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The Netherlands marks Theo van Gogh murder/An Islamophobe and antisemite is no saint

by Astrid Essed Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Every year, in the Netherlands, the filmmaker Theo van Gogh is commemorated. This year [ten years ago he was killed], with commemorations, debates, his films, TV documentaries and so on. However, van Gogh should not be remembered at all, since he was an Islamophobe and antisemite. Every commemoration is a slap in the face of Jews and non western muslims.

THE NETHERLANDS MARKS THEO VAN GOGH

MURDER/AN ISLAMOPHOBE AND ANTISEMITE IS

NOT A SAINT

SEE



http://www.astridessed.nl/the-netherlands-marks-theo-van-gogh-murderan-islamophobe-and-antisemite-is-not-a-saint/

This year it is ten years ago, that filmmaker Theo

van Gogh was killed, which is commemorated on several

places like the scene of the murder, ''his'' monument

''De Schreeuw'' [The Scream] and a commemoration on TV.

His films were performed again in Eye [The Amsterdam Filmhouse],

lectures, documentaries on television and so on.[1]

Was he then the Dutch St Joan, Jeanne d'Arc? [2]

Not at all.

Here stands a common provocateur, a man, who loved to humiliate

and insult others and above all, an Islamofobe and antisemite.

A man, who didn't deserve any attention, let alone this

ridiculous canonization.

Let's open the dirty chamber pot and try not to

vomit from the smell.



THEO VAN GOGH, THE ANTISEMITE

Theo van Gogh was not only a diehard provocateur, which

is a least permitted as free speech, he systematically

insulted minorities. [3]

And that's not free speech at all.

That's called discrimination and antisemitism.

In the nineties the Jews were his targets, on such a

disgusting way, that I don´t understand he was only

finedby the Court for his filthyanti semite remarks

and that they were not simply forbidden.

Because there is a limit in what you can say or not,

especially when jokes are made of one of the

greatest crimes in history, the Holocaust.

Van Gogh wrote many anti semite articles.

In an article of the Amsterdam university magazine Folia

in the beginning of the eighties he had Jewish writer Leon

de Winter permorm ´´The Treblinka love game´´ with

´´a piece of barbed wire´´ around his ´´dick´´ (4)

He also referred to ''copulating yellow stars in the gas chamber'' [5]

But there was even more

He let Jewish TV presentator Sonja Barend say outside

a concentration camp barack ´´And tomorrow a healthy awakening´´

(What she always said at the end of her shows) (6)

Another sick remark

´´What smells of caramel here. Today they are only

burning Jews with diabetes. (Jews with sugar disease) (7)

There are more filthy antisemite remarks, which I

will not repeat. See (8)

Granted, these are no negative references to Jews in general,

but those disrespectful utterings

about the countless pain and trauma of a minority,

caused by genocide are a fundamental lack

of respect and humanity.

And a deep lack of respect for a minority is also:

Racism or antisemitism.



AFTER 11 SEPTEMBER 2001/VAN GOGH, THE

ISLAMOPHOBE

Provocating, insulting and discriminate, that were van Gogh´s

joys.

After the 11 september attacks van Gogh found a far more

interesting target than the Jews in the muslims and Islam.

So he could profit from the mounted climate of Islamophobia

in Europe.

He became an admirer of that other muslim-basher, Hirsi

Ali, with whom he made the hate speech anti Islamfilm ´´Submission´´ (9)

With the track record of van Gogh, it will be of no

surprise, that he was also fan of the extreme right wing

anti immigration politician P. Fortuyn, who was also an

Islamophobe . (10)

As can be expected of van Gogh, he insulted the Islam and

discriminate muslims.

He called muslims (excusez let mots) ´´goat fuckers´´ or

messengers of the utmost backward darkness´´

That he shared with Fortuyn, who called the Islam

´´"a backward culture" (11)

Van Gogh also was a fervent anti refugee and immigration

activist, which he shared not only with P. Fortuyn, but

also with minister of Justice R. Verdonk, who had a very

restrictive asylumpolicy. (12)

`´Rita, keep your back straight´´, he said to her, as she was

targeted by protesters against the deportation of 26. 000

refugees, who lived in the Netherlands for many years.. (13)



DECLARING VAN GOGH ´´A SAINT´´ AND

THE ´´THEO´´ NONSENSE

Not anyone, who is worth to be remembered, one should think.

