Press release of Likud of the Netherlands, July 25, 2016.
The Dutch government was asked if they agreed with honoring as a ‘martyr’ the murderer of the13-year-old Israeli girl Hallel Ariel, as was done by the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Likud of the Netherlands the government acknowledged it subsidizes the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
It said this was fitting for the Dutch government in the context of promoting “freedom of speech”.
However, Ma’an honored the terrorist who last month a 13-year-old Israeli girl (pictured) killed while asleep in her bedroom, as an “Islamic martyr”. That’s somebody in the Islamic doctrine that died in the jihad – the struggle against the “infidels,” and therefore goes straight to the Islamic paradise, where he will be rewarded with 72 virgins.
But the Dutch government considers this glorification of violence no reason not to give more ‘development help’ to Ma’an, because it said that this is a good method to promote “human rights” and to achieve the desired “diversity” in Palestinian media.
After all, writes the Ministry: “according to the Palestinians a martyr is someone who perishes in the struggle for the Palestinian cause and ending the Israeli occupation.” That is simply “the local context.”
Is it not wrong that in the last year dozens of innocent Israeli civilians including children were killed by this kind of incitement, supported with Dutch tax money?
Apparently not, because the murders are, according to the Ministry, just “the way of Palestinians to resist against the occupation.”
That 98% of Palestinians are not living under occupation but under Palestinian self-rule, and that the Muslim fundamentalists do not murder to fight against ‘occupation’ but to gain access to the Islamic paradise, therefore the Dutch government – still – sticks her head deep in the sand.
While a look at Wikipedia reveals what is really meant by it: the concept of shahid (martyr) has a deep religious meaning. It is a Muslim who dies while performing his duty to Islam – during the jihad, with the paradise as a reward.
In response to questions of parliament the Dutch Government then replied that: “The government will not support organizations that anti-Semitic expressions or glorify terrorism.” So that proves to be only a very empty phrase.
Update: The U.S. based newspaper ‘Algemeiner’ took notice in this article: Israeli-Dutch Political Group: Netherlands Refuses to Condemn Palestinian Media Honoring Terrorists as ‘Martyrs’.