Rights and Accountability 29 September 2015
Notorious anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been forced to disclose that he received funds from a key player in the US Islamophobia industry.
Meanwhile the lawmaker is to face charges of inciting hatred and violence against Dutch citizens of Moroccan descent during an election campaign last year.
It has long been suspected that Wilders has received US funding but that had never been proven.
In 2013, however, the Netherlands changed its law, requiring political parties to disclose the sources of donations of more than €4,500 ($5,000).
A report (download PDF) released by the Dutch interior ministry on 23 September reveals that Wilders’ Party for Freedom – known by its Dutch initials PVV – received €18,110 ($20,000) from the David Horowitz Freedom Center in 2014.
The California-based nonprofit is run by David Horowitz.
Horowitz was named in the 2011 Center for American Progress (CAP) report “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” as one of the most influential purveyors of anti-Muslim propaganda, along with other notorious figures including Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes.
According to the CAP report, anti-Muslim and pro-Israel donors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into hate groups in the US in recent years.
Horowitz’s funding of Wilders is the first concrete indication that this Islamophobia network spans the globe.
Cited by mass killer
Horowitz’s organization is the sponsor of Jihad Watch, an anti-Muslim website run by Robert Spencer.
It also hosts and finances anti-Palestinian agitator Caroline Glick’s Israel Security Project.
Spencer’s anti-Muslim incitement is so extreme that it helped inspire Anders Breivik, the Norwegian who murdered dozens of his fellow citizens, mostly teenagers at a Labor Party youth camp, in July 2011, in the name of stopping the “Islamization” of Europe.
Breivik cited Spencer and his Jihad Watch blog 162 times in his manifesto justifying the mass murder. By comparison, Glick appears only once.
Wilders, while rejecting Breivik’s methods, affirmed his support for the mass killer’s “anti-Islamization” goal.
Horowitz and his sponsored programs specialize in vicious anti-Muslim defamation and incitement, frequently with an explicitly pro-Israel twist.
Spencer disseminated the false claim of a “rape epidemic” carried out by Muslims in Norway.
Horowitz spread the equally bogus claim that a cleric had authorized Muslim men to engage in anal sex for the purpose of enlarging their rectums so they could insert bombs and become suicide bombers.
In propaganda distributed on US college campuses, Horowitz has characterized Students for Justice in Palestine as “Jew-haters.”
He claimed that the Palestinian solidarity movement was part of a wave of anti-Semitism “not seen since the 1930s, when Hitler was laying plans for the final solution – the physical extermination of European Jewry.”
Horowitz also created “Islamofascism Awareness Week” to spread this type of propaganda on college campuses.
According to its 2013 filings with the US Internal Revenue Service, the David Horowitz Freedom Center paid Horowitz $588,000 in salary and compensation that year. Spencer received about $186,000.
Geert Wilders is known for spewing hatred about Islam and the Muslim community in the Netherlands.
While claiming to support free speech, he has called for the Quran to be banned.
In April, he spoke at a rally of the neo-fascist German anti-Muslim organization PEGIDA in Dresden.
He saw his popularity peak when his party won 24 of the parliament’s 150 seats in 2010, giving him a ticket to join the ruling coalition.
The PVV took 15 seats at the 2012 election.
Wilders has also given his backing to Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
In a recent parliamentary debate he described the refugees currently arriving in Europe as an “Islamic invasion.”
He stereotyped them as “masses of young men in their twenties with beards singing ‘Allahu Akbar’ across Europe.”
This “invasion,” he claimed, threatens Europe’s prosperity, culture and identity – words that will no doubt please his US bankroller.
Dutch prosecutors have announced that they will charge Wilders for insulting Dutch citizens of Moroccan descent during a local election campaign.
At a March 2014 rally in The Hague, Wilders asked supporters if they wanted “more or fewer Moroccans in this city or in the Netherlands.”
In a video of the incident, members of the crowd can be heard clapping and shouting “fewer, fewer, fewer” in response.
“We will take care of it,” Wilders replies.
The public prosecutor opened a criminal investigation after complaints were filed against Wilders.
As a result, he will face accusations of insulting a group of people based on race and for inciting discrimination and hatred.
His trial is expected in 2016.
Adri Nieuwhof contributed reporting and translation.
- Party for Freedom
- Geert Wilders
- David Horowitz
- David Horowitz Freedom Center
- Center for American Progress
- Jihad Watch
- Robert Spencer
- Anders Behring Breivik
David Horrorwitz Corporate Enslavement Center
Permalink Zionism Is Not Judaism replied on
It is not unreasonable to say Wilders gets his funding from that latter day Meyer Lasky, "gaming czar" Sheldon Adelson. Because that is where Horrorwitz gets quite a bit of his funding.
The Chinese ought to pull the plug on that slime, (Adelson). Send him back to Dorchester, to sweep the floors at the old pottery.
Where was Whitey Bulger when they needed him?
Birds of a feather
Permalink Anthony Shaker replied on
Race ideology and self-worship are the same everywhere. Zionists, Eurocentrists and Wahhabis are all cut from the same cloth. Sadly, this disease has spread to the Middle East too and will not be easy to eradicate as long as the organized mayhem there continues.
Wilders' movement is the same breed that once drew inspiration from Zionism and the darkest aspects of rabbinic particularism. Zionism finally engulfed what remained of Judaism, after two thousand years of obscurity and the horrors of the world war. But it is not often remembered that the brains behind the Nazi movement and its leaders genuinely admired "Jewish" race consciousness. Hitler certainly expressed the utmost respect for it.
Today's Eurocentric self-worshippers, envious of the mythical Jew, are so self-deluded they take fables from the Old Testament (a document known to have been forged with different hands) about God's Promise to a chosen race for historical reality. But they merely echo the previous generation, with its genocidal policies against the Palestinians, Native Americans, South Africans, other Africans during slavery, etc. Now we look at the Syrian people and ask ourselves: When will this crazy race narrative end?
The more "respectable" self-worshippers have taken care to rewrite history from a eurocentric perspective, pretending their beloved, mythical "Europe" had brought the light of civilization to humanity. Too many progressives still think this way. Modern historians know that the foundations for modern science, philosophy and even Western theology were laid in the medieval period. That period is synonymous with the multiconfessional Islamic civilization whose final demolition seriously underway with the destruction of Palestine. But this is almost like patricide, because the Atlantic states (US, Britain and France) received civilization on a platter, when you come right down to it.
This is not a world that I or any sane person would like to leave for our children.
obviously Geert Wilders does
Permalink rm replied on
obviously Geert Wilders does not speak for every Dutch person! Personally I consider him dangerous!
Other unfortunate PVV friends
Permalink Philippa replied on
In 2010 Gidi Markuszower (born in Tel Aviv) withdrew from the PVV electoral roll for the Dutch Second Chamber, after Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin sent Geert Wilders a letter in which he revealed that the Dutch intelligence and security service (AIVD) suspected Markuszower of having passed information onto a foreign agency (widely interpreted in the media as being the Mossad), and considered him a threat to the integrity of the Netherlands.
Markuszower had already attracted attention in 2008, after being arrested for the criminal possession of a firearm at the 60-year celebration of Israel.
A few years later, Wilders apparently no longer cares about the opinion of the country's intelligence and security service, as Markuszower appeared once again on the PVV electoral roll earlier this year; he now sits for the PVV in the Dutch first chamber (Senate).