Yet this ´´Theo´´ van Gogh (it became an epidemia, that

everyone suddenly called him ´´Theo´´, whether known

to him or not), a provocateur, a man with a dirty mouth,

an antisemite and Islamofobe, was suddenly canonized after his

death.

So this ´´freedom of speech´´ nonsense, which supposed to

be violated got common ground, while his murder, either

the filth he ventilated, had anything to do with

´´freedom of opinion´´

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right, based on respect

for the free word.

But that freedom includes no violation of the rights of others.

Racism, antisemitism and discrimination is no freedom,

but a crime.

And antisemitism and Islamophobia were flourishing with

van Gogh.

ISLAMOPHOBIA, DISCRIMINATION AND

RACISM

Van Gogh´s canonization and his socalled ´´advocacy for

the freedom of speech´´ fits in the present climate of increasing

xenophobia, which praises racism and at least considers

it as perfectly normal.

Examples are the acquitting of extreme right politician

G. Wilders [14] and debates about the ''Moroccan problem''

[back in time: the ''Judenfrage'']. [15]

So far article 1, anti discrimination

article of the Dutch Constitution. [16]

This canonization also refers to the media, where van Gogh

is mentioned as ''the champion of free speech''.

He was not.

In fact he is champion of nothing, accept champion

of the filthy remarks.

In this respect, one of the funniest remarks was that of

the Mayor of Amsterdam, mr van der Laan, who mentioned,

that the climate in Amsterdam became more

''peaceful'' after the death of van Gogh and the

''freedom of speech''and ''our humanitarian values''

are more ''respected'' [17]

What a ''funny man'', that van der Laan.

He should have become a comic in a theatre.

Truth is, that the relations between ''autochtones''

[''white'' Dutch] and allochtones [Moroccan,

Turkish, Surinamese, Somalian and other non western

minorities and in this case especially Moroccans and other non western

muslims] have been detoriated, not because of van Gogh

[he was not that important at all], but because of

the climate of Islamphobia [to which van Gogh

contributed], which gave more room to racism and

discrimination.

Directly after the death of van Gogh there was a violent and

dangerous anti Islamhysteria, with mass arsons and bomb

attacks of Mosques through the whole country. [18]

There was really a pogrom like sphere. [19]

A visit from former Queen Beatrix to Amsterdam was

needed to calm down anti Islamhysteria a little. [20]

Prime minister Balkenende also visited a Islamic school

which had been arsoned. [21]

And, happily, the attacks on Mosques diminished, although

the attacks on Mosques continue. [22]

Another, laughing point in the van der Laan statement,

that ''freedom of speech'' and ''our humanitarian values''

are better defended than before the death of van Gogh. [23]

Yeah right.....

Therefore the increasing racism in

Dutch society, under the flag of

''freedom of speech'', not in the least place in politics. [24]

Well, THAT is something ''Theo'' can be proud of. [25]

EPILOGUE

Van Gogh died tragically and although it need

tot to be said, it goes without saying, that

killing a human being is unacceptable and inhuman.

The right to life for any human being, must be defended

at all times.

But that doesn't mean, that everyone, who has been

killed, is a saint and should canonized.

Condemnation of a killing doesn't mean

closing the eye for someone's the points of view or deeds.

And fact is, that as a provocateur, antisemite and

Islamophobe, van Gogh has had a bad influence on

the Dutch society.

Neglecting this shows a wrong image and is

a slap in the face of the victims of his abhorrent

views, the Jews and muslims.

Therefore van Gogh doesn't deserve a memorial

and certainly not a misplaced canonization, typical

for the present climate, in which racism and discrimination

are salonfahig.

The right of a human being, to be treated with respect,

regardless descent or religion, is fundamental.

