Plot to Bomb Amsterdam Synagogue — Revealed in Leaked Intelligence Reports — Latest Evidence of Unsafe Environment for Jews, Says Dutch Political Activist
A plot to bomb an Amsterdam synagogue, planned by a Muslim terrorist cell based in the Netherlands — revealed on Thursday in leaked intelligence documents obtained by the Dutch daily De Telegraaf — is simply the latest evidence of the “very unsafe environment for Jews in the country,” a political activist told The Algemeiner.
Awi Cohen, a board member of Likud Netherlands — the Dutch arm of the Israeli Prime Minister’s party, with the self-described mission of speaking out for Jewish rights internationally — was responding to the Dutch Criminal Intelligence Agency (TFI) dossier, which describes a “James Bond-like plan” to attack a Jewish house of worship and a bank, discovered when a regular visitor to the Arrayan Mosque in northern Amsterdam was identified as a member of the group devising the strikes.
The man — referred to in the report as a “Moroccan” with a “great knowledge of Islam” — is one of a number of individuals associated with the mosque whom the TFI suspects of involvement in Islamist radicalization and jihad-related activities.
According to De Telegraaf, the TFI documents also revealed that Aziz Oilkadis, chairman of the board at the Arrayan Mosque, is being followed by intelligence officers and has his phone wiretapped due to concerns that he is in contact with “many radical figures.” A second mosque leader is suspected of being a member of the Holfstad Terror Network, whose founder, Mohammed Bouyeri, is currently serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who produced “Submission,” a documentary about the abuse of women in Islam.
In response to the report, Oilkadis told the Dutch NL Times, “Do I know jihadists? We know so many people, that means nothing.”
According to the De Telegraaf report, the Dutch government held a meeting Thursday to discuss counter-terrorism policies, as some of its members are questioning how jihadists are able to convene and plot attacks in the Netherlands with impunity.
Cohen told The Algemeiner that action by the government is long overdue.
“Because of the large influence of the Left and extreme Left in the Netherlands, the problem [of Islamist terror] is not taken seriously enough,” Cohen said. “They don’t want to acknowledge the problems that come from immigration and ‘multiculturalism,’ and call issues raised about safety ‘islamophobia.'”