Wilders slams appointment of Moroccan mayor

17th October 2008, Comments 13 comments

Freedom Party leader says appointing Moroccan Ahmed Aboutaleb as Rotterdam mayor is as ridiculous as having a Dutchman become mayor of Mecca.

17 October 2008

AMSTERDAM -- The right-wing leader of Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, on Friday slammed the upcoming appointment of Moroccan Ahmed Aboutaleb as mayor of Rotterdam.

"Appointing a Moroccan as mayor of the second largest Dutch city is just as ridiculous as appointing a Dutchman as mayor of Mecca," he said.

Instead, Wilders said, Aboutaleb "should become mayor of Rabat in Morocco."

"With him as mayor, Rotterdam will be Rabat on the banks of the river Maas. Soon we may even have an imam serving as arch bishop. This is madness."

On Friday, the city council of Rotterdam determined Moroccan-born Muslim Ahmed Aboutaleb will be mayor from 1 January.

The government still has to approve 47-year-old Aboutaleb's appointment, but this is considered a formality.

The Labour politician is the first mayor to be born and raised outside the Netherlands. He is also the first Muslim to become a mayor in the Netherlands.

Aboutaleb was born in Morocco and migrated to the Netherlands at the age of 14. He is currently deputy minister of social affairs, and previously served as an alderman in Amsterdam.

The second largest party in the Rotterdam city council, Leefbaar Rotterdam, responded furiously to development, slamming the fact that Aboutaleb has double nationality, Moroccan and Dutch.

This was supported by the national Freedom Party PVV, whose legislator Fleur Agema announced it would request an emergency debate in parliament about Aboutaleb's likely appointment.

It is the second time in two years Aboutaleb's Moroccan citizenship has caused controversy in Dutch politics.

On his appointment as deputy minister, the Freedom Party also criticised the fact that Aboutaleb held double citizenship, "at the least creating the appearance of double loyalties," legislator Agema said.

Both the national Freedom party and the local Leefbaar Rotterdam advocate a strict immigration policy and harsh measures against crime by migrants.

However, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen (Labour) praised Aboutaleb, calling him "highly capable" - although he criticised fact that Labour now has three mayoral posts of the Netherlands' four biggest cities, while it also occupies a majority in cities of intermediate size.

"Not having any mayor from the largest government party Christian Democrats will complicate receiving national funding for local projects," Cohen said.

Moroccan citizens cannot revoke their citizenship. Even their children born in the Netherlands are automatically Moroccan citizens.

Repeated Dutch attempts to negotiate with Morocco about granting its citizens the right to revoke their Moroccan citizenship have failed.

Some 45 percent of the 582,000 citizens of Rotterdam were not born in the Netherlands or have foreign-born parents.

In Rotterdam, which has a broad range of socio-economic problems, crime involving the migrant community is an ongoing issue that causes tension with Dutch-born citizens.

[dpa / Expatica]

13 Comments To This Article

  • Chris Botha posted:

    on 1st February 2010, 10:40:59 - Reply

    I would just like to support Mr Geerts Wilders on this issue of the Mayor of Rotterdam . This is only but fair and the people and esspesially the Liberals in the Netherlands should catch a wake up and smell the roses . The Muslims is busy working them self's into all the communities in Europe and in the America's to slowly but surely destroy not just our Christian values and believes but also our families cities and towns . Go for it and I do hope that the people will realize what you are trying to accomplish in the Netherlands and that they will support you in all your hard work and efforts to safe the Dutch people from complete destruction and extinction
  • Erdos posted:

    on 20th November 2009, 10:30:21 - Reply

    Wow, a lot of missunderstanding-about-islam coments.
    The logic all of you were the same.. Islam is violent, Jewish is good.. Die palestine, Viva Israel.. F*g media..
    Never generalize what you think you know it, about anything, there is another opposite view out 'there', out of your ordinary mind..
  • tony posted:

    on 25th October 2008, 14:37:49 - Reply

    The dutch get what they deserve, they are anti foreigners now on the streets, they don't know how to differentiate between good foreigners and bad, who are entrenched in their country, and as fast breeders they are aiming to do what their book has been drummed into them 5 times a day, it will not affect you and me, but your future siblings, the truth hurts the silly right ons, so they try to shout you down with hysterical nazism and racism, ostritchs you will get kicked up the arse, the sooner we rid liberals of any power, and get real people in charge the better,
  • James posted:

    on 24th October 2008, 21:30:21 - Reply

    And Geert Wilders is the best man to run the country. Muslims will never integrate, they hold their religion above all man made laws, Western Society and citizens. The over all goal of Islam is to spread Islam throughout the globe. They all read the same racist, sexist, hate filled book, and that makes them all a threat. "Islamic Supremists" is a great way to describe Muslims. Ban Muslim Immigration!
  • Outsider posted:

    on 24th October 2008, 15:45:16 - Reply

    Is he the best man for the job? All this Islam-bashing is irrelevant if the man can do the job better than any other.

