PVV and SGP boycott Abbas meeting

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Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party PVV has announced it will ‘ignore’ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visit to the Netherlands.

Mr Wilders disapproves of Mr Abbas’ visit but said that “unfortunately we’re unable to prevent it.”He added that “Calling it a boycott would be overstating the case, but that’s what it boils down to.”

Mr Wilders said that President Abbas, who he characterised as a Holocaust denier, had no business visiting the queen and the cabinet. He pointed out that in the past Abbas had stated that not six but only one million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II. The Freedom Party leader said the Palestinian leader never offered an apology are retracted his words.

The orthodox SGP is also opposed to the visit and will not attend Thursday’s meeting. SGP MP Kees van der Staaij said he had no time because of the busy last week before the summer recess, but also “ felt no urge” to attend. Both Geert Wilders and Kees van der Staaij pointed to documents published by Mr Abbas’ Fatah party which still include the destruction of the state of Israel as an objective.

Christian Union MP Joël Voordewind said he would also adopt a critical attitude, but would attend the closed meeting to ask President Abbas if he still advocates the destruction of the state of Israel and to find out why The Palestinian Authority rewards the next of kin of suicide terrorists. Mr Voordewind pointed out that the Palestinian Authority has officially renounced violence. He added that he would not consider meeting with Hamas, Fatah’s Islamist rival. Hamas is on the international list of terrorist movements.

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2 Comments To This Article

  • osita posted:

    on 28th June 2011, 09:56:53 - Reply

    Wilders has demonstrated his 'wimp' side each and every time he has been invited to a televised debate with muslims and refused. Some hero of free speech - when that speech has to be approved by Wilders and his spin doctors and nobody is allowed to deviate from the script. Luckily, 85% of the Dutch voting public see him for what he really is and don't want to be associated with him and the bunch of ex-cons known as the PVV.

    Abbas also has the right to the same 'free speech' that Wilders enjoys; you are free to disagree with him, but he has the right to say what he likes, so long as he isn't 'inciting hatred' etc.

    Strange how all these Wilders-fans, hiding behind anonymity, only agree with 'free speech' for themselves, and not for others who disagree with their view point.
  • anonymous posted:

    on 28th June 2011, 09:43:57 - Reply

    Geert say "NO!" ?? Thats what I like about the guy-he comes out and tells it like it is-even if he annoys many others and risks his own popularity. He doesn't try to rationlize a wrong, like those other politicians do, but if he sees something as a mistake he is honest and speaks out. Comepare that to those others- they don't even know someone like Mahmoud Abbas is a phony, and maybe they don't really care. When somebody like Abbas comes to your town all hugs and kisses, it's time to be dubious . People like him have typically alterior motives, and practice " taqiyya " -the Mislim right to lie and deceive according to the advice of the holy Koran.

    Be glad for Wilders; he's not one of the appeasing wimps.