Dutch Jewish Writer Refuses to Pay Taxes in Protest of EU Aid to Egypt
by Max Elstein Keisler
A Dutch writer has declared that he will not pay taxes in protest of his country’s financial support of Egypt.
Leon de Winter, who is Jewish, wrote in a recent editorial that he was disgusted by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s comments that Jews are the “descendants of apes and pigs,” a common antisemitic Islamic trope. Winter described Morsi as “a seasoned anti-Semite, the leader of a religious-political group that cannot be described as anything other than an Islamic-fascist movement.”
Morsi made the comment in a 2010 interview with Al-Quds TV. The video of the interview has recently drawn attention because of its translation into English. In the video Morsi is quoted as saying, “Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs. ”
Winter wrote that “Morsi is often very clear when he speaks in Arabic and not with President Obama on the phone.” As long as the Dutch government is providing aid to Egypt, Winter refuses to pay his taxes. “Writs and bailiffs may be the result of my refusal,” he said. “So be it. The shame is not in my refusal, the shame is with our political elites who shut their eyes to the sick ideas of Islamism. We finance a movement in Egypt that dreams of the death of the Jews and the downfall of the West.”