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Dutch Politicians Attend Islamist Movement’s Iftar

May 10th, 2022 15:17

Dutch media is report­ing that Dutch politi­cians have attend­ed a Ramadan fast-break­ing cer­e­mo­ny (iftar) held by the Mil­lî Görüş orga­ni­za­tion and where men and women were seg­re­gat­ed. Accord­ing to the Ned­er­lands Dag­blad report:

April 25, 2022: Hun­dreds of Mus­lims gath­ered at the Rot­ter­dam Mark­thal in the open air for the Street Iftar. With this event, Mil­li Görüş wants to invite all Rot­ter­dammers to the tra­di­tion­al meal at the break­ing of the fast. Joan Nun­nely holds a date between her thumb and fore­fin­ger. ‘So then you say ‘bis­mil­lah’ and then you eat it?’ she inquires. The Rot­ter­dam D66 coun­cilor will not often say that: ‘in the name of God’ in Ara­bic. Nun­nely sits on a pic­nic bench by the Street Iftar, orga­nized by the stu­dent branch of the Islam­ic Com­mu­ni­ty Mil­li Görüş (IGMG). There are more coun­cil mem­bers present, includ­ing from Groen­Links and DENK. [Trans­lat­ed by Google]

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The D66 describes itself as an inter­na­tion­al­ly-mind­ed lib­er­al-demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty found­ed in 1966.

The pres­ence of politi­cians from Groen­Links, a left-wing polit­i­cal par­ty asso­ci­at­ed with the Euro­pean Green Par­ty, is of par­tic­u­lar inter­est. The Groen­Links par­ty leader has said it was a bad idea for one of its politi­cians, Kau­thar Bouchal­likht, to have giv­en a gen­der-seg­re­gat­ed train­ing at a Mil­lî Görüş orga­ni­za­tion, and the Ned­er­lands Dag­blad arti­cle says the iftar was also seg­re­gat­ed. The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has report­ed on the can­di­da­cy and elec­tion of Bouchal­likt, who was an offi­cer of the Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions, the youth/student arm of the Euro­pean Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

DENK is a pro­gres­sive Dutch migrant par­ty with a strong pro-Turk­ish stance and which has met with a lob­by group affil­i­at­ed with Turkey’s rul­ing par­ty. In May 2021, the GIOR report­ed that for­mer DENK chair and co-founder Tuna­han Kuzu had par­tic­i­pat­ed in a pro-Pales­tine protest in the Hague where anti-Semit­ic slo­gans were shouted.

The Islam­ic Com­mu­ni­ty Mil­lî Görüş is a part of the Mil­lî Görüş move­ment, a Turk­ish reli­gious and polit­i­cal move­ment found­ed by Necmet­tin Erbakan, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s polit­i­cal men­tor and which has called for an end to the sec­u­lar regime in Turkey. The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has report­ed that accord­ing to the Ger­man gov­ern­ment, Erdoğan’s AKP par­ty has inten­si­fied its rela­tions with Mil­lî Görüş in Germany.