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July 27, 2016 6:12 am

Dutch-Israeli Group: Netherlands Must Condemn, Cease Funding Palestinian Media Honoring Terrorists as ‘Martyrs’

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The Dutch government refused to condemn Palestinian media references to terrorists as “martyrs,” claiming such labels are protected by freedom of speech, a Dutch-Israeli political group claimed on Tuesday.

According to a statement by Likud Netherlands, the Dutch government was asked by the group whether it agrees with Palestinian news agency Ma’an’s referring to the terrorist who stabbed to death 13-year-old Hallel Ariel in her Kiryat Arba home as an “Islamic martyr.”

The question was posed to the government due to its previous funding of the news agency by the Dutch Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.  

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In a response to Likud Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs defended its support of Ma’an — which it said “adds to the awareness of human rights of the Palestinian population” — as a form of  promoting “media pluralism” and a “part of the freedom of expression.”

“I understand your worry surrounding the use of the word ‘shahid’ (martyr). Different interpretations of this word, however, are possible, which makes this discussion difficult,” the ministry wrote in a Dutch-language statement and translated by The Algemeiner.

Calling to mind the expression, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” the Ministry stated: “Through Palestinian eyes, this word is considered for somebody who perished in the fight for ‘the Palestinian struggle’ and ending the Israeli occupation.”

Calling the 10-month surge in terrorism against Israelis as “unfortunate,” the ministry said that attacks by individual Palestinian terrorists are violent incidents “in opposition to the occupation,” adding, “Use of the word ‘shahid’ in this localized context is not unusual.”

In response, Likud Netherlands slammed the government, writing that “it considers this glorification of violence no reason not to give more ‘development help’ to Ma’an, because it said that this is a good method to promote ‘human rights’ and to achieve the desired ‘diversity’ in Palestinian media.”

“Is it not wrong that in the last year, dozens of innocent Israeli civilians — including children — were killed by this kind of incitement, supported with Dutch tax money?” the group asked.

Likud Netherlands said the Dutch government has “no problem in subsidization [sic] this glorification at a time when the radical Islamic terror has already reached Europe and now even the French Riviera.”

Palestinian media and leadership have repeatedly hailed terrorists killed while committing attacks as “martyrs” for the Palestinian cause. In June, following the murder of Ariel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian leadership “to clearly and unequivocally condemn this vicious murder and take immediate action to stop the incitement.”

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  • Marc Wiche

    Dear fellow dutch citizen. You are probably also very proud about the murder of 90!!! Percent of dutch jews in holland during the second ww. Proud about the theft and plunder of these more than 100.000 killed jews. So proud that you decided that after this murder was not completed you will put the remaining 10% surviving jews and their offspring under abnormal hypocrytic scrutiny in order to satisfy your dented mischieved paternalistic colonial sense of justice and fake human rights. Wel my friend I got news for you. “Those who will curse you will you be cursed” and for the remaining dutch citizens who keep on thinking and follow real justice “those who will bless you will be blessed”.

  • @mayflower: which theft of land?

  • Harold Moskowitz

    You can be assured that if the Israeli government called Muslims apes, pigs and dogs like they call the jews, the Danes would not say it was freedom of expression. Nor would it say so to Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigration in the meantime. Guess freedom of expression only applies when they express the intention to kill Jews.

  • mayflower

    As a Dutch citizen, I am proud of my government, not to bow for this Likud club trying to frame events in the middle-east. The Palestinian issue has nothing to do with muslim-extremism, it is about the rights of the Palestinian people and the theft of land.

    • Marc Wich

      Dear fellow dutch citizen. You are probably also very proud about the murder of 90!!! Percent of dutch jews in holland during the second ww. Proud about the theft and plunder of these more than 100.000 killed jews. So proud that you decided that after this murder was not completed you will put the remaining 10% surviving jews and their offspring under abnormal hypocrytic scrutiny in order to satisfy your dented mischieved paternalistic colonial sense of justice and fake human rights. Wel my friend I got news for you. “Those who will curse will you be cursed” and for the remaining dutch citizens who keep on thinking and follow real justice “those who will bless you will be blessed”.

    • if you were a true “mayflower”, you would be on the boat to TRUMP land instead of spouting your (gepolderde) biased opinion that someone “frames” so called events in the Middle East, nobody but Muslims create these terror events, Jews do not slit throats etc.
      Visit the Church in France and weep instead of moaning, you ignoramus.

  • The Dutch Government quietly acquiesces with Arab terrorists in the hope to spare Amsterdam from Islamic terrorism.It is well known in European Intelligence circles that a large group of active and often illegal supporters of Islamic and Turkish terrorism lives in Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

    Mr.Aboutaleb the mayor of Rotterdam will be chosen next to become the PVDA political party leader and so this major socialist labour party can show that The Netherlands is not biased and does not practize discrimination.
    Recently an active Hamas fundraiser attended a Pro Erdogan rally in the Netherlands, according to newspaper sources and pictures.

    The Dutch Governments in the past have shown on more than one occasion to be very ANTI-Jewish in spite of their heinous Holocaust history, in order to “prove” their phony impartiality.

    Prominent near weekly displays on the Amsterdam City Center Dam square of the anti-Israel boycott movement and its propaganda by pro Palestinian left wing fascists groups is “condoned” under the guise of free speech!
    It is really about (dirty and drug) money in the end, about facilitating the laundering of Arab money destined for Islamic terrorism worldwide.

  • William McCoy

    I am so ashamed of these yelly fish politicians in the Netherlands it is painfull to observe these hypokrits .

  • From Holland I can only say that I’m ashamed of my country and of the EU (although I hardly feel any connection with this monstruous entity). We have been financing terror in Israel and now we are a getting a taste of what terror and barbarism actually is. Luckily we have the Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders which I proudly represent in the province of Groningen. Israel is awesome and inspiring!

  • Michael Jacobs

    Even after the Arab ‘struggle’ has already reached Belgium, France and Germany the Dutch government still hopes that by supporting the Arab ‘struggle’ against the Jews in Israel, the Netherlands will be spared. 🙁

  • Vivian Catharina Seitzinger

    I am a dutch woman and very ashamed off our goverment. It makes me sick to my stomack to see how our goverment uses our taxmoney to provide the Palestinian media and terrorisme.

  • Ted U.

    The Scandanavians have repeatedly “supported” the Palestinian cause. They are liberal in their thinking and it will cost them dearly in the future. Remember that it always starts with the Jews.

  • Karen Heward

    As a Dutch citizen I am so ashamed and astonished to take notice of this article. I nearly fell of my chair while reading this. I never knew that my tax payment is supporting this CROOKED news agency Ma’an. Incredible!! The Dutch ministry can expect my letter.
    So far it has been very quite in Holland concerning Islamic terrorism. Sad to say, but it will soon be the case also here. I always defend Israel where ever I go and will continue to do this. Now moreover that I lately got to know about my Jewish Heritage.
    ” Am Yisrael Chai “

  • Against the politically correct a law abiding Dutch no argument can win.

    In WW2 they were only abiding the law in helping the Nazi’s rounding up the Jews. Nobody can accuse them of killing them.

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