The "Facing Jihad Conference" organized by Geert Wilders and Arieh Eldad (and it appears with prior help from Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang) is taking place today in Israel . The conference is being tauted on the website of ultra right wing blogger Pamela Geller, (her photo).
One of the obvious participants in a conference of political actors who oppose jihad and Islamization is the Belgian/Flemish party Vlaams Belang. However, according to media reports, it was dis-invited on the grounds it is a racist, anti-Semitic organization. Vlaams Belang, which was to take part in a major Anti-Jihadist Conference in Jerusalem showing today with Geert Wilders and others, was asked not to show, or was it ?
SEE UPDATE; Monday, December 15, 2008, Security upped at anti-Jihad conference following alert, Race Baiter Geert Wilders Admits His Links to Neo Nazi Belgium Party "Vlaams Belang" at the Facing Jihad Conference, suckers ! See link to "Gates of Vienna Post" "Oh, dear — and here we thought Mr. Wilders and the Partij Voor Vrijheid were OK! Now we find out that they’re Neo-Nazis…".
A TV addict with bleached hair who adores Maggie Thatcher and prefers kebabs to hamburgers, Geert Wilders has got nothing against Muslims. He just hates Islam. Or so he says. ‘Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology,’ says Wilders, a lanky Roman Catholic right-winger, ‘the ideology of a retarded culture.’
The Dutch politician, who sees himself as heir to a recent string of assassinated or hounded mavericks who have turned Holland upside down, has been doing a crash course in Koranic study. Likening the Islamic sacred text to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, he wants the ‘fascist Koran’ outlawed in Holland, the constitution rewritten to make that possible, all immigration from Muslim countries halted, Muslim immigrants paid to leave and all Muslim ‘criminals’ stripped of Dutch citizenship and deported ‘back where they came from’. But he has nothing against Muslims. ‘I have a problem with Islamic tradition, culture, ideology. Not with Muslim people.’
Wilders is lucid and shrewd and the provactive soundbites trip easily off his tongue. He was recently voted Holland’s most effective politician. If 18 months ago he sat alone in the second chamber or lower house in The Hague, his People’s Party now has nine of 150 seats and is running at about 15 per cent in the polls. His Islam-bashing seems to be paying off. And not only in Holland. All across Europe, the new breed of right-wing populists are trying to revive their political fortunes by appealing to anti-Muslim prejudice.
Geert Wilders links to Vlaams Belang; 'We already have more than 6,000 mosques in Europe, which are not only a place to worship but also a symbol of radicalisation, some financed by extreme groups in Saudi Arabia or Iran,' argued Filip Dewinter, leader of Belgium's Flemish separatist party, the Vlaams Belang (link to Neo Nazi's), who organised the Antwerp get-together with Geert Wilders in Feb 2008. 'Its minarets are six floors high, higher than the floodlights of the Feyenoord soccer stadium,' he said of a new mosque being built in Rotterdam. 'These kinds of symbols have to stop.'
A prior "conference" included, Filip Dewinter (Vlaams Belang), Geert Wilders, and Jean Marie Dedecker were invited to the debate. Previously, the rector of the RUG [Ghent University] had already announced that Wilders would not be welcome because his safety could not be guaranteed. It appears that Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang and Geert Wilders hit the "confernece" road together, whereever Filip Dewinter and the Vlaams Belang Neo Nazi's show up so does Geert Wilders.
See my prior post, Blood and Honour raids and arrest, Three people have been arrested for allegedly organising neo-Nazi concerts, Blood & Honour links to Vlaams Belang
When neo-Nazi mutant David Duke went to Belgium to take part in a skinhead summit meeting (which included Nick Griffin of the BNP), his host for the weekend: a local council member of the Belgian Vlaams Belang party. You know, that "anti-jihad" party that some right wing bloggers continue to promote.
An investigation has been launched. The arrests were made after police raided several houses in Antwerp BELGIAN, Bocholt (Limburg province) BELGIAN and Gullegen (West Flanders) BELGIAN.
Inspectors also seized computers and documents.The three have been taken in for questioning. (Blood & Honour linked to the BELGIAN Vlaams Belang political party).
Two of them were released later today.The official charge is violation of anti-racism laws during the organisation of neo-Nazi Blood and Honour concerts in Diksmuide (West Flanders) BELGIAN last weekend and in Bellegem (West Flanders, near Kortrijk) last April.
The suspects possibly organised other concerts as well. The investigation started after a German undercover journalist attended the Blood and Honour concert in Bellegem BELGIAN to make a tv-report. The judicial authorities have seized tv-footage from the gathering.
Undercover police officers attending also noticed violations of racism laws. "Some were declaiming racist texts and others gave the Hitler salute", says Eric Van der Sypt of the federal judiciary.
Blood & Honour links to Vlaams Belang. See prior article on Blood and Honour and Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) Party; September 8, 2006,Police raid army barracks 'to foil Nazi terror plot' By David Charter in Brussels...
BELGIAN police claimed yesterday to have foiled a neo-Nazi terrorist plot after arresting 11 soldiers and seizing a large quantity of weapons during raids on five army barracks. The federal prosectutor’s office said that the group had planned to destabilise the country and had apparently infiltrated the military.
It had also amassed a sophisticated range of arms and explosives. Lieve Pellens, a spokeswoman for the office, said: “They were extreme right, with anti-Semitic and xenophobic ideals. They were recruiting in military circles with the aim possibly to move to action.”
All the arrests were made in the Dutch-speaking Flanders region, where there has been a steady rise in support for the far-right anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) Party.
The suspects allegedly belonged to a breakaway faction of the far-right Flemish group Blood and Honour. Police also detained six civilians, who are expected to appear in court today. Prosecutors said that a two-year inquiry into the splinter group Bloed-Bodem-Eer-Trouw (Blood, Soil, Honour, Loyalty) led them to a stockpile of weapons that included a large quantity of ammunition, pistols, rifles and landmine detonators.
A statement relased by the prosecutor’s office said that those arrested were mainly “soldiers and people with an extreme-right ideology who clearly express themselves through racism, xenophobia, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism” and that the alleged ringleader was a serving military man “who intended to put terrorist ideas into practice”. Le Soir newspaper identified the man as “B.T.”, a member of the Belgian Army’s 5th regiment.
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