Not discriminative provocation, under the false

flag of ''freedom of speech''

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam

The Netherlands



NOTES





[1]



NL TIMES

THE NETHERLANDS MARKS THEO VAN GOGH

MURDER

2 NOVEMBER 2014

http://www.nltimes.nl/2014/11/02/netherlands-marks-theo-van-gogh-murder/



WIKIPEDIA

DE SCHREEUW

[THE SCREAM]



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Schreeuw

EYE

THEO VAN GOGH

10 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER

https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/themes/theo-van-gogh



[2]

WIKIPEDIA

JOAN OF ARC



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc



[3]



NEW YORK TIMES

PROVOCATEUR'S DEATH HAUNTS THE DUTCH

30 OCTOBER 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/arts/provocateurs-death-haunts-the-dutch-.html?_r=0



THE INDEPENDENT

THEO VAN GOGH

4 NOVEMBER 2004



http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/theo-van-gogh-6158646.html



(4)

DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(5)

DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(6)



DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(7)



DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(8)

DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(9)



WIKIPEDIA

AYAAN HIRSI ALI



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali



WIKIPEDIA

SUBMISSION (2004 FILM)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submission_(2004_film)





DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(10)



WIKIPEDIA

PIM FORTUYN

VIEWS ON ISLAM AND IMMIGRATION

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pim_Fortuyn#Views_on_Islam_and_immigration

Source



WIKIPEDIA

PIM FORTUYN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pim_Fortuyn



DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



(11)



´´He called Islam "a backward culture", and said that if it were legally possible he would close the borders for Muslim immigrants.[2]´´



WIKIPEDIA

PIM FORTUYN



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pim_Fortuyn





THE GUARDIAN

PIM FORTUYN-OBITUARY

7 MAY 2002



http://www.theguardian.com/news/2002/may/07/guardianobituaries.thefarright



(12)



HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

NETHERLANDS/SAFETY OF FAILED ASYLUMSEEKERS AT

RISK

12 FEBRUARY 2004



http://www.hrw.org/news/2004/02/11/netherlands-safety-failed-asylum-seekers-risk



(13)

DE FABEL VAN DE ILLEGAAL

VAN GOGH WAS AN IRRITATING REACTIONARY LITTLE MAN

ERIC KREBBERS

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

http://www.doorbraak.eu/gebladerte/30097v01.htm



HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

NETHERLANDS/SAFETY OF FAILED ASYLUMSEEKERS AT

RISK

12 FEBRUARY 2004



http://www.hrw.org/news/2004/02/11/netherlands-safety-failed-asylum-seekers-risk



(14)



REUTERS

DUTCH POPULIST GEERT WILDERS ACQUITTED OF HATE SPEECH

23 JUNE 2011

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/23/us-dutch-wilders-idUSTRE75M10P20110623



BBC NEWS

GEERT WILDERS CLEARED OF HATE CHARGES BY

DUTCH COURT

23 JUNE 2011

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-13883331



RACISM IN THE NETHERLANDS/PARTY FOR FREEDOM/

PVV, WILDERS AND THE POISON OF RACISM

ASTRID ESSED



http://www.astridessed.nl/party-for-freedom-pvv-wilders-and-the-poison-of-racism/



TSUNAMI OF RACISM

POLITICAL VIEWS OF MR WILDERS

ASTRID ESSED



http://de.indymedia.org/2007/04/173791.shtml



[15]



DUTCH NEWS.NL

MP''s TO DEBATE THE ''MOROCCAN PROBLEM''

4 APRIL 2013

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/04/mps_to_debate_the_moroccan_pro.php/



WIKIPEDIA

JEWISH QUESTION [JUDENFRAGE]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_question





REUTERS

DUTCH POPULIST GEERT WILDERS ACQUITTED

OF HATE SPEECH

23 JUNE 2011

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/23/us-dutch-wilders-idUSTRE75M10P20110623



BBC NEWS

GEERT WILDERS CLEARED OF HATE CHARGES

BY DUTCH COURT

23 JUNE 2011

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-13883331



[16]



''Art.1 is named after Article 1 of the Dutch constitution:

"All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on any other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted."

ART 1

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

http://www.art1.nl/artikel/73-General_information_about_Art1



'' For instance article 1 states that all persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances.''

