Den som vil forstå hva fremtiden i Europa rommer, må granske Gaza-demonstrasjonene i europeiske storbyer. Det finnes fortsatt modige journalister som våger, selv om de trues på livet.
Frank Verhoef skrev fredag i nederlandske Standard om demonstrasjonen i Haag.Bildet han tok taler for seg selv.
Verhoef skriver: Haag var alltid fredens og rettferdighetens by, nå er den jihads og antisemittismens by.
Han forteller om en hatsk stemning, med 100 ISIS-flagg. Vi vet hva det betyr. Men denne utviklingen har pågått lenge. Det er mange år siden nå at daværende biskop Gunnar Stålsett talte under en demonstrasjon flankert av Hizbollah-flagg. Han likte det ikke, men flaggene ble stående. Nå er det ISIS-flagg som vaier og vi vet hvilken skjebne de har tiltenkt jøder. Dette skjer i europeiske storbyer, det vaier ingen slike flagg i Kairos gater.
Verhoefs artikkel er oversatt til engelsk med google translate. Det meste er forståelig: demonstrantene mislikte intenst at det var journalister der og viste det. Politiet hadde feilbedømt oppslutningen og var maktesløse. Det måtte tilkalles biler for å frakte journalistene vekk og i sikkerhet, og den tilkalte politifolkene forsto ikke hvor presset deres kolleger og journalistene på stedet var. Borgermesteren later som han ikke forstår, hverken før eller etter demonstrasjonen.
Hague was always the city of peace and justice. Now it is the city of jihad and Jew-hatred.
The Gaza demonstration at Hoefkade in the Hague Schilderswijk yesterday ran completely out of hand. It was not Gaza demonstration but an anti-Jewish pro-ISIS demonstration. There was endless often called the «dirty Jews from the sewers’ death had (both in Arabic and in Dutch, it was more about» the Jews «over Gaza), there was whisked to jihad, caliphate and ISIS flags (by adults and small children), and a group of journalists were harassed by dozens of bystanders. Because we took pictures of the demonstration. Yes, really.
I was there and I went there yesterday report via Twitter, because I no longer wanted to be intimidated by types who attend such demonstrations me. Journalists should be able to simply record demonstrations. End of story. GeenStijl colleague Annabel Nanninga was at one point so seriously threatened and harassed that they had to be removed by police. I was standing next to her when she was threatened by people who shouted insults at her that I will not repeat here. From all sides It was a lynch mob. It was horrible.
A man of no more than twenty years old poured a can of cheap energy drink over her. I also got some on me. The killer got away and the reporter was removed by the police. Urgently. At least, that was the idea. But that did not go entirely as desired. The agent present also became frustrated by. It lasted and lasted for the requested police car was there. He sounded desperate when he told his colleagues: «What do not you understand to rush?» I then even left, but not with the second police car arrived racing.
The problem last night was that the police were not prepared for the demonstration which was much larger and grimmer than estimated in advance. Since the agents could not do much about it myself, I guess. Police last night could only do one thing and that was the safety of the agents themselves and journalists are trying to ensure. Then but no arrests for threatening and obstructing journalists. Then but no arrests for anti-Semitism. Then but no arrests of Muslims who tried to hide their faces behind balaclavas and tea towels.
The problem lies with Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, the force manager of The Hague. The city of peace and justice which is now the city of Jihad and Jew-hatred has become. He was not acting. Immediately after the demonstration claimed Van Aartsen blandly that there are no limits have been exceeded during the demonstration. Ridiculous. Arches of the demonstration had never allow. Has he not learned from July 12, when a pro-Gaza demonstration even got out of hand with Nazi flags, flags jihad, anti-Semitic speeches and Hitler Greetings?
Van Aartsen has done nothing. Not before or during the demonstration itself, when it became clear how deeply anti-Semitism and hatred of journalists sitting at the demonstrators. And I take it very ill. Three Hague groups have written questions to Van Aartsen asked: PVV, The Moss Group and CU / SGP. VVD, PVV, Christian Union and VNL have all parliamentary questions. I watch with great interest the answers.
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