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    Love bridges Dutch racial divide

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programme...ld/4237356.stm
    Love bridges Dutch racial divide
    By Ivan O'Mahoney
    Producer/director, World Weddings: A Game of Two Halves


    Mohammed Allach - the most prominent Muslim footballer in the Netherlands - is about to marry his blonde Dutch fiancee, Sanne.

    In the famously tolerant Netherlands a multicultural wedding should not be anything exceptional, but as Mohammed and Sanne will tell you, things are not what they used to be.

    Last November, controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim fundamentalist.

    In the aftermath, simmering racial tensions boiled over and a spate of arson attacks set mosques, Islamic primary schools and churches ablaze.

    While the Netherlands' social consensus is crumbling, Sanne and Mohammed are hoping their union will be a symbol of harmony and racial tolerance.


    I got e-mails from Muslim women who'd been spat at in markets, even beaten
    Mohammed Allach
    "The killing of Van Gogh made a big impact on me," says Mohammed, who is of Moroccan descent but was born in the Netherlands.

    "For the first time, I didn't feel at home here. It was really frightening.

    "I got e-mails from Muslim women who'd been spat at in markets, even beaten. Their children too."

    One million of the Netherlands' 16 million people are Muslim. Mohammed says that their further integration into Dutch society is the only way out of the current crisis.

    "The Dutch should give young Moroccans better opportunities," he says, but acknowledges that Moroccans too have to try harder.

    "They assume a victim mentality too easily. Instead they should work hard at making the most of themselves."

    Similar values

    Mohammed recently founded Moroquistars, an organisation aiming to improve understanding between white Dutch youths and young Moroccans, using sports events as a bridge.

    Sanne quit her job as a marketing manager to run Mohammed's foundation.

    "It's all a matter of engaging with each other," says Sanne.


    "Once you actually talk to Muslims, you'll find often their values are pretty similar to ours."

    But it is a message that many Dutch are sceptical about.

    At a party with Sanne's former work colleagues the conversation is jolly until it turns to the issue of immigration.

    "I have a friend at an employment agency," says Sanne's friend Els. "She tells me she'll hire 100 Turks for factory work, but never Moroccans, because they are all lazy."

    "And what about the prisons?" asks another colleague. "All the inmates are dark skinned. I am not saying they are all Moroccans, but ..."

    A third colleague jumps in. "Most crimes are committed by Moroccans, that's a fact."

    Public unease

    While Moroccan crime might be disproportionate to their numbers, most crime is actually committed by whites, not Moroccans.

    Yet it is Moroccan crime that usually makes headlines, leaving young Muslims feeling that they are deliberately targeted.

    Divisive forces, however, do exist on both sides of society's spectrum.

    One issue that deeply worries the Dutch is the rise in Islamic fundamentalism.

    It is close to home for Sanne and Mohammed.

    Sanne's sister Marlou was a teacher at an Islamic primary school five years ago when during a lesson a nine-year-old Muslim boy announced that he wanted to become a jet pilot "to bomb the Jews".

    It turned out that the boy had been shown a Hamas propaganda video during religion classes.

    A subsequent report by the Dutch intelligence service suggested 20% of Muslim schools in the Netherlands were funded by extreme Islamist sources.

    Perceptions of Muslims worsened when after Van Gogh's killing, Dutch police raided a house in The Hague, claiming it had broken up an Islamic terrorist cell that had intended to attack Dutch targets.

    Optimism

    Despite the dark clouds over the multicultural landscape, Mohammed and Sanne are optimistic.

    There is light relief in the wedding preparations when Mo and Sanne visit the local jeweller.


    Young people in the Netherlands mix when they are young, but when they marry they stick with their own colour
    Mohammed Allach
    "Catholics wear their ring on the left hand," says the jeweller, "Protestants on the right."

    That is of little use to Mohammed.

    "What about Muslims?" he asks jokingly.

    "Not a clue," replies the jeweller. In Eindhoven, a city of 200,000 this is the first interracial marriage he has encountered.

    "Young people in the Netherlands," he says apologetically, "mix when they are young, but when they marry they stick with their own colour. It's safer."

