Monday, November 08, 2004
Anti-Islamic violence in the Netherlands
In Amsterdam, the murder of Theo van Gogh, a filmmaker and relative of Vincent, has set off a wave of anti-Muslim incidents. From the AP:
Vandals threw red paint Saturday night on an Amsterdam center that assists immigrants, many of them Muslim. Abdou Menebhi, director of the Emcemo center, several blocks from the spot where Van Gogh was killed, told AT5 television he "assumed (the vandalism) was done by a racist group of some kind."Also from the AP:
In the town of Huizen, police arrested two men allegedly trying to start a fire at the An-Nasr mosque Friday night, the national news service NOS reported. A mosque in the city of Breda sustained minor fire damage in another reported arson attempt.
Earlier this week, a small fire was set at a mosque in Utrecht, police said, and a pig's head was left in a plastic bag outside a mosque in Amsterdam.
NOS reported Sunday that pamphlets with the image of a pig and a slur against Muslims were circulating in Rotterdam.
A bombing before dawn Monday blew the front door off a Muslim elementary school in a southern town and extensively damaged the building in what police suspect was a revenge attack for the killing of a Dutch filmmaker last week.These are especially disturbing considering the reputation that the Netherlands has for being a very progressive society.