Below are excerpts from remarks made today by Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders was responding to Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Dutch Parliament:
Video transcript (translation by the PVV):
It makes one despair to have to listen over and over again to these platitudes of the Prime Minister. He says Muslims are suffering twice.
Mr Prime Minister, how about speaking on behalf of the victims here in Europe, people whom by governors such as you, but not just you, have been inundating in the past few decades with masses of Muslims?
Our free West has been Islamified. We have made zero demands when it comes to assimilation. We are now suffering the consequences. Individuals who despise our Western values and rules. They commit attacks. Women, homosexuals are… It is more than just a few exceptions. I mentioned the numbers. 70%, 80% of Muslims say that their rules today, in 2017, are more important than the laws we have voted here in the House of Representatives.
It is not true that Muslims are victims, but it is us who are the victims of Islamization.
People whom you have allowed in. Why do you not say anything about that?
Do I understand correctly that Mr Wilders is saying that Islam, that the Muslims are responsible for the attacks?
Is that what he is saying?
Islam, yes. All Muslims, no. But Islam certainly, yes.
99 of the 100 attacks are committed by people invoking the Koran, shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
We would not have them here if we in Europe had not taken in masses of them in the past few decades. Certainly, not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims, barring some exceptions.
Of course, if non-Muslims are the perpetrators, that is equally terrible. I also said that in my speech in the first term. We of the PVV mourn those victims equally. But do not come here as Prime Minister to say that Muslims are victims twice. We are the victims. We are the victims of people like you who have flooded our country with Muslims over the last few decades, some of whom — some! — use violence against us. You cannot deny that, do you? You cannot deny that most attacks are committed by Muslims? I am not making that up, am I?
I cannot believe my own ears! Indeed, there is a problem with groups who settled in The Netherlands, whom we have insufficiently made to understand our rules and values, our way of life and our laws, which we expect them to accept.
Far too long we have been praising the multicultural society in which groups exist next to each other, instead of demanding that immigrants realize what our country stands for.
Sociology teachers are complaining that we should be more clear about what “citizenship” means. To me the answer to this question is that this is a free democratic society with equal rights for men and women, homosexuals and heterosexuals, white and coloured.
And it is also about freedom of expression and religious freedom. Of course, there is broad agreement here in this Chamber that huge mistakes have been made. But you cannot, after realizing this fact, which in itself involves a number of social issues which this debate is not about, pretend that this leads to terrorism.
People who go to the mosque on Friday, who are pious Muslims, who are allowed to profess that religion in this country on the basis of freedom of religion and who want to exercise that faith in a decent way, should feel co-responsible for the attacks committed here. That is what I hear Mr Wilders say. I’m shocked by this.
Well, you can certainly be shocked by that. But I just haven’t said that. What I did say was that Islam is the cause and I said in my speech that there are not just a few perpetrators.
Of all the people who left the Netherlands to fight in Syria 80% are Moroccan.
I already mentioned it: 70% of the Muslims in the Netherlands say that the rules in the Koran are more important than our secular laws. This is all based on academic reports. Of the Turkish youths, some 80% find it okay to use violence against non-Muslims. Of the 1 million Muslims in the Netherlands, say more than 100,000 — 100,000! — say that it is good and they can imagine themselves using violence in the Netherlands in the name of Islam. You cannot ignore all that?
Do not say that I’m talking about all Muslims, because that is not the case, but Islam is a tumor in our society and we have to get rid of it. That is something you cannot deny by simply seeing Muslims as a sort of double victims. We are the victims of this Islamization; that is the truth.
For years, the Dutch mainstream media have spread hatred and defamation against Geert Wilders for trying to warn the Dutch people and Europe -about what their future will be if they continue their current immigration policies; in exchange, a panel of three judges found him guilty of inciting discrimination. Newspapers and politicians all over Europe unceasingly describe him as a dangerous man and a rightist firebrand. Sometimes they call him a fascist.
What did Wilders ever do to deserve that? None of his remarks ever incriminated any person or group because of their race or ethnicity. To charge him, the Dutch justice system had excessively and abusively to interpret words he used during a rally in which he asked if the Dutch wanted fewer Moroccans. None of Wilders’s speeches incites violence against anyone; the violence that surrounds him is directed only at him. He defends human rights and democratic principles and he is a resolute enemy of all forms of antisemitism.
His only pseudo-crime is to denounce the danger represented by the Islamization of the Netherlands and the rest of Europe and to claim that Islam represents a mortal threat to freedom. Unfortunately, he has good empirical reasons to say that. Also unfortunately, the Netherlands is a country where criticism of Islam is particularly dangerous: Theo van Gogh made an Islamically incorrect film in 2004 and was savagely murdered by an Islamist who said he would kill again if he could. Two years earlier, Pim Fortuyn, who had hoped to stand for election, defined Islam as a hostile religion; he was killed by a leftist Islamophile animal-rights activist. Wilders is alive only because he is under around-the-clock police protection.
More broadly, the Netherlands is a country where the Muslim community shows few signs of integration. There are now forty no-go zones in the country; riots easily erupt in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Nijmegen. Ragheads repeatedly attack Dutch-born citizens. Some are so sure of their impunity that they publish online videos of their crimes. Throughout the country, an ethnic cleansing that Europeans are too scared to name is taking place in the suburbs, and non-Muslim residents often say they feel harassed.
Non-Muslim women are encouraged by local authorities to dress modestly. As in Islam dogs are haram (impure), dog owners are asked to keep their pets indoors. Ragheads demonstrate and shout slogans in support of Hamas and Jihadis.
Daily life has become particularly difficult for the 40,000 Jews still living in the country; districts long inhabited by members of the Jewish community have become almost entirely Muslim. Authorities recommend that Jews avoid any visible sign of Jewishness to avoid creating unrest. Muslim delinquency is high; the percentage of Muslims sent to jail for various crimes is notably higher than the percentage of Muslims in the population. Six percent of the country’s population are Muslim; about 20% of all inmates are Muslim. None of this is secret.
The only person talking about these problems is Wilders. Dutch political leaders and most journalists seemingly prefer to claim that Wilders is the problem; that if he were not there, these problems would not exist. At best, they utter fuzzy words intended to show strength; at worst, they turn their back. A large percentage of the Dutch population is anxious; the constant demonization of Wilders apparently tries to indoctrinate the people to settle for less.
In the years to come, the situation in the country is certain to deteriorate. The Muslim birth rate is higher than the non-Muslim one. Dozens of churches close each year due to the rapid decline in the number of practicing Christians; the churches are replaced by mosques. Radical preachers keep coming and proselytizing; Islamist organizations keep recruiting.
Islamic riots occur more and more often. Ethnic gangs are growing more violent. Ethnic cleansing is transforming neighborhoods. Jews are leaving for Israel or North America. The Muslim population is sharply increasing. Radical mosques are proliferating. Islamic organizations are everywhere. Politicians who dare to speak the way Geert Wilders does are treated the way Geert Wilders is treated : scorned, marginalized, put on trial.
A utopian vision of the world explains why in Europe, people such as Geert Wilders are seen as the incarnation of evil, but radical Islam is considered a marginal nuisance bearing no relation to the religion of peace. Meanwhile, Wilders is condemned to live under protection as if he were in jail, while those who want to slaughter him walk around free.