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Despite the tensions with the growing Dutch Muslim community in recent years, which culminated in the murder of cineaste Theo van Gogh in November 2004, this was not a hot topic in last week's elections. Most major parties have agreed on a more rigorous approach on the issue of immigration and integration, and after years of debate and polarization, most of the public had gotten weary of the subject.

Last week's elections dealt with 'classic' issues like job opportunities, social security and health care. This is caused by the painful cuts and reforms in social security by the center-right government of the last 4 years, and the growing number of people who are dependant on health care. But there is also a tendency to turn inwards and to fence ourselves off from the outside world, as exemplified by the Dutch rejection of the European Constitution in 2005.



The outcome of the elections shows a growing divide between the left and the right, with the socialists winning 17 seats on cost of the social democrats, and a new right-wing nationalist party winning 9 seats on cost of the conservatives (by warning for a 'tsunami of islamisation' hitting the Netherlands). Both use populist arguments and offer clear solutions to problems the country faces.

Foreign politics hardly played a role in the election campaign. There was a controversy about Turkish candidates being removed from the list because they would not acknowledge the Armenian genocide. Further the left-wing opposition made it clear that they want an investigation on the Dutch decision to support the US invasion of Iraq, and one week before the elections a report about Dutch abuses of Iraqi prisoners in 2003 surfaced, causing some election fuss.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was only discussed once in a TV debate on Muslim issues, in which only the left-wing parties participated, and further in a debate organized by the main Jewish pro-Israel organization CIDI, where the socialists and the greens where absent. For me this subject was very important, and it was very frustrating that it was impossible to vote for both a strong social and environmentalist program and a fair policy towards the Middle East. I hate to say it, but all the left-wing parties are anti-Israel, and want sanctions if it doesn't abide by international law and break down the 'wall'. I also hate to say that the right-wing nationalists, who want a total stop on immigration and a ban on the building of mosques and on burqas, are very pro-Israel. In their eyes, Israel is at the forefront of the global war on terror and on Islam, which is a backward religion in their eyes.

On the other hand, most liberals view the Middle East conflict as a source of radicalism which also spills over to European Muslims, and causes tensions between the West and the Arab world. They blame the Middle East, meaning Israel, for our problems with Islamic radicalism. At the Muslim debate, the green and socialist representatives went on at length explaining that the West applies double standards by allowing Israel nuclear power but denying Iran the same right, and allowing Israel to perpetrate 'state terrorism' while boycotting the Palestinians for their violence, and how much Muslims feel abandoned and betrayed by the West for this appalling lack of justice and consistency.

How unjust indeed, all those Israeli privileges: the EU maintains an Association Treaty with it just like with any Arab Mediterranean dictatorship; the West does not support all of the countless UN condemnations of the Jewish state; it gets away with all its crimes against humanity, as if it is not worse than Sudan (getting away with killing off hundreds of thousands of innocents in Darfur), China (getting away with the occupation of Tibet), Russia (getting away with the leveling of Grozny), or Syria (getting away with assassinating dissident politicians in Lebanon), just to name a few examples.

Given the fact that Muslims in Europe care much more about Palestine than about Chechnya or the Amazigh or the Kurds, to please them it is indeed appropriate to focus on Israel and its 'crimes' against the Palestinians. There is no indication however that countries that are anti-Israel and anti-USA are free from the danger of terrorist attacks or tensions with their Muslim minority population, and even if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were solved, there would be much resentment over Saudi-Arabia and Pakistan serving US interests, or Western troops 'occupying' Afghanistan or Iraq, or racist attitudes of the majority population in European countries.

One important reason outside of the political field that causes much tension is that many youths from Muslim descent grow up in between two different cultures. Their parents came mostly from the countryside in Turkey or Morocco, are often illiterate and hardly speak the language of the country they now live in. Their offspring have to adopt a new identity, a mix of the culture of the homeland of their parents and the country they grow up in. They are an easy prey for radical islamists, who give them a new identity and security in a complex world in which their parents cannot help them find their way . Racism and unemployment intensify this, and the defiant and aggressive behavior of some of these youths reinforces racism and unemployment.

There is no easy way out, and politicians on both the right and the left who come up with simple solutions are fooling us and themselves. We cannot turn back history to the homogeneous society that existed in many European countries some 50 years ago, nor can we excuse the behavior and attitude of radicalized youths by referring to their identity problems or unemployment. And we should not fool ourselves either with the belief that we can resolve our problems with the growing Muslim population by severing our relations with the USA and Israel and supporting the Palestinians. There are many reasons why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be solved, and also why Europe bears some responsibility in this. Problems with our Muslim population should not be one of them, and we should not give in to pressure from them to pursue a one-sided Middle East policy. Israel as well as moderate Palestinians and Arabs deserve our support, and Arab hostility towards Israel and the Jews, in the UN, in their media and in their mosques, should be condemned unequivocally, as well as the Arab boycott of Israel that is mostly still in place.

Ratna Pelle

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I concur with Pamela.

Laura, Wednesday, November 29th


One important reason outside of the political field that causes much tension is that many youths from Muslim descent grow up in between two different cultures. Their parents came mostly from the countryside in Turkey or Morocco, are often illiterate and hardly speak the language of the country they now live in. Their offspring have to adopt a new identity, a mix of the culture of the homeland of their parents and the country they grow up in. They are an easy prey for radical islamists, who give them a new identity and security in a complex world in which their parents cannot help them find their way . Racism and unemployment intensify this, and the defiant and aggressive behavior of some of these youths reinforces racism and unemployment.

Oh puhleeeze. Pathetic. Look at America. A nation of immigrants. All of us at one time or another had parents with both feet in the old country. We didn't kill, maime, or roam the city streets like barbarians.

Excuse after excuse for the inexcusable. More enlightened Jews helping to dig their own graves.

You can avoid dealing with evil, but you can not avoid the consequences of not dealing with such evil.

These various circle jerks make me sick. Palestinian malarky. Today's modern argument to an age old hate.

Pamela aka Atlas, Wednesday, November 29th


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