It has been called “Halal House”. Islamically correct apartment complexes. It’s the last frontier of Dutch multicultural policies that encouraged immigrants to live in parallel societies.
From the outside, the apartments of the Amsterdam neighborhoods of Bos and Lommer look like ordinary suburban blocks for married couples. But inside, the Dutch authorities furnished the houses in accordance with Islamic law.
The dining rooms and kitchens, for example, are divided in order to separate men and women, according to Koranic rules.
For the first time, a complex of two hundred houses in the suburbs of Amsterdam has been fully adapted to the needs of Muslims.
The apartments feature a cupboard for shoes and water for ritual ablutions. Also, satellite dishes on the roofs allow people to connect to the major television stations in the Islamic world.
The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, who was also the Minister of Integration, is determined to make his city “a model of multiculturalism”. And this model is based on segregation.
Recently, the Dutch government established that, in the name of “better integration”, schools must give students a certain number of hours on homosexuality. This was decided by the Education Minister, Marja van Bijsterveldt. The Amsterdam education curriculum doesn’t mention the union between “a man and a woman,” but “between two people of the same sex.” The science textbooks have decided to change the definition of “couple”. The initiative comes from the Noordhoff publishing house which prepared the biology textbooks for primary and secondary schools.
Amsterdam is also experiencing so-called “gay areas”. The unusual signs have been installed at the entrances of a park in Amsterdam, Slotervaart, the place where Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, lived.
At the Montessori school Rietlanden/8th of Amsterdam there are two entrances, one for Dutch natives and one for immigrants. The measure was planned to “facilitate” their integration.
It’s the same government that admits that “a third of the schools promote segregation.” 680 schools in Holland are now composed of a majority of an ethnic homogeneity. A study by the Open Society Institute speaks of “concentration camp neighborhoods” for ten percent of the four largest Dutch cities.
30 percent of Dutch Muslims want sharia in the Netherlands, where 80 percent of children of immigrants still continue to “import” wives from their countries of origin, such as Turkey and Morocco. Separation between men and women is funded by the state. The Den Hommel pool offers lessons for Muslim men only. Sharia is implemented in the name of “non-discrimination”.
Muslim lawyers in Rotterdam changed the rules of the courtroom, asking to be allowed to remain seated when the judge enters. They recognize only Allah. The court of Rotterdam has recognized the right to remain seated: “There is no legal obligation requiring Muslim lawyers to stand in front of the court, insofar as this action is in contrast with the dictates of the Islamic faith.”
Everywhere in Europe there are hundreds of apartheid Islamic areas. In France, large swaths of Islamic neighborhoods are considered “no-entry” zones. There are 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) in the French government website with satellite maps and street demarcations. Including heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens.
In Germany, Chief Police Commissioner Bernhard Witthaut said that that Muslims are creating “no-entry” zones in cities across Germany at an alarming rate. The prestigious weekly magazine Der Spiegel, the voice of liberal journalism, published an essay titled “The role of Islamic Law in the German courts.” Important elements of the law used in Saudi Arabia in the VII century have been merged with the German one.
A judge in Hannover rejected the divorce of a German woman married to an Egyptian who threatened to kill his raped daughter: “Muslims have a different concept of rape than Europeans”, the judge said. A judge has ruled in Essen that Muslim students can not be forced to participate to swimming lessons: “Incompatible with their religion.”
A judge in Dortmund, citing the Koran, determined that a father can beat his daughter who refuses to wear the veil. A prosecutor in Frankfurt denied a divorce to a Moroccan born in Germany, who for years was beaten and threatened with death by her husband on the grounds that “In the Koran it is allowed that the man punishes his wife.”
German schools issued instructions to male teachers not to shake hands with Muslim girls after handing over their graduation documents. “This is haram (impermissible) in Islam”. The Dutch Committee for Equal Treatment, a kind of Orwellian commission for equality, ruled that a teacher of Islamic faith may refuse to shake the hand of a man. Many Orthodox Jewish women also do not shake hands with men, but that would never be taken into consideration in a German school, and, in stark contrast, they have no plans to impose their way of life on others – not even on other Jews.
In Denmark, Sweden and England “Sharia Law Zones” already function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Islamic law.
In the Netherlands, Dutch judges ordered the authorities to release to the public a list of 40 “no-entry” zones. The most sensitive are in Rotterdam.
I spent a week there to understand the new Europe. Everywhere are casbah-cafes, travel agencies offering flights to Rabat and Casablanca, posters expressing solidarity with Hamas, or offering affordable Dutch language lessons. The Turkish Mevlana mosque is imposing. It has the tallest minarets in Europe, even higher than the stadium of the Feyenoord soccer team.
In Rotterdam I met Sylvain Ephimenco, a Franco-Dutch journalist who has been living in Holland for twelve years. For twenty years, he was the “Libération” correspondent, and is proud of his leftist credentials: “When I arrived here, during the 1960’s, religion was dying, a unique event in Europe, a collective de-Christianization. Then the Muslims brought religion back to the center of social life”.
The same Europe which falsely charges Israel of imposing apartheid on Route 60 in Judea and Samaria established Islamic segregation in its own midst. It’s not difficult to imagine how the confrontation between European atheistic apathy and Islamist theological turmoil will end.
Like the Berlin wall, the multicultural wall is separating Europe. But unlike communist slavery which was defeated by freedom, this time Europe could meet a different end.
As a German politician said: “If you put the Koran above the German constitution, then I can only say: Good night, Germany”.
Good night, Europe.
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.