GOVERNMENT.NL

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

http://www.government.nl/issues/human-rights/human-rights-in-the-netherlands



[17]



''Burgemeester Van der Laan vindt dat de sfeer in Amsterdam sinds de moord op Theo van Gogh "vrediger" is geworden. Dat zegt hij in gesprek met NOS-verslaggever Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

''

Ontspannen klimaat

De moord is volgens Van der Laan een ommekeer geweest in een "heleboel opzichten". Hij denkt dat er in Nederland sindsdien veel lessen zijn getrokken. "De vrijheid van meningsuiting en onze humanistische waarden worden tegenwoordig beter verdedigd dan voor die tijd. In zoverre mag Theo tevreden zijn."

De burgemeester vindt dat er een meer ontspannen klimaat heerst rondom de vrijheid van meningsuiting. "Per saldo is de stad veel harmonieuzer dan die in 2004 was. Daar is door iedereen sinds 2004 behoorlijk hard voor gewerkt."



English translation

''Mayor Van der Laan says that the sphere in Amsterdam has become

more ''peacefully'' since the murder of van Gogh, he says in an interview

with NOS reporter Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

RELAXED CLIMATE

According Van der Laan. the murder has been a turning point in'' several

ways''.

He thinks, that in the Netherlands, many lessons have been learned.

''The freedom of speech and our humanitarian values are nowadays

better defended than for that time. In this respect, Theo can be content.''



NOS

''THEO VAN GOGH MAG TEVREDEN ZIJN''

2 NOVEMBER 2014

English translation:

''THEO VAN GOGH CAN BE CONTENT''

[Article is in Dutch]

http://nos.nl/artikel/717090-theo-van-gogh-mag-tevreden-zijn.html



[18]

''The generalised accusations with which the Dutch government reacted to the murder of van Gogh have encouraged violent right-wing extremists. Since Deputy Prime Minister Zalm’s “declared war” on Islamic fundamentalism, a wave of arson and bomb attacks has rolled over the country, aimed indiscriminately at Muslim institutions, encouraging a pogrom atmosphere.''

WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE

THE NETHERLANDS: XENOPHOBIC CAMPAIGN

FOLLOWS THEO VAN GOGH MURDER

23 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2004/11/gogh-n23.html



SLATE.COM

HOLLAND IN FLAMES

11 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/international_papers/2004/11/holland_in_flames.html



ALTERNET

VAN GOGH, EUROPEAN PURITY AND THE ''MUSLIM PROBLEM''

22 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.alternet.org/story/20566/van_gogh,_european_purity_and_the_%22muslim_problem%22



[19]

'''The generalised accusations with which the Dutch government reacted to the murder of van Gogh have encouraged violent right-wing extremists. Since Deputy Prime Minister Zalm’s “declared war” on Islamic fundamentalism, a wave of arson and bomb attacks has rolled over the country, aimed indiscriminately at Muslim institutions, encouraging a pogrom atmosphere.''



WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE

THE NETHERLANDS: XENOPHOBIC CAMPAIGN

FOLLOWS THEO VAN GOGH MURDER

23 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2004/11/gogh-n23.html



SLATE.COM

HOLLAND IN FLAMES

11 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/international_papers/2004/11/holland_in_flames.html



[20]



''In addition to this, the Dutch queen Beatrix, visited a youth centre of the Moroccan society and stated the importance of maintaining the multicultural structure of the country.''

TURKISH WEEKLY

THE CASE OF THEO VAN GOGH: IS IT THE

END OF MULTICULTURALISM

26 JULY 2005

http://www.turkishweekly.net/op-ed/1514/the-case-of-theo-van-gogh-is-it-the-end-of-multiculturalism.html



''Baarsjes residents welcomed Queen Beatrix' visit to a multicultural center and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's visit to a mosque as "an important sign that shows we are part of the country, that we can fight together," said one man named Habib.''

MIDDLE EAST ONLINE

DUTCH MOROCCAN COMMUNITY FACES HARD TIME

17 NOVEMBER 2004

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11912



[21]



''The Dutch prime-minister Jan Peter Balkenende visited the blasted Islamic school in Uden, and celebrated Muslims’ religious festival in his sincere visit to a mosque in the city of Eindhoven after a few weeks of the incident.''

