Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dutch Businesses Mull Suing Wilders Over Anti-Islam Film

Dutch businesses warned Saturday they would consider suing far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders if his anti-Islam film led to a commercial boycott, as police said cars were set ablaze and graffiti called for Wilders to be killed.

"A boycott would hurt Dutch exports. Businesses such as Shell, Philips and Unilever are easily identifiable as Dutch companies. I don't know if Wilders is rich, or well-insured, but in the case of a boycott, we would look to see if we could make him bear responsibility," Bernard Wientjes, the chairman of the Dutch employers' organization VNO-NCW, told the newspaper Het Financieel Dagblad.

Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad suggested a boycott Saturday. "If Muslims unite, it will be easy to take action. If we boycott Dutch products, they will have to close down their businesses," he told reporters. "If the world's 1.3 billion Muslims unite and say they won't buy, then it (the boycott) will be effective," he said.

The media in Jordan has also called for such a boycott.

Two days after the release of the long-awaited 17-minute documentary "Fitna" on the Internet, Muslim nations including Malaysia and Singapore (sic) have condemned the film, as has the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Although there were no mass disturbances in the Netherlands, in Utrecht two cars were set ablaze overnight, with a slogan calling for the death of Wilders. Police said they could not say with certainty it was connected to the release of "Fitna."

The Dutch prime minister has warned it could be "months" before the consequences of the film were known.

Late Friday the British Web site host pulled "Fitna" from its www.liveleak.com site citing threats made to staff -- although it can still be seen on YouTube and other sites.

Condemnation of the film was led by the U.N.'s Ban, who called it an "offensively anti-Islamic film." "There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free speech is not at stake here," he said in a statement.

Speaking after a Council of Ministers summit on Friday, Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende warned not to be beguiled by the initially calm reception to the film. "We are not past it yet... Sometimes it can take months before the true repercussions are felt," he told journalists.

Malaysia's foreign ministry attacked Wilders for producing the film. "Portraying Islam as a religion advocating extremism is not only misleading and erroneous but also blatant disregard and utter disrespect for Islam and the sensitiveness of the Muslim world," it said in a statement. Malaysia is a multi-racial country with a majority Muslim population.

Neighboring Singapore also condemned the film Saturday, deputy prime minister Wong Kan Seng calling it offensive to Muslims. "Freedom of expression does not give anyone the license to insult another's religion or race," he said in a statement, adding he was confident Singaporeans would react to the film rationally.

Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia, a former Dutch colony, have also objected to the posting of the film,as well as the head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Wilders has denied any responsibility for the repercussions of his film. The head of the Freedom Party, which has nine seats in the Dutch parliament, he has also called for the banning of the Koran in the Netherlands, calling it "fascist." (The China Post, Taiwan)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of us have brains to watch what we want. If muslims find this documentary not to their taste, then don't watch it. Why all the threats about boycotts and murders? For instance, I greatly dislike Osama Laden's video dramatics or George Bush's bullshitting, so I just flip TV channels whenever they appear on screen

8:36 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1st anonymous : Oh, you can do what you want, but others can't do what they want(boycotting, etc)?

Stop contradicting yourself.

9:35 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The juxtaposition of what "freedom of speech" means in the West and in some other countries is stark.

This radical right wing Dutch politician is provoking thought as he confronts the encroaching Islamisation of Europe due to the large influx of people from Muslim nations over the past decades, due to the liberal migration policies allowed by the EU.

I've seen the video and it is definitely lopsided. However, it does show footage that has been seen on TV networks all over the world, so in that respect, it is making its comment on facts though for its own means.

Muslim leaders should rightly issue their complaints and sound their grievances, no doubt but why threaten economic and other sanctions on the Dutch corporations who have nothing to do with this video ?

If the Japanese Yakuza gangs have found to be behind the rise on crime in Malaysia (murders, robberies, etc) and say, Tan Sri Jins Shamsudin made a film out of this showing some factual details of the crimes committed, should the Japanese stop buying LNG from Petronas ? And should the Yakuza put a hit on the good Tan Sri ?

12:26 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[[Condemnation of the film was led by the U.N.'s Ban, who called it an "offensively anti-Islamic film." ]] Every person with a CONSCIENCE not banged dead knows that the UN has been and is an outright failure. One should read Pedro Sanjuan's book on "The UN Gang" where he describes the genesis of an extremely anti-Semitic Arab state mafia blackmailing the "international community" to spend an enormous portion of its time on Israel and to vote for "just decisions" against the "terror state". Pretending to be a "secular institution", the UN administration offers a prayer facility to the believers in Islam - as the only religion. Already in 1974, against all written and unwritten rules, the UN UN gave standing ovations to Yassir Arafat, having spoken, armed with a Smith & Wesson revolver. So far for "unjust treatment" of Islamic and/or Palestinian interests in the UN.

Like his predecessors, Ban makes an obedient dhimmi on bended knees grovelling and snivelling to terrorism. It is well known that the UN is helmed by rapists, thugs, anti semites. Useful idiots to terrorists, best friends of Hamas and Hizbollah, the UN is an outright failure.
the 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks; or the 6 million Ukrainians slaughtered by Stalin; or the tens of millions of other Soviet citizens killed by Stalin's Soviet Union; or the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their helpers throughout Europe; or the 60 million Chinese butchered by Mao; or the 2 million Cambodians murdered by Pol Pot; or the millions killed and enslaved in Sudan; or the Tutsis murdered in Rwanda's genocide; or the millions starved to death and enslaved in North Korea; or the million Tibetans killed by the Chinese. ASK Ask any of these poor souls, or the hundreds of millions of others slaughtered, tortured, raped and enslaved in the last 100 years, if "world opinion" (UN) did anything for them. On the other hand, we learn that "world opinion" is quite exercised over Israel's unintentional killing of a few hundred Lebanese in the UN favoured Hizbollah vs Israel; war, and now the thousands of rockets by Hamas and Fatah where Israel is not supposed to defend herself.

