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Dutch parliament passed motion to limit funding to the PA, based on PMW report and presentation

Emerson Vermaat  |
Muslims in Holland Sympathize
With Former Maoist and Pro-Palestinian Socialist Party

by Emerson Vermaat

Once, the Socialist Party (SP) in Holland, founded in 1972, was openly sympathizing with Maoist China and the brutal former Soviet dictator Stalin. They were still distributing Mao’s and Stalin’s works five years later, in 1977, that is. They broke with China after the Soviet-Chinese rift deepened and the Chinese leadership openly called on Maoist political parties to support the Western alliance of NATO. There are still some remnants of the SP’s Maoist past, for example, the typical Maoist star inside the party symbol (a red tomato). They are also very pro-Palestinian. What is worrying, however, is the fact that the Socialist Party is doing fairly well in the polls, though no longer so well as they did a few weeks ago. They now insist on joining a new coalition government after the parliamentary elections of September 12, 2012.

Joël Voordewind and Kees van der Staaij, two Christian members of parliament in Holland, recently pointed out that there could be a pro-Palestinian majority in parliament after these elections. In the past two years those MP’s who wanted to condemn Israel failed to a reach majority vote on this issue. Especially the Green Leftist Party (GL) and the Socialist Party displayed fanatical opposition to Israel. They invariably introduced motions against Israel knowing that the parliamentary majority would reject them, Van der Staaij pointed out. Instead, parliament adopted a motion that called on the Dutch government to reconsider support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) when they (the PA) sow hatred and glorify violence. However, the government failed to carry out the motion, even though Van der Staaij pointed to a well documented report issued by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an institute that closely monitors anti-Semitic statements and articles in the Palestinian media or by PA clerics. For example, it was last January that PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein called for the killing of Jews quoting Islamic Hadith (tradition). He said, “Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith.” “Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”

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