    Meanwhile Mo's team Venlo is doing well in the league.

    They have secured a spot in the play-offs for promotion to the premiership.

    The fans are happy, chanting "Allach is great, ole, ole !"

    The local anthem affectionately puns on Mohammed's family name and religion.

    But Mohammed says that recent events have also led to serious racial abuse against Muslim footballers - including the use of an obscene term coined by Van Gogh himself.

    "It's all connected to what's going on in the world," says Mohammed. "It started with 9/11, then the Van Gogh killing. Islam is the subject."


    To counter racism in football the Dutch football association has just imposed a new policy under which referees are required to stop the game when racist abuse is chanted.

    The Dutch government says it too is tackling the rise in racial tensions.

    It is proposing a radical new law which will make it compulsory for most would-be non-Western immigrants to take a Dutch citizenship test before they leave their countries.

    Mohammed's younger brother Monsif sped up his marriage to a Moroccan girl named Imhem to beat the new law.

    "When we heard about the new immigration policy, many Moroccans and Turks quickly brought a bride from their home countries.

    "I am not against the test, but it's just a hassle. Like getting your driver's licence."

    Two days before the wedding, Mohammed's football season ends in disappointment.

    His team didn't win the play-offs; promotion is off for at least a year.

    "Mixed emotions," he says. "We did well in the league but not the play-offs.

    "I am sad now, but in two days time I'll be the happiest guy on earth."

    The wedding is exactly what Mo and Sanne had hoped for: multicultural, relaxed, everyone having fun.

    The mayor says that seeing this young mixed couple get married fills him with hope for the future of the Netherlands.
    A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors
    will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendents.

    Lord Macauley

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    I saw the article, truly disgusting! That woman is so beautiful and purely Nordic... what a shame!!! :

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigel
    "Young people in the Netherlands," he says apologetically, "mix when they are young, but when they marry they stick with their own colour. It's safer."
    Interesting... and positive. It suggests that, in spite of all the forced integration, most people's natural racial instincts lead them to stay with their own kind.

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    It is proposing a radical new law which will make it compulsory for most would-be non-Western immigrants to take a Dutch citizenship test before they leave their countries.

    Mohammed's younger brother Monsif sped up his marriage to a Moroccan girl named Imhem to beat the new law.

    "When we heard about the new immigration policy, many Moroccans and Turks quickly brought a bride from their home countries.
    Weird. There could be only one immigration policy - no immigration at all policy.

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    Pure propaganda. As the article itself acknowledges, common people know the truth now and won't be told any more pc lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigel
    "Once you actually talk to Muslims, you'll find often their values are pretty similar to ours."
    Says a woman who is going to marry a Muslim? Hope she don't face any unpleasant surprises later in her marriage. :

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigel
    Sanne's sister Marlou was a teacher at an Islamic primary school five years ago when during a lesson a nine-year-old Muslim boy announced that he wanted to become a jet pilot "to bomb the Jews".

    It turned out that the boy had been shown a Hamas propaganda video during religion classes.

    A subsequent report by the Dutch intelligence service suggested 20% of Muslim schools in the Netherlands were funded by extreme Islamist sources.
    I think the Dutch can now cease the tolerance BS, at least as long as there are certain elements in their society.

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    A real tragedy.... :frown:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    A real tragedy.... :frown:




    Fifty people trapped down a mine is a tragedy. Some stupid slapper marrying a celebrity Arab for his money isn't.

    I've done better than that on a wet weekend in Margate. Never had to buy her ring afterwards either. LOL.
    "If you are going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise they'll kill you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuddorsped
    I've done better than that on a wet weekend in Margate. Never had to buy her ring afterwards either. LOL.
    : When's the next "boys' night out" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalevi
    Says a woman who is going to marry a Muslim? Hope she don't face any unpleasant surprises later in her marriage. :


    And I hope she will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    : When's the next "boys' night out" ?
    Just had it in fact. Luckily there were no court appearances afterwards this time!

    Makes a change.

    "If you are going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise they'll kill you."

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