TURKISH WEEKLY

THE CASE OF THEO VAN GOGH: IS IT THE

END OF MULTICULTURALISM

26 JULY 2005



http://www.turkishweekly.net/op-ed/1514/the-case-of-theo-van-gogh-is-it-the-end-of-multiculturalism.html





[22]



ISLAM ONLINE

2/3 OF DUTCH MOSQUES ATTACKED:

RESEARCH

30 OCTOBER 2014

http://www.islamonline.com/news/articles/2/2-3-of-Dutch-Mosques-Attacked-Research.html



[23]





''Burgemeester Van der Laan vindt dat de sfeer in Amsterdam sinds de moord op Theo van Gogh "vrediger" is geworden. Dat zegt hij in gesprek met NOS-verslaggever Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

''

Ontspannen klimaat

De moord is volgens Van der Laan een ommekeer geweest in een "heleboel opzichten". Hij denkt dat er in Nederland sindsdien veel lessen zijn getrokken. "De vrijheid van meningsuiting en onze humanistische waarden worden tegenwoordig beter verdedigd dan voor die tijd. In zoverre mag Theo tevreden zijn."

De burgemeester vindt dat er een meer ontspannen klimaat heerst rondom de vrijheid van meningsuiting. "Per saldo is de stad veel harmonieuzer dan die in 2004 was. Daar is door iedereen sinds 2004 behoorlijk hard voor gewerkt."



English translation

''Mayor Van der Laan says that the sphere in Amsterdam has become

more ''peacefully'' since the murder of van Gogh, he says in an interview

with NOS reporter Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

RELAXED CLIMATE

According Van der Laan. the murder has been a turning point in'' several

ways''.

He thinks, that in the Netherlands, many lessons have been learned.

''The freedom of speech and our humanitarian values are nowadays

better defended than for that time. In this respect, Theo can be content.''



NOS

''THEO VAN GOGH MAG TEVREDEN ZIJN''

2 NOVEMBER 2014

English translation:

''THEO VAN GOGH CAN BE CONTENT''

[Article is in Dutch]

http://nos.nl/artikel/717090-theo-van-gogh-mag-tevreden-zijn.html



[24]

NL TIMES

POLITICAL CLIMATE NETHERLANDS RACISTIC

21 OCTOBER 2013

http://www.nltimes.nl/2013/10/21/political-climate-netherlands-racistic/

THE AMSTERDAM HERALD

''UNTOUCHABLE'' CULTURE OF RACISM PERVADES DUTCH

POLITICS, CLAIMS OMBUDSMAN

http://www.amsterdamherald.com/index.php/rss/1017-20131021-untouchable-culture-racism-pervades-dutch-politics-claims-ombudsman-alex-brenninkmeijer-dutch-parliament-europe-society



DEAR KITTY

DUTCH GOVERNMENT HELPS RACISM

20 OCTOBER 2013

http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/dutch-government-helps-racism/



[25]





''Burgemeester Van der Laan vindt dat de sfeer in Amsterdam sinds de moord op Theo van Gogh "vrediger" is geworden. Dat zegt hij in gesprek met NOS-verslaggever Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

''

Ontspannen klimaat

De moord is volgens Van der Laan een ommekeer geweest in een "heleboel opzichten". Hij denkt dat er in Nederland sindsdien veel lessen zijn getrokken. "De vrijheid van meningsuiting en onze humanistische waarden worden tegenwoordig beter verdedigd dan voor die tijd. In zoverre mag Theo tevreden zijn."

De burgemeester vindt dat er een meer ontspannen klimaat heerst rondom de vrijheid van meningsuiting. "Per saldo is de stad veel harmonieuzer dan die in 2004 was. Daar is door iedereen sinds 2004 behoorlijk hard voor gewerkt."



English translation

''Mayor Van der Laan says that the sphere in Amsterdam has become

more ''peacefully'' since the murder of van Gogh, he says in an interview

with NOS reporter Edwin van den Berg.''

......

......

RELAXED CLIMATE

According Van der Laan. the murder has been a turning point in'' several

ways''.

He thinks, that in the Netherlands, many lessons have been learned.

''The freedom of speech and our humanitarian values are nowadays

better defended than for that time. In this respect, Theo can be content.''



NOS

''THEO VAN GOGH MAG TEVREDEN ZIJN''

2 NOVEMBER 2014

English translation:

''THEO VAN GOGH CAN BE CONTENT''

[Article is in Dutch]

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