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January 15, 2013 4:41 pm

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

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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.”

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