Hamas MP, Fathi Hammad on February 29, 2008 and broadcast on the Al Aqsa television channel, is currently circulating on the Internet with English subtitles ( www.memritv.org/clip/en/1710.htm "We Used Women and Children as Human Shields"). "For the Palestinian people", Hammad boasts in Arabic, "death has become an industry at which women excel and so do all the people living on this land." Who says Islam does not practise child sacrifice? Where was UN's voice of condemnation? The UN is a partner to terrorism in that it keeps mum when pregnant women are strapped with bombs to murder innocents. Were there loud condemnation from any govt akin to Wilder's Fitna?

This is what the UN does BEST:
slam down the voice of Conscience and encourage evil to flourish;
constantly berate Israel grovelling to Wahabbi lolly to enrich their fat bank accounts and remain SILENT about the world's cruellest countries as mentioned in an earlier post.

WAR AGAINST TERROR? Right now, in the sudan, muslims target christian women and children to be hacked up with machettes. it's to maim, spread terror maintain control... and it's for fun.

Last year, indonesia executed 48,000 christians for the following crime: being christian.

UN HRC condemns Islam’s defamation . The UN Human Rights Council adopted Thursday the resolution — proposed by Islamic countries — on a 21-10 vote over the opposition of Europe and Canada.

The European Union said the text was one-sided because it primarily focused on Islam as the only religion specified as being attacked. Have you heard any rabbis calling for a law against defaming Judaism? . Has the Pope called for laws against defaming Christians? Has the Dalai Lama been heard from? Have the leaders of other religions made similar calls?

It only proves to the whole world that islam cannot stand scrutiny!!
The proof is in the rabid reaction
of muslims running beserk, burning, murdering at will. People who never contribute to society and are parasites cannot possibly have any feeling of damage, no?

6:51 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free download of a very good book which explains "Fitna"

http://dl1.s4.mihd.net/w30pmldg/blight_of_asia_1926.pdf

9:11 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mentally derelict despot Mahathai, like all muslims, keep on repeating like retards 1.3 billion muslims. BOLLOCKS! The figure is between 750-800 million and that is fast declining. Is! Islam-Watch website reports in Russia, some two million ethnic Muslims converted to Christianity last year. Ten thousand French Muslims converted, as did 35,000 Turkish Muslims. In India, approximately 10,000 people abandoned Islam for Christianity. In his book Epicenter, author Joel Rosenberg details amazing stories of Muslims converting to Christianity. In Algeria, the birthplace of St. Augustine, more than 80,000 Muslims have turned to Christ in recent years. This, despite the stiff opposition from Islamic clerics who have passed laws banning evangelism. In Morocco, newspaper articles openly worry that 25,000 to 40,000 Muslims have become followers of Christ in recent years. The stories are even more amazing in the heart of the Middle East. In 1996, the Egyptian Bible Society sold just 3,000 video copies of the JESUS film. In the year 2000, they sold an incredible 600,000 copies. In Sudan, as many as five million Muslims have accepted Christ since the early 1990s, despite horrific persecution of Christians by the Sudanese government. What is behind the mass conversions? According to a Sudanese evangelical leader, “People have seen real Islam, and they want Jesus instead.” In Iraq, “More than 5,000 Muslim converts to Christianity have been identified since the end of major combat operations,” says Islam Watch. And just a few days ago, the first-ever Roman Catholic church was consecrated in Qatar, a Sunni Muslim state where the Wahhabi brand of Islam is practiced. This was the first time Christians in Qatar have been allowed to practice their faith openly. Ten thousand people attended the opening mass. These conversions have not escaped the notice of Islamic leaders. In 2001, Sheikh Ahmad Al Qatanni, a leading Saudi cleric, delivered the disturbing news on Al-Jazeera: Every day, he said, “16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity . . . every year, that is six million Muslims becoming Christians . . . A tragedy has happened.” It is possible the sheikh was inflating his numbers to incite a reaction against Christianity.

But clearly, something is happening. Could it be that their shared father Abraham's God has seen into the hearts of those redeemable and led them to His Son Jesus while the rest are to be annihilated? Wasn't Ishmael cursed even while in the womb?

9:21 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world sees muslim as a threat. The jews seen it a long time ago and become savage people stealing land from their rightful owners.

For every 1 Muslims convert to Christian, 3 Christians, 3 Hindus, 3 Buddhas embraced Islam.

The Holy Torah is now full of errors scripted by the hand of humans who are hungry for power. The Holy Bible was suppose to replace, update and corrected the message but end up the same fate. Nowadays, only the Holy Qur'an remains as true words of God. As He himself has promised to protect It.

The world is now blinded by the hands of people who do not believe the existence of God. They deny Christian as much as they deny Islam.

Boycott All Danish Product !!!!

8:50 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous kunyit said...

dear anon 9:21 & 8:50, stop preaching your religion. we have no interest in your statistics or whatever. what we want to hear & see is how many people are going to get killed & financial losses dutch MNCs going to see...this dutch MP had done the damage, we'll see how will he stand the pressure from the MNCs in Holland & the death threats he'll receive in this coming months. only arabs & south indians will get angry because they are religious fanatics & close minded, they remind me of the christians in the dark ages. We the malaysian muslims couldn't be bothered except that my car won't run smoothly without shell's V Power because some idiots going to burn those petrol pumps with the clam shell logo on it. you can write/make/compose whatever you want, but don't expect us to react according to your liking...like monkeys precisely.

2:08 AM GMT+8  

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