Pro-ji­had march in Hol­land

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY TOBY AX­EL­ROD

THE SI­MON Wiesen­thal Cen­tre has urged Hol­land to ban the Is­lamic State (IS) af­ter it emerged that a rally or­gan­ised by sup­port­ers of the ji­hadi group took place in The Hague ear­lier this month.

In a let­ter to Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte, Shi­mon Sa­muels — the cen­tre’s di­rec­tor for in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions — said a group pre­sent­ing it­self as IS openly called for the mur­der of Jews dur­ing a march on July 4.

Mr Sa­muels told the JC he had not yet re­ceived a re­ply to his let­ter call­ing for IS the group be barred from Hol­land.

Mr Sa­muels said he was shocked by a video of the demon­stra­tion which was filmed and dis­trib­uted by the om­roep­west.nl web­site.

He likened the group’s views to those of the per­pe­tra­tors of the mur­ders at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March 2012 and at the Brussels Jewish Mu­seum ear­lier this year.

“Un­less ji­hadism in your coun­try is to­tally quashed, Dutch re­turnees from their Syr­ian bap­tism of fire and ji­hadist web­sites at home will men­ace Jews, Mus­lims and all other cit­i­zens of the Nether­lands,” Mr Sa­muels wrote.

Mr Sa­muels also crit­i­cised Hague Mayor Jozias van Aart­sen for au­tho­ris­ing the march.

A spokesman for the mayor said: “Dutch law states that the mayor may im­pose a re­stric­tion to the demon­stra­tion only in very ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances… The law thus pro­tects free­dom of speech and free­dom of demon­stra­tion. Pro­hibit­ing demon­stra­tions is some­thing for a dic­ta­tor­ship.”

Isis sup­port­ers in The Hague

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