Slander complaint after Dutch 'anti-semitism' slur

30th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Dutch pro-Palestinian campaigner Gretta Duisenberg has lodged a complaint against public broadcaster Powned, accusing a reporter of slander.

The reporter, Rutger Castricum, offered Ms Duisenberg flowers for international Palestine Solidarity Day on Monday, telling her "this must be a great day for an antisemite".

Gretta Duisenberg, the widow of European Bank President Wim Duisenberg, is chair of a foundation which wants to see an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

On 1 November Ms Duisenberg also lodged a complaint against Iranian-born Dutch columnist and law professor, Afshin Ellian, who wrote on his weblog, "there is Gretta again, our unashamed antisemite". Ms Duisenberg said, "I'm not an antisemite. The messenger is attacked in order to silence the message."

The Dutch Indymedia website says it analysed five of Ms Duisenberg's recent online texts, using criteria developed in 2005 by the European Union. It concluded that, measured by these standards, there is a high concentration of antisemitic content in the campaigner's public utterances.

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