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.
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