    Also, you can't complain that some people don't integrate and then bash them when they do.
  • james posted:

    on 19th October 2008, 21:36:18 - Reply

    The stealth jihad marches on. make way for the Islamic supremacists.......or resist! The best strategy is to expose Islam for what it really is....a totalitarian ideology. And also to expose Mohammed for what he really was...a mass murderer, plunderer, slave owner and pedophile. Morrocans are a pestilence in Holland and they should all be deported.
  • zap12 posted:

    on 19th October 2008, 20:49:14 - Reply

    Slaves, oh my god angel Gabriel, who were the first slave traders, yes, the Arabs (muslims) the smarter ones not these inbred losers that ended up here, hmmm. Also it was the blacks selling the blacks to the colonists. Indonesia, hmm, I think Suharto learnt a few leasons form the Dutchies. Speaking of which my new Nikes are very comfortable!
  • Gabriel posted:

    on 19th October 2008, 13:07:37 - Reply

    At least the Morocans settled via immigration or the then Dutch government brought illiterate immigrants from Morrocan, indonesian villages to do dirty jobs and manual labour. who invited colonialists, imperialists and slave masters. Hey quit moaning, what goes around comes around. Get alive people. The world does not revolve around a bunch of insecure individuals.
  • christopher posted:

    on 18th October 2008, 19:28:15 - Reply

    Lol... I have hard time picking up on sarcasm.
  • zap12 posted:

    on 18th October 2008, 11:00:23 - Reply

    I was being sarcastic. I couldn't agree more with your point of view. Holland is a failed experiment, I see many a developing country with a brighter future. I don't plan on staying and judging by the uptick in emigration many a Dutchie has the same idea. The parasite will kills its host.

  • Christopher posted:

    on 18th October 2008, 01:20:14 - Reply

    Your future is bright for who? The Dutch? I don't think so.

    Islam is an abusive violent religion. You don't need to look to far to figure this one out.

    "have spent years and much public money making them into the finished product they are"

    Oh.. and thats going really well. So the "no-go" areas across the Netherlands for non-muslims, wow what progess. Morrocan crime wave, drug dealings.. etc Wow its going so well. They must really appreciate all you've done for them... Hahaha

    Groenlinks is a group of Muslims and pussy leftist trying to push through Sharia Law in Europe. I'm not that stupid.
    PvdA created a welfare state, WOW good for them. Lets run the country on "hugs and kisses for everyone". Didn't they lose in 2002 because of Pim asking questions they couldn't or didn't want to answer. All they run now is their mouth.

    Morally superior group defending a group incapable of morals. I don't think so, these groups are just naive and stupid.

    The next Nazi's running your country will be the Muslims, but we won't help because you rolled out a red carpet for them. It will be your own fault. But I'm sure your a Muslim so congratualtions your plan is going well, the Dutch will be Dhimmis' paying Jizza soon.
  • zap12 posted:

    on 17th October 2008, 23:45:07 - Reply

    Don't be nasty to our Moroccans, we have spent years and much public money making them into the finished product they are. We have tireless sought to protect and facilitate their flourishing. It makes every liberal hair on my body sit up with pride. Its the right thing to do, we the PVDA's and Groenlinks' of Holland are morally superior and far more intelligent. If we weren't so confounded by that damned Marshall plan all those years ago we would have been completely immersed in socialism by now.

    Our future is bright, stay in Canada you heathen, unless called upon to bail us out from the Germans or Russians.
  • Christopher posted:

    on 17th October 2008, 22:14:19 - Reply

    Its a good point (as always) from Mr. Wilders that Morrocco does not and would not show the same respect for Dutch citizens as the Dutch give to Moroccan. People should not be allowed to be in charge of ANYTHING in the Netherlands if they still hold duel citizenship. Its a conflict of interests especially as Moroccan youth are the main source of crime in the Netherlands.

    As an outsider from Canada, I visited Amsterdam in May of 08, I was accosted non stop by Moroccan's trying to sell me cocaine. It was shocking not a single dutch national asked to sell me drugs, yet almost every group of Moroccans' I passed were pushing Cocaine on me, and they followed and harrassed me on numerous occassions, it takes away the feeling of safety. I spoke with other tourists and they were sick of it as well.
    What happened to your country? A great Country, with art, architecture, and liberal views; being destroyed by muslim youth. If I could I would vote for Mr. Wilders. Wake up Europe!!!