Dutch news in brief, 23 November 2004

23rd November 2004, Comments 0 comments

Imam adds to handshake row, Tilburg imam Ahmad Salam has refused to back down from his conviction that his religious beliefs prevent him from shaking hands with a woman. He made headlines when he refused to shake hands with Dutch Integration and Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk at the start of a meeting between the minister and imams at the weekend. Salam told a press conference on Tuesday he believed a man could refuse to shake a woman's hand in order to "prevent temptation". He said he was willing to di

Imam adds to handshake row

Tilburg imam Ahmad Salam has refused to back down from his conviction that his religious beliefs prevent him from shaking hands with a woman. He made headlines when he refused to shake hands with Dutch Integration and Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk at the start of a meeting between the minister and imams at the weekend. Salam told a press conference on Tuesday he believed a man could refuse to shake a woman's hand in order to "prevent temptation". He said he was willing to discuss the issue of integration but added: "it seems as if integration for the minister leads to people outside Islam telling Muslims how to practise their faith".

Woman sets herself on fire

A woman set herself on fire in a shop in the Dutch city Zutphen on Tuesday. She was admitted in a serious condition to the special burns unit in Beverwijk. RTL Nieuws reported the police believe she was having relationship problems.

Tighter controls sought for air fresheners

The Dutch consumer lobby group Consumentenbond has called on Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst to introduce tighter controls on the sales of air fresheners. The European Consumer body BEUC conducted research which indicated that scented candles and other air fresheners often contain high concentrations of carcinogenic substances. Currently, manufacturers are not obliged to remove these ingredients and they are not liable for injuries caused by them, the report said.

Dutch write off Iraqi debt

The Netherlands has announced EUR 196 million of debt owed by Iraq will be written off as part of the agreement signed by the Paris Club. Member of the group have agreed to forgive 80 percent of Iraq's debts in a bid to help the country back on its feet. The deal cuts the war-torn country's debts from EUR 38.9 billion to EUR 7.8 billion.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

0 Comments To This Article