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The Moroccans That Infuriate the Dutch. By Timon Dias

Who, actually, are the Dutch Moroccans about whom Dutch MP Geert Wilders recently stated: “The fewer, the better”?

During the 1960’s, the Netherlands chose to attract migrant workers to perform low-skilled manual labor. This group included Turks, Spaniards, Portuguese and Moroccans. It was never the original intent of the Dutch government permanently to settle these workers; they were expected to return to their home countries after a few years.

In most instances, they did not. Family reunification laws — derived from the European Treaty of Human Rights article 8: Right to family life — provided that migrant workers had the right to bring their families to the Netherlands and settle in a permanent manner.

Moroccans now number 393,000 (p.37), comprise 2.3% of the Dutch population and are the sixth-largest ethnic minority.

The majority of Dutch Moroccans, descended from migrant workers, ethnically belong to the group of Moroccan Berbers. A minority of Dutch Moroccans are ethnically Arab Moroccans. Only 6.5% of current Dutch Moroccans came as migrant workers; around 49% were born in the Netherlands; the remaining group, nearly half, entered the country as a part of family reunification.

Wilders is now pressing charges against the Dutch Labour Party leader Diederik Samson and Labour Party Chairman Hans Spekman, who said, “Moroccans have an ethnic monopoly on street crime” and “Moroccans that will not abide by the law, must be humiliated in front of their own people.”

Wilders says: “If lady justice is truly blind, she will prosecute all of us or none of us. I hope none of us.”


Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders.

What have these Moroccans done to maneuver both Wilders and even Labour Party leaders Samson and Spekman to such harsh language? The answer is: quite a lot. It is important, however, strongly to emphasize that of course, there are many law abiding, integrated and successful Moroccans; the following is not about them.

At the forefront is the extremely high percentage of involvement of many Dutch Moroccans in criminal activities.

65% of all Moroccan male youths between 12-23 years of age have been detained by police at least once. One third of this group has been detained five or more times. Moroccan criminals are convicted four times more than Dutch suspects.

To illustrate the problem, this video clip (07:38), for instance, depicts a Moroccan street gang that terrorizes the neighborhood and asks pedestrians to pay a toll in order to pass. Its local rap group boasts about its defiance of, and supremacy over, the law — an event all too common in the author’s town of Delft.

Dutch Moroccan street thugs also frequently gang up on isolated girls to rob, harass or hurt them — assaults that are mostly not caught on film and only very rarely reported in English language media, but can, for instance, be seen here (2:40). A detail worth emphasizing is that they always attack non-Muslim girls.

A more recent development is the pending Dutch Moroccan takeover of the drugs and human trafficking businesses.

Many Dutch Moroccan youths also seem to have a tendency toward racism, especially against Jews, and are noticeable for their anti-Semitism. The sociologist Mark Elchardus published a series of studies in 2011 that shows half of all Muslim students, most of them Moroccans, in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent, to be anti-Semitic. Here you can see a Dutch Moroccan, wearing the characteristic imitation-fur collar jacket, proudly stating, “The Jews must be exterminated,” and “When I see them, I immediately want to stab them.” Here(0:50) and here, you can see Moroccans performing a Nazi salute when a Jewish man greets them, while they shout “Jew!” and “Cancer Jew!” The last is a distinctively Dutch form of cursing, highly popular among Dutch Moroccans.

This racism, however, is not always confined to targeting Jews. Two years ago, five Moroccan men assaulted a 26-year-old pregnant Moroccan female, who was walking down the street with her (black) Surinamese partner. The men shouted “Nigger-whore” at her. As a result of the attack, the baby died.

14% (p.67) of all working age Dutch Moroccans live off welfare and have their housing and healthcare heavily subsidized by Dutch taxpayers. Child support checks, payments for special needs children, and survivor benefits are also being paid to adults and children who have a Dutch passport or whose parents have a Dutch passport, even after they have gone back to Morocco and now live there.

Dutch taxpayers also not only continue to cover the social security checks of legally Dutch Moroccans now living in Morocco, but the payments are aligned with the Dutch living standard. Morocco is familiar with poverty and deprivation. There, one Euro is worth 11 Moroccan Dirham. As one might imagine, welfare fraud is not uncommon.

Even though Moroccan street thugs do not behave as devout Muslims and often have little knowledge of their religion and its traditions, they nevertheless strongly identify themselves as Muslims, and often share the political worldview of their Islamist counterparts.

The only authority they seemingly do respect is religious in nature: the imam. The relationship between religious Dutch Moroccans and their criminal non-religious counterparts however, is more complex and less innocent than that.

