Jan 6 2015
A call, which was made via Facebook, to burn down mosques in the Netherlands, has alarmed religious officials and Muslims in the country. Muslims demand more police protection.
CIHAN Speaking to Cihan news agency, Murat Türkmen, head of Eyüp Sultan Camii located in Amsterdam stated that they began to keep guard to protect their mosque following arson calls on Facebook. Türkmen also complained about lack of security controls around the building.
“Windows of three vehicles belonging to three Muslim from our mosque were broken. Police patrol around the mosques in every ten minutes. But it’s not enough.
Another mosque official from Mevlana Camii in Rotterdam named Adnan Berkcan said some attempts to set fire in front of the mosque have taken place recently and demanded a proper protection by the municipality and police. “Attacks which took place in Sweden, Germany and Austria concerned us,” added Berkcan.
40% of Dutch mosques allegedly, according to Muslims, have been “attacked,” daubed with ‘racist’ graffit (Islam is not a race) in the past 10 years.
Dutch News Almost 40% of the Netherlands’ 475 mosques have had to deal with racist graffiti, smashed windows and other violent behaviour over the past 10 years, according to Amsterdam University researcher Ineke van der Valk.
Many Dutch mosques have recently increased security following the spate of arson attacks in Sweden and a Dutch Facebook page calling for people to do the same here. Van der Valk says her research shows attacks on mosques have become structural and are influenced by national and international events.
‘There was an increase following the murder by a Muslim of film producer Theo van Gogh and there is another peak now with the rise of terror group IS,’ she told the Volkskrant.