From the nation that sent a higher proportion of its Jews and Gypsies to the gas chambers than any other - the nation that had, percentage-wise, more Nazi collaborators than even the French and Ukrainians, the nation whose police forces and train systems co-operated FULLY with the occupying Germans, in fact the nation whose volunteers flocked to the SS standards in droves to fight on the Eastern Front, comes this:
The Netherlands calls for Gaza inquiry, Dutch activists in Israeli jail
Tuesday 01 June 2010
The Netherlands has called for an inquiry into the attack by Israeli forces on an aid convoy heading for the Gaza Strip in which at least 10 people are reported dead.
'I want the Israeli ambassador in The Hague to clarify matters,' foreign affairs minister Maxime Verhagen said in a statement. 'I am extremely shocked that people have been killed. The Netherlands wants to know exactly how this happened.'
'What has happened today, just as talks were beginning between Israel and the Palestinians, will not bring peace any closer,' he said.
MPs from across the political spectrum, even those traditionally supportive of Israel, have said they were shocked by Israel's actions.
'Everything points to the fact that it is not right what Israel has done,' the Volkskrant reports VVD MP Atzo Nicolai as saying. Unless Israel comes up with a convincing story, an international inquiry will be unavoidable, he said.
However, PVV MP Geert Wilders said it is 'cheap' to attack Israel. 'I am certainly not going to make a cheap attack on Israel by howling in the woods with the rest of the wolves,' he told tv show Nova.
Israel was fully justified in entering the ships to see if they were also carrying weapons, he said.
Meanwhile, the two Dutch nationals travelling with the convoy are being held in the Be'er Sheva prison in the south of Israel. They are among almost 500 activists who have been taken into custody.
According to the news agency ANP, 29-year-old Anne de Jong and 43-year-old Amin Abou Rashed have been offered a fast-track deportation procedure but have refused because they want to complete their mission.
According to the BBC, Israel has imposed an information blackout, making it difficult to gather first-hand accounts from the campaigners.
Between 300 and 500 people held a demonstration in The Hague on Monday night in protest at the commandos' action. But they were prevented from gathering in front of the Israel embassy because the Buitenhof square had been closed off.
The crowd carried banners and chanted 'Israel murderer'. At one point riot police charged the crowd with batons. Gretta Duisenberg, pro-Palestine activist and widow of former central bank chief Wim Duisberg was among those who was hit.
Benji de Levie, 63, who was standing next to Duisenberg, told the Volkskrant he had been trying to avoid a confrontation with the police. He said he had been hit several times.
Editors note, we have been forced to disable comments for this article because of a large number of incitements to violence and racial hatred from both sides of the argument.
Remember, this is the country whose hands are stained with the blood of Africans, Indonesians, Native Americans, Taiwanese, Ceylonese, and Surinamers.
These are the people whose commercial acumen caused unimaginable human suffering for half a millennium.
This is the country that with ruthless bureaucratic efficiency eliminated over eighty percent of a community which had lived there for centuries, who had been told that they were as Dutch as anybody else, an intrinsic and essential part of society.
This is the country where Americans, Jews, Turks, and Moroccans are universally despised, loathed, and, frequently, discriminated against.
[Ja ja, kan ik weten - ik heb daar namelijk gewoond, en heb mij tevens grondig in de Nederlandsche geschiedenis verdiept. Dat was weliswaar dertig jaren terug, maar ik heb nog een walging aan die 'brave 'Ollanders'. Niet allen, maar wel velen. Miereneukende azijnzijkers en etterkotsers, die gasten, echt. Een verachtelijk achterbaks stel betweters en schijnheiligaards waar zelfs hun buren de pest aan hebben.]
The political spectrum = A large number of far-left factions, a large number of far-right factions, and much self-righteous garbage in between.
Traditionally supportive of Israel = Dutch support equates, usually, to back-stabbing, when they aren’t enthusiastically trading with the enemy. Their support for Israel is actually a transparent attempt to keep on the good side of the Americans, who are their major trading partner.
Volkskrant = A yellow rag newspaper which during the Vietnam war inspired more anti-Americanism than one would have thought possible anywhere in Europe. I stil unfondly remember their hate-filled editorials, the humourless "cartoons" of Nixon that made him look like a daemon with a penis for a nose, and their smarmy “we’re far better than the Yanks and Jews” contributors. It is very popular.
ANP = Pravda-West. Algemene Nederlandsche Pers ('General Dutch Press'), which is where you will find polished liars and propagandists. They are known for sensationalism, self-serving hypocrisy, and quislingism.
During the cold-war, they served largely as the mouth-piece of hatred for America, while posting opinionated windbags to Washington to ‘re-interpret’ American politics for a biased small-minded public.
Gretta Duisenberg = Notorious anti-Israel activist who has cleverly skirted the Dutch laws about inciting racial hatred, and has pushed the limits of free-speech. She considers being called an 'anti-Semite' to be an honour. Her spiteful confrontations with Jews are almost legendary, her vile statements about Zionists controlling the Yanks, the banks, and the press rank with Der Sturmer in intensity.
Like Pieter Menten, the Dutch establishment actively protects and defends her as one of their own.
People like her are useful – especially when you want plausible deniability while slamming Israel or America. "We didn't say it, she did".