Highly religious Moroccan youths, however, are not street thugs. As Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has repeatedly stated, they are “no problem at all.”

Related Topics:  Timon Dias

Who are the Victims and Who Are the Victimizers? How Do You Protest if the Protestors are Muslim? By Douglas Murray

The great Western disease of today — there could be quite a competition for that one — is probably denial. Denial now runs right through the Western way of looking at the world. It is just unfortunate for us that it does not run through the rest of the world in the same way.

Take three recent examples, one in America, one in Britain and one absolutely everywhere.

One year ago, two young male immigrants to America — to whom America had given absolutely everything — repaid the favor by planting bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Their victims included an eight year old boy. This atrocity was carried out because the young men had absorbed the grievance culture and violent radicalism of a form of Islam, a strain of thinking that has not gone wholly undocumented in recent years.

Yet from the moment the bombs went off, most of the media tried as hard as possible to avoid the subject. After the whiny early stages (“Let’s Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber Is a White American,” as Salon so beautifully put it) there followed the obfuscation. Had the bomber of the Boston Marathon been someone who, say, had once attended a Tea Party rally, every columnist, and wider society, would be asking how such an atrocious ideology could come up from its wake. Intense scrutiny and introspection would be the order of the day.

The wish of Salon.com columnist David Sirota on April 16, 2013.

But when the perpetrators turned out to be the Tsarnaev brothers, attention not only failed to focus on the kind of milieu from which the brothers had sprung, it actively turned away. So much so that, one year later, when Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a noted critic of the ideology the Tsarnaevs had absorbed, was due to speak and be honored just up the road from the finish line, she was disinvited.

The message underlying Hirsi Ali’s mistreatment can hardly be overstated. One year after the bombs went off, Brandeis authorities were so intent on avoiding the issues those bombs had raised that they would rather point the finger at a critic of the radical ideology than do anything to criticize the ideology. As evidence, take Professor Jytte Klausen, author of a sloppily researched book on the Danish cartoons controversy who not only called for Hirsi Ali’s disinviting, but also took the opportunity to smear her as a woman who wassupposedly a liar and somehow “anti-immigrant.” Incidentally this is the same Professor Klausen whose book was itself subjected to censorship when Yale University Press refused to publish it — a book about cartoons — with images of the cartoons in it. But onwards.

In Britain, The Independent reported the strange case of Andrew Moffat, a schoolteacher in Birmingham and author of “Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools." He felt forced to resign after a group of mainly Muslim parents at Chilwell Croft Academy, in Birmingham, said that they were not happy with their children being taught by a gay man because he might make them think being gay was all right. So off goes Mr. Moffat. Some Christian parents had complained as well. If only there had been more of them. Then everyone would know what to do.

But what to do when the main offense comes from Muslim parents? The answer is simple. Give up. If they had been Christian fundamentalists, all might have been fine. There might have been a celebrity campaign against the “militant” Christians, some protests outside the school, and Mr. Moffat could have remained in place and become a defiant hero. But it was Muslims, so instead he had to go. Because how do you protest if the protesters are Muslims? Who are the victims and who are the victimizers? After all, “victims” cannot victimize, can they? Can they?

All this culture of denial in America and Britain is disturbing. But it is small stuff compared to the greatest form of denial. That is the one which now, strangely, finds itself being spearheaded from America, and has, like some super-blockbuster film, gone global. This is the idea, as the Middle East “peace” talks inexplicably fail to come up with a lasting and durable peace, that the radical opinions of the Palestinian leadership may not be a factor. Is not the Palestinian leadership a viable negotiating partner with whom peace is just about to be achieved?

How many people who read their daily papers know what the Palestinian leadership actually says, or does? How many would even have heard of a routine and commonplace event, such as the recent interview with the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority’s Olympic Committee and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub?

Interviewed on official Palestinian television, Rajoub said that the Palestinians have nothing to lose, because they “live under a racist and fascist occupation.” Asked by the interviewer if he expected things to get worse, he replied, “Sir, we have nothing to lose. What’s worse? Do you think we are living in Sweden and have something to lose? We are living under a racist and fascist occupation. I’m telling you, if Hitler had come [here], he would have learned from them how to oppress humans and learned from them about concentration camps, extermination camps.”

