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Dutch Jewish Writer Refuses to Pay Taxes in Protest of EU Aid to Egypt

January 15, 2013 4:41 pm 5 comments

Dutch writer Leon de Winter. Photo: Wikipedia.

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.”

5 Comments

  • Baruch Goldstein

    Peter, why should it backfire on Israel? The Koran is against the Jews (not Israel).

  • Dear Peter, what is your point? That Israel has to be careful and sensible in their words and actions, in order not to loose dutch aid and assistance? And therefore accept such anti-semitic comments by this islamic-fascist leader of this state that is too scared and too political correct to be in war with Israel but in fact hates everything Israeli and Jewish?
    If we can learn from history, it teaches us to firmly stand and hold on to our own values and believes and make a daily choice in right/wrong and openly utter it.
    Yes, Israel does things the world doesn’t like so much; but unfortunately Israels neighbours are not called Switzerland, Sweden or Canada….

  • It is not up to the individual taxpayer to decide what a government does with the money. Mr. Winter´s action is symbolic and he will pay his taxes eventually

  • The Dutch people gave their lists of Jews to the Nazis to facilitate the slaughter of most Dutch Jews…Why is this writer surprised that the Dutch government supports a sociopath like Moraine who calls Jews “pigs and monkeys”…That is exactly what the Koran calls Jews, and every Muslim follows the Koran.

  • As much as I agree with Mr. Leon de Winters actions, this could eventually backfire if in fact Israel is also a recipient of Duch iad and assistance.

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