Thursday, May 24, 2018

Illegal cannabis cultivation far larger than previously thought





Statistic Netherlands said that only 20% of weed growers are caught.  The 2015 estimate of the total contribution of illegal activities to the economy was far too low.  It has to be increased by 1.5 billion Euros to 4.8 billion Euros.


https://nltimes.nl/2018/05/24/cannabis-cultivation-netherlands-far-extensive-thought

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Israeli Embassy Complains about Antisemitic Song


The Israeli Embassy in the Netherlands has complained about the satirical song with several antisemitic stereotypes produced by the socialist broadcaster BNN-Vara.  Also, the Israeli Documentation and Information Center (CIDI) has criticized the song full of hilarious jokes about Jews and money.  The broadcaster denies the antisemitic character despite the stereotypes about Jews and money.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/05/israel-protests-about-dutch-anti-semitic-spoof-of-eurovision-winner/

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Antisemitic Cabaret Program on Dutch Socialist Television


A cabaret program on the Dutch Socialist VARA television by Sanne Wallis de Vries has used Israel's Eurovision winning song as a parody. Her text contains antisemitic motifs such as jokes about Jews and money. It also accuses Israel of using Buk rockets which Israel does not have. These rockets were used to bring down a plane of mainly Dutch passengers in the  Ukraine. They all died.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/entertainment/2062446/parodie-israelisch-songfestivalnummer-verdeelt-kijkers-jodenhaat

Monday, May 21, 2018

Police attempt to recruit non-Muslims to participate in Iftar


Dutch police in Apeldoorn attempt to recruit non-Muslims to participate in an Iftar meal which takes place during the Muslim month of Ramadan.  This led to criticism because it was considered a sign of lack of neutrality which is expected from the Police.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Parliamentarians inquire about nepotism in public prosecution


A number of MP’s want an explanation from Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about secret romantic relationships among public prosecution officials.  The NRC daily, has reported that two prosecutors were promoted to chief prosecutors by a prosecutor they had a romantic relationship with. A chief prosecutor said to the newspaper anonymously that “colleagues feel unsafe and they no longer dare to criticize each other.” This has led to a breach of trust within the offices of public prosecutors.

https://nltimes.nl/2018/05/16/secret-relationships-public-prosecution-office-mps-want-explanation

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Two Jewish Organizations File Complaint against Antisemitism of Former Prime Minister’s Organization



The Jewish umbrella organization, CJO, and the youth organization of CIDI have entered a police complaint against an organization founded by former Dutch Prime Minister, Dries van Agt.  They claim that the organization, TRF, structurally permits antisemitic reactions on their website.
http://jongerencidi.eu/cijo-en-cjo-doen-aangifte-tegen-antisemitisme-op-anti-israel-platform/

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Six near misses between drones and aircrafts in Dutch airspace in 2017


There have been six near misses last year between drones and aircrafts.  One of these concerned a Boeing 737 near Rotterdam.  In 2016, airline pilots warned that stronger regulations regarding drones were needed to keep Dutch airspace safe for aviation.
   
www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/05/six-near-misses-between-drones-and-aircraft-in-dutch-air-space-in-2017/