The number of radical preachers and salafi mosques in the Netherlands in four years doubled. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to finance dozens of Dutch mosques, explains research subject.
How big is the influence of the salafists in Europe? It is a question that in many European countries the political tempers troubled. In our country since the debate on the Great Mosque in Brussels …
How big is the influence of the salafists in Europe? It is a question that in many European countries the political tempers troubled. In our country since the debate on the Great Mosque in Brussels and the attached Islamic Centre. With Saudi money was the wahabitische islam for several years, propagated, to the politics with the case went to interfere.
Also in the Netherlands, the theme is politically very sensitive. Parties such as the VVD, CDA, PVV and ChristenUnie fear that countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, the Netherlands muslims in the direction of salafism float and their integration hinder. In the coalition agreement of Rutte III is that that foreign money flows more transparent. But concrete proposals are not yet on the table.
Government knew in 2010
From research of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the Dutch tv programme Nieuwsuur , it now appears that successive Dutch governments since 2010, well aware of the payments from the Gulf region. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia informed the ministry of Foreign Affairs on this matter confidential. The conclusion is that about 10 percent of all Dutch mosques in the Middle East aanklopte to money.
And it is clear that the salafi islam in the Netherlands in advance. From a confidential memorandum of the antiterrorismecoördinator turns out that four years ago, thirteen salafi mosques were in the Netherlands. That number has doubled, as has the number of radical preachers. They would now have 110. It is noteworthy that the figures now at the top of the water, because prime minister Mark Rutte said earlier at the Second Chamber that it was not possible to give an overview of the number of salafi organizations.
Information came out of ‘diplomatic traffic’
However, the government had three years ago, the Scientific Research and Documentation centre (WODC) was asked the size of foreign moskeefinanciering. That, when nothing on it, but now it seems that the ministry of Foreign Affairs when to did to get the data out of the sight of the WODC researchers.
According to Foreign Affairs were the lists of financial information kept secret, because they had been obtained from diplomatic traffic.” The ministry fears that the Golflanden no longer voluntary information sharing if the lists become public.
But now the genie is out of the bottle. The main opposition parties, PVV, SP and SGP, questions this week, in a debate in the Second Chamber. Also Gert-Jan Segers, political leader of democrats Party is surprised at the revelations. ‘There is an ideology of limited freedom compared to our rule of law, ” he says. Segers lived seven years in Egypt and experienced the lack of freedom very, very close. He argues there again for the money flows from ‘non-free countries ” to religious organizations to stop.