Mosque reports Wilders to police over cartoons
8 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The management of El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam has reported Independent conservative MP Geert Wilders to the police on Tuesday for alleged blasphemy for publishing the cartoons of Mohammed on his website.
8 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The management of El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam has reported Independent conservative MP Geert Wilders to the police on Tuesday for alleged blasphemy for publishing the cartoons of Mohammed on his website.
"The board of the [mosque] foundation is very aggrieved, offended and insulted," El Tawheed's lawyer Ad Westendorp said.
"Due to the shocking events in the Middle East in reaction to the publication of the caricatures, Wilders knew what this would stir up among Muslims," Westendorp said.
The board indicated it was concerned about the situation in the Netherlands. El Tawheed, the lawyer said, felt the publication of the cartoons by Wilders was not in the interest of Dutch society.
"Fortunately it is peaceful here. The management feels, therefore, that Wilders wants to use the publication of the caricatures as a vehicle to bring about a change in this," Westendorp said. "The board does not think this is prudent."
On Sunday pro-Israel group CIDI reported the Dutch branch of the Arab European League (AEL) to the authorities for publishing two cartoons on its site. One showed Adolf Hitler in bed with Holocaust victim Anne Frank, and the other featured a person doubting the Holocaust actually happened.
CIDI said it understood that Muslims felt offended by the Mohammed cartoons, but it was wrong to hit back by singling out Jews and ridiculing the memory of the Holocaust.
The cartoons were removed from the AEL website by Monday morning.
Wilders, who went into hiding following the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in November 2004, received 40 death threats by email within two days of placing the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on his website.
He said death threats were not new to him but he was shocked by the number he had received over this issue.
El Tawheed has also been in the news in recent years. The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) launched an investigation into the mosque in 2004 for selling two books that allegedly incited hatred and the oppression of women.
The government even discussed how it could deal with the mosque for allegedly preaching hatred against Western society.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news