, according to a fresh survey by Dutch pollster,


Dutch woman, a Muslim convert, arrested in Turkey on terrorism charges

A 24-year-old Dutch woman from Apeldoorn has been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links with the terrorist organisation IS.

The woman, whose identity is being kept secret by the foreign affairs ministry but was named as Xaviera Rose-Claire Swagemakers by Turkish media, was arrested during an operation in the southeast of the country, Turkish security service sources said.

According to one website 14 people were arrested in total. Swagemakers, who has been included on the Dutch terrorism watchlist since 2016, is suspected of entering Turkey from Syria.


Netherlands: Mohammed is Most Popular Name For Newborn Boys, Dutch Media Covered it Up

Dutch mainstream media reported that Noah was the most popular baby name for boys in the Netherlands, but a little digging turned out a different finding.

The name Noah was putatively considered the most popular boy’s name for 2017, having been given to 635 new-born boys in the Netherlands. But as VoE reports, a journalist from broadcaster Powned did some research into the database, however, and noticed that another name, a non-traditional Dutch name, was slightly more prevalent.


Dutch anti-Islam group to march on anniversary of anti-Nazi strike

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — An anti-Islam group in the Netherlands announced plans for a march on the anniversary of a famed anti-Nazi protest.

The Feb. 25 march by Pegida is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam on the 77th anniversary of the so-called February Strike — a rare act of disobedience under the Nazi occupation called by the then illegal Dutch Communist Party. Amsterdam dockworkers went on strike in solidarity with 425 Jews arrested by the Germans and deported to Austria’s Mauthausen concentration camp.

Seems an appropriate choice of date.


Europe’s Tolerance for Terrorists

Saleh Ali was one of 64,000 Syrian refugees living in the Netherlands. The vast majority, like Ali, are young men. And the largest number of these migrants spend their days idling in Amsterdam.

On Thursday morning, Saleh Ali took a walk to trendy Amstelveenseweg while wearing a keffiyah and waving a terrorist PLO flag. He stopped in front of a Jewish restaurant, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and began smashing the windows. The Amsterdam police stood by and watched quizzically until he was done. Then when he entered the restaurant, they finally called him out and arrested him.

And in two days he was back on the street.


“A trained combatant willing to die a martyr”, says police investigation of Syrian migrant vandalising Dutch Jewish restaurant

The Dutch weblog GeenStijl reports that an anonymous source close to the police investigation has confirmed that the migrant who was recorded while vandalising a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam, is Saleh Ali, born in Damascus, Syria, in 1988. Ali, who has been living in The Netherlands “for some time”, was released just 1,5 day after his acts, because he was merely indicted for vandalism, not terrorism.

According to the police investigation, the man has taken part in “the armed struggle” and claims to have fought against Islamic State under the banner of “multiple factions“.

h/t Marvin


How Antifa snowflakes and black panthers destroyed a Dutch children’s feast

A large majority of children love the Saint-Nicholas feast and look forward to it for weeks. However, with the increasing cultural diversity of the Netherlands, opposition and criticism of it grows. A small minority of black people fuelled by ‘Antifa snowflakes’ have a problem with the fact that Saint-Nicolas’s helpers are dressed up with “blackface”. According to them it is racist and has a strong connection with slavery.


Moment police officers fire warning shot at a knifeman after he ‘shouted Allahu Akbar’ before wrestling him to the ground in Holland

This is the moment police officers fired a warning shot at a knifeman who allegedly shouted Allahu Akbar after threatening several passers-by.

The tense situation started yesterday morning in Urk, a traditional fishing town in the heart of the Netherlands, when he entered a petrol station at around 8.30am looking confused.

He then ran outside and threatened passers-by whilst shouting the Arabic phrase which translates to ‘God is greatest’, according to witnesses.


Amsterdam to install several anti-terror barriers near its tourist hotspots

Some of the locations where the barriers are placed are “Het Rokin”, “De Dam” and near the “Heineken experience”, a tourist attraction. During big events like the Amsterdam marathon there are already several temporary anti-terror measures. A video emerged that showed how one of Amsterdam’s stations was barricaded by large concrete blocks or as some call it ‘Merkel Lego’.