Far-right website lists 'Dutch Jews' and 'enemies of the people'

Far-right website lists ‘Dutch Jews’ and ‘enemies of the people’

The Jewish information centre CIDI is demanding a list of Jewish Dutch people be taken off an extreme right-wing website immediately. The website Altrechts.com includes a list of 'Jews and part-Jews' and a page which 'attempts to quantify the influence of Jews in the Netherlands and Belgium. CIDI says the website is extremely worrying. 'We don't have to explain what violent anti-semites can dowith such a list,' the organisation says on its website. It is unclear who is behind the website which is registered via a Panama server with identity protection. The website, which was offline on Friday afternoon because of a system overload, describes Jews as 'alien organisms'. Another website section lists 'enemies of the people' which it describes as 'Marxists, feminists and homosexuals'. The list also claims to include the names of people who signed a petition calling for the abolition of Zwarte Piet. Internet discrimination hotline MIND told the NRC it has received several complaints about the website and that the public prosecution department is also investigating.  More >

Utrecht hopes to launch welfare experiment

Far-right website lists ‘Dutch Jews’ and ‘enemies of the people’ Utrecht city council hopes to launch an experiment in which a group of welfare benefit claimants will face fewer rules, broadcaster RTL Z said on Friday. The plan has not yet been approved by the social affairs ministry, but if it gets the green light, a select group of claimants will no longer be required to apply for jobs on a weekly basis. City alderman Victor Everhardt says the current system is based on mistrust. ‘We have to ask if such a system of controls is the most effective way to stimulate welfare claimants to get a job,’ he said. ‘What happens if scrap rules and we leave the initiative up to them?’ If approved, the experiment will run for two years and involve a group of between 500 and 1,000 people, who will be selected by lottery. Several other local authorities in the Netherlands are considering similar experiments. Basic income In January, the social affairs minister torpedoed hopes by the Zeeland town of Terneuzen to become the first in the country to experiment with a basic income. Town councillors wanted to give 20 people currently living on welfare payments a monthly income of €933 with no strings attached. But the ministry said that the experiment could not go ahead as planned because the people who would have received the money do not have to do anything in return, and this is against the law. Wageningen, Tilburg, Nijmegen and Groningen are also keen to experiment with basic incomes. Last year, the government agreed to give more leeway for experiments with different forms of income and welfare benefits.  More >

Church suspends second pastor after abuse

Far-right website lists ‘Dutch Jews’ and ‘enemies of the people’ The Old Catholic church in the Netherlands has suspended a second pastor involved in a child abuse scandal, this time involving a retired priest who abused a young teenage boy in the 1970s. Earlier this month the church suspended a pastor who was arrested in Cambodia and charged with taking photographs of boys and possessing child pornography. It later transpired church officials were aware of his sexual tendencies but allowed him to continue as a priest on condition he was monitored closely. In the new case, a 58-year-old social worker from Amsterdam told the Volkskrant that he had been groomed and abused by the pastor while under his care. Despite his complaint against the man, first made two years ago, the pastor was not suspended. Instead he was banned from having contact with children. Bishop Dirk-Jan Schoon has now announced the church recognises not enough was done about the complaint two years ago and that the pastor has now been suspended. Schoon also urged other victims to come forward. The term Old Catholic church dates from the 1850s when it was used by groups which did not agree with the Roman Catholic church.  More >

Dutch police hunt missing American teen

Police hunt missing American teen who flew to Schiphol ‘for love’ Dutch police said on Friday they had received 25 tips about the missing American teenager who flew to Amsterdam on April 1 and has since vanished. ‘We have no idea where she is and the investigation is in full swing,’ a police spokeswoman told broadcaster NOS. The FBI and Interpol are involved in the hunt for the 16-year-old. Maggie Lee left her home in Springfield Tennessee with her passport and is now known to have boarded a plane for the Netherlands. The Dutch police website says she is half Korean, half white and suffers from acne. She may also be going by the name Sandra Lee. Her mother Sabrina, who is now in the Netherlands, says the girl may have fallen in love, possibly with someone in The Hague whom she met via Facebook. According to local broadcaster Omroep West, she had been involved in an online chat with someone from The Hague shortly before leaving. The girl also tried to fly to the Netherlands in February but was stopped by police at Nashville airport. ‘I think she is in love and that she believes if she is here, she will be in a sort of paradise where you don’t have to go to school,’ Sabrina Lee told Omroep West. After the February escapade, ‘I told her how dangerous doing something like this to chat to someone of Facebook and what can happen. And I thought she understood me,’ Sabrina said. It is unclear how a 16-year-old American girl was able to enter the Netherlands without any flags being raised.  More >

VVD chairman under fire over crematoriums

VVD chairman under fire over crematorium deal conflict of interest The chairman of the right-wing Liberal party VVD is under fire for his involvement in a controversial million euro crematorium deal. Henry Keizer took over the commercial arm of the Dutch crematorium association in 2012 for €12.5m, even though the company had been valued at €31.5m. At the time, he was also an advisor to the association, website Follow the Money revealed last week. But it now transpires that Keizer is also chairman of the association and this allows him to control what information about the 2012 deal is made public. Legal experts told the Volkskrant Keizer cannot run a company which operates seven crematoria while at the same time chairing the association, because the association's statutes make this impossible. 'It is very odd that he is running the show,' law professor Tymen van der Ploeg told the paper. 'His appointment is void. The board must take action.' A spokesman for Keizer told the paper that there is no conflict of interest because Keizer is not primarily involved in running crematoria. Keizer himself told a selected group of journalists on Friday that he had acted with 'complete integrity'. Follow the Money, which broke the story, was refused access to the meeting. The VVD has also decided not to refer the claims to its integrity committee.  More >