AIVD checks Muslim funding
19 October 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Dutch intelligence and information service AIVD frequently checks the destination of funding provided to Muslim organisations, it emerged in a parliamentary debate late Thursday.
19 October 2007
AMSTERDAM - The Dutch intelligence and information service AIVD frequently checks the destination of funding provided to Muslim organisations, it emerged in a parliamentary debate late Thursday.
Interior Minister Guusje Ter Hors said the government wanted to ensure the Dutch government did not support any organisation involved in fundamentalist or terrorist activities. She was speaking during a debate about an AIVD report on the increasing number of non-violent radical Muslims in the Netherlands.
She indicated the government relied on AIVD information and recommendations in order to decide whether to provide funding to certain Muslim organisations. Investigations into Muslim organisations were made on an ongoing basis and special investigations were sometimes also commissioned directly by the government, she said. "Our principle is to ask assistance from the AIVD if we are not sure about the nature of a certain organisation," Ter Horst said.
The AIVD also provided blacklists of fundamentalist and radical Muslim organisations to municipalities, so they knew which organisations not to support.
The VVD said it backed stopping all government funding to youth centres which work with fundamentalist Muslim preachers and teachers.
The October 9 AIVD report discussed in parliament said there were 15 to 20 Salafist preachers in the Netherlands, active in 30 to 35 mosques and youth centres. Another 20 Salafist preachers were currently in training. Salafism is a radical and ultra-orthodox movement in Islam.
The report, which said radical Islam was on the rise in the Netherlands, spoke of an "extremely intolerant and anti-democratic" movement. According to the AIVD, the radical message of Salafist Muslims appealed to some 20,000 to 30,000 of the Netherlands' 1 million Muslims.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news