Sometimes it is in America, sometimes in Britain, but always in the rest of the world whenever it considers Israel. Always it is the same strange response: denial. A denial to admit the realities of what is happening worldwide. A denial to face up to the reality that the Palestinian Authority [PA], meant to be the “partner” for peace, seems incapable of giving up on the culture of violence, death and anti-Semitism which has always been its trademark. A denial in the face of the continuous, daily, over-flowing quantity of evidence that, in 2014, the PA seems no closer than their forebears were in 1948 to recognizing the legitimacy of a Jewish state in the historic homeland of the Jewish people. “Surely this can’t still be the case, can it?,” people ask. So they ignore the bombs and the murders, such as that outside Hebron last week, and they ignore the incitement and terrorist-praising by the PA. All of which adds up to an outright denial of that responsibility which simple honesty surely demands — that when we see a global bigotry and hatred such as this, we identify it as such and demand, in the name of all that is decent, that it stop.

Related Topics:  Douglas Murray

Jihad Watch

IrantimenotonsideWhile frenzied crowds shout “Death to America” on a regular basis in Tehran, the U.S. is essentially now financing Iran’s nuclear program. There couldn’t possibly be a downside, now, could there? The Iranians wouldn’t dare nuke Tel Aviv now, because Israel is an ally of the U.S., and the U.S. is their friend, right? (This is how they really think in Washington. To say it bodes ill for the future would be tantamount to saying that Hitler’s ascent to power in Germany might be bad for Jews.)

“U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, April 21:

The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House.
The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550 million on April 10 and another $450 million on April 15. The United States has now released $2.55 billion to Iran since February, when the scheduled cash infusions first began.

The cash releases were contingent upon Iran halting some aspects of its nuclear program and scaling back its stockpiles of highly enriched uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.

In return, Iran was promised these monthly cash infusions from Washington.

While the White House maintains that Iran will receive about $7 billion in economic relief under the interim accord, outside experts calculate that with oil revenues and other business deals Iran could pocket at least $20 billion over the next several months.

Lawmakers remain concerned that the White House continues to release funds as Iran maintains its support for terrorism.

“It’s an outrage that the administration continues to provide massive sanctions relief to Iran, even as the Iranian government maintains its brazen support for terrorism and continues to develop advanced missile and nuclear warhead technologies,” Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.), the House’s chief deputy whip, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Iran’s economy is gradually recovering thanks to the White House’s latest move to unfreeze billions of dollars as a part of the nuclear agreement signed last year, yet we’re no closer to ending Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program.”

“How can this White House justify bolstering Iran’s economy by giving them the one thing they desperately need, while the mullahs continue to violate international obligations and pursue an incredibly dangerous nuclear weapons capability?” Roskam asked.

Japan has paid Iran some $1 billion for crude oil deliveries, adding to concerns that Iran is profiting much more than the White House anticipated.

“Iran is on pace to receive at least three times the amount of sanctions relief than the White House originally predicted,” according to Matan Shamir, research director for the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)….

British Pathe – the world’s leading multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century – has put almost 82,000 films from its archive on YouTube: you can search these using this link.

This robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

Pocket Printer Robot Mobile Printing

Israel-based Zuta Labs has been developing a very interesting product meant to fix the one thing users can’t do on the go, despite the plethora of features smartphones have to offer: printing. The company already has a working prototype, the Zuta Pocket Printer, and is currently looking to raise $400,000 via Kickstarter to make it available to consumers.

The Pocket Printer is basically a tiny robot that measures 10 x 10 x 8 cm that can move around on a page and print documents, which means users that need to print stuff on the go can easily take it with them.

“Print machines now-a-days are essentially a printhead running left and right on a moving piece of paper, Zuta wrote on Kickstarter. “We asked ourselves, why not get rid of the entire device, just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper. By doing so, we allow the printer to really be as little as possible.”

The Pocket Printer comes to a rechargeable battery and can connect to computers and mobile devices via a special Bluetooth protocol for print jobs, without requiring special drivers. The inkjet will last for over 1,000 pages, and the battery is good for over one hour (when fully charged). The robot is smart enough to know when to stop printing, when multiple pages have to be printed.

The company has been working on the Pocket Printer for more than a year, and the first units will ship in January 2015, provided the Kickstarter goal is reached. Currently, the cheapest Pocket Printer cost $180, although the offer is valid for the first 1,000 early birds that submit their pledges.

The Pocket Printer isn’t the only interesting printing solution raising money on Kickstarter, with a new 3D printing project having hit $1 million in pledges in its first day alone.

Arab Israeli wins Israel’s “Master Chef”. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, an Arab-Israeli microbiologist from Baqa al-Gharbiyye won first prize in the fourth season of reality cooking show “Master Chef Israel”.  Dr Atamna-Ismaeel studied in a State school and earned her Ph.D. from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Happy from Gaza: images from a concentration camp