At the request of the Freedom Party (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, a debate took place in the Dutch Parliament plenary on the “Moroccan problem.” PVV parliamentarian Joram van Klaveren began by stating that the Netherlands has a “Moroccan problem,” which also touches on Islam.
He mentioned that 65% of Dutch Moroccan male youths have police files. Dutch Moroccans are 22 times more suspect of property crimes accompanied by violence than other Dutchmen. He further stated that anti-Semitism and homophobia are widespread among Moroccans.
Van Klaveren mentioned attacks on bus drivers during work hours, physical harassment of girls in swimming pools, intimidation of Jewish citizens, physical aggression against homosexuals and violence against the handicapped and elderly. He added that anyone could become a victim of Moroccan violence. Even Dutch beaches have been made unsafe by violent Moroccans.
He quoted a Dutch Moroccan imam who had said that 9 out of 10 young Muslims hate Dutchmen. Van Klaveren concluded that all Dutch efforts to solve the problems have failed and that the Labor Party holds major responsibility for this failure. He proposed a number of measures such as: not paying any social security to perpetrators, the regular deployment of policemen with dogs and the denaturalization of perpetrators and their expulsion from the Netherlands.
In the debate which followed, the figures that Van Klaveren mentioned were not contested. Yet there was major opposition to the title of the debate. It was also mentioned that a certain number of Moroccans have succeeded in Dutch society. There was criticism of Van Klaveren’s linking of the integration problems of the Moroccans with Islam. It was also mentioned that Dutch Antilleans who are not Muslims are also highly overrepresented in criminality.
In his reply, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher said that one had to break down the integration problem into a number of categories. One was the responsibility of immigrants and their descendents to learn the Dutch language and to make an effort to study and seek employment.
Another issue concerns education and the fight against criminality. This also includes involving their parents. Thirdly, besides social and economic integration, attention must be placed on cultural integration. The Minister said that he opposed denaturalization and expulsion. He furthermore stated that when creating legislative policies, one should focus on types of problems, rather than on specific ethnic groups.
Arutz Sheva asked Manfred Gerstenfeld, Israeli anti-Semitism expert and author of the best-selling Dutch book, "The Decay: Jews in a Rudderless Netherlands", to comment on the Jewish aspects of this issue:
Gerstenfeld: “This debate has shown the failure of “multi-culturalism” once again. The problems caused by a significant number of non-Western immigrants have been largely neglected by the authorities. They have now come back to haunt the Dutch and other West-Europeans. Yet, however bad the situation is in the Netherlands, it isn’t as bad as in countries where there are “no-go zones” for Westerners – such as in France and Sweden.
"This week, Arutz Sheva published my interview with Netanel S., an ultra-Orthodox Dutch youngster who now lives in Israel. His story is one about harassment in Dutch schools and on Dutch streets. His attackers were mainly Dutch Moroccans. In another interview not yet published in English which I conducted with a former Dutch Muslim young woman, she tells about her student years where among the 150 or 200 Muslims whom she met, only 2 were not anti-Semitic.
"There was also no difference between males and females. The problem existed not only among Moroccans, but among all other Muslim ethnicities. This contradicts the Dutch common “progressive” propaganda that anti-Semitism in Muslim circles is mainly an issue of hooligans and criminals.
"Sadly enough, there are also some Dutch Jews who try to whitewash the extreme misconduct of some Moroccans, or prefer to remain silent about it. One finds a number of them among Jewish members of the Jewish-Moroccan Network Amsterdam. The Dutch-Jewish weekly NIW reported that at a meeting of this organization in 2012, Mostafa Hilali, a major in the Dutch army accused Israel of war crimes.
During that meeting, a Moroccan woman shouted that Israel should not exist. Her outburst was applauded. Amsterdam’s mayor was present. Apparently neither he, nor the Jews present walked out of the meeting. Nor did these few Jews present retort that hate mongering, violence and criminality coming out of large segments of the Islamic world far exceeds that of any other world religion.
"This Jewish silence is a good example of the highly problematic nature of some of these dialogues."
The minister’s answer to the PVV’s criticism shows that there is no short-term solution for the problem. This also means that it could take many years before major improvement as far as anti-Semitism in Dutch Muslim circles can be expected.