"A'dam too slow to tackle radicalism"

7th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The city council of Amsterdam should be making more haste in tackling the radicalisation of youth, says the Labour PvdA faction in the Amsterdam council.

7 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The city council of Amsterdam should be making more haste in tackling the radicalisation of youth, says the Labour PvdA faction in the Amsterdam council.

A spokesperson for the party confirmed to the Telegraaf on Tuesday that the faction feels the city is not dealing with the problem quickly enough.

The city executive set aside about EUR 1.3 million at the end of last year for efforts to stop Muslim youth from turning to extreme movements in Islam. No concrete plans have yet materialised. "It is taking a long time," says the spokesperson.

The PvdA has drawn up a discussion memo listing a series of possible measures to address radicalisation. The measures come from an action plan that the city district of Slotervaart drew up earlier this year to prevent Muslim youth from espousing more extreme ideas.

The party suggests giving youth who show signs of becoming more radical lessons in Dutch standards and values. The PvdA also thinks a community service requirement in which youth perform service in places like homes for the elderly could be a good idea.

The spokesperson stressed that the proposals are primarily aimed at sparking discussion. The council should come with its own plan by the end of October at the latest, the PvdA says. Implementation of the plan should begin before the end of the year.

Amsterdam set aside EUR 1.3 million at the end of last year in response to the publication of a study by the University of Amsterdam which indicated that 2 percent of the Muslims in the capital are susceptible to becoming more radical.

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