This article by Dr.Gerstenfeld was first published in INN and republished here with the author’s consent…
Dutch Narco-State pays for Investigation of Israeli Supreme Court
Within the broad array of European arrogance toward Israel the Netherlands holds a special place. The Dutch have an unofficial policy of obfuscating — or only superficially investigating — their major crimes. This is true for instance concerning their colonial past in what is now Indonesia. A lengthy thesis by a historian claims that the Dutch colonial history was as cruel as that of the British, French and Portuguese in their colonies.1
The latest in this ‘hiding of information policy’ is that it has only now been published that at least 70 civilians in Iraq were killed by Dutch pilots in the battle against ISIS.2 It has also become known that the Ministry of Defense and Security knew these facts since 2015.3 So far the detailed internal report of the Ministry about these killings has not been found.4
This obfuscating policy also emboldens the Dutch government in its attitude toward Israel. Earlier this year the extreme leftist Israeli NGO B’tselem published a report attacking the Israeli Supreme Court about its decisions on construction in the West Bank.5 The Dutch Government financed this study.
In the agreement between B’tselem and the Dutch government the latter stated that “the situation [in Israel] of human rights development, rights of women, the most serious violations and freedom of expression are all under pressure.” The Dutch government specified the report’s goals and aimed to “erode the status quo by challenging the principal mechanisms that maintain the occupation (…).”6
The Israeli Supreme Court enjoys high standing in international legal circles.7 There were several parliamentary questions about this extreme interference of the Netherlands in Israel’s internal affairs.8 The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, said that the mission of B’tselem is perfectly in line with the Dutch policy: “which aims at realization of peace and security through reaching a two-state solution”.9 Blok did not explain how creating a Palestinian state, led either by the majority party, the genocide promoting Hamas or Fatah which rewards murders of civilians, increases peace and security.
Blok who has little background in foreign policy succeeded Halbe Zijlstra. The latter resigned as Minister of Foreign Affairs after less than four months in office when he was found out to have lied. He falsely claimed to have attended a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006.10
The Dutch government could only allow itself such a major impertinence against Israel because it knew that the Israeli government would not react in kind to this travesty. The Israeli non-reaction was a pity. A very interesting report could have easily been written about the major shortcomings of Dutch justice and police. What would have come to international attention would have been damning for the country.
Since 2015 two Dutch ministers of justice and two deputy ministers had to resign because they misled parliament. One of the ministers was Ivo Opstelten who resigned in 2015.11 Only a few weeks ago, Opstelten admitted that he committed a series of blunders about a deal made by his deputy, Fred Teeven. The latter had – when he was a prosecutor – left more than two million Euros in the hands of a major drug-criminal when the latter agreed to pay a fine.12 Opstelten also revealed that after one debate his wife said that his statement in parliament was just about the most stupid thing possible.13
Opstelten’s successor as minister, Aard van der Steur, resigned in January 2017. Media write that his ministry was marked by many incidents, incomplete information and careless communication. It was revealed that Van der Steur knew the amount of the so-called “Teeven-deal” when he was a member of parliament, but had exercised pressure to withhold the information from parliament.14
In May 2019, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Security, Mark Harbers, resigned. He was responsible for asylum matters. It turned out that his ministry had distorted data about criminality among asylum seekers. The ministry’s report had given exact numbers about cases of shoplifting and stealing of bicycles. Yet serious offenses by asylum seekers such as suspicions of sexual crimes, murders and attempting manslaughter had been included under the nondescript heading “other crimes”.15
From the 2018 annual report of the Dutch public prosecution, it became known that organized crime in the Netherlands is increasing. Furthermore, also the leakage of information from the police is increasing. The report also said that during 2018 the police did not do anything with 27,500 complaints of criminal acts. This despite the fact that there was information for investigation and prosecution.16
A special committee investigated the goings on in the public prosecution department. The “Fokkens report” found that internal relations at the top had been disturbed in a major way as a result of a longtime hidden romantic relationship between two top-prosecutors.17
In August 2019, the current Minister of Justice and Security, Ferd Grapperhaus, said that drug criminality in the Netherlands would have to be confronted. He added that otherwise the country would become a narco-state.18 The minister reacted to a report on drug–related criminality in Amsterdam titled “The Backside of Amsterdam.” This document concluded that due to the gigantic amounts of money in the local underworld a giant and violent shadow economy has emerged which is leading to the dislocation of society.19
An independent opinion on the prominent Dutch role in the European drug world was given by a leading Italian expert on the mafia, Roberto Saviano. He said that London and Amsterdam are the two most corrupt cities he has ever seen. Saviano added that this did not concern corruption at street level, but rather the Dutch financial system. The financial infrastructure whitewashes criminal money.20
The above gives an impression of the Dutch reality, which is almost unknown internationally. A more detailed overview than the above summary can expose many more negative facts about the Dutch justice and police system as well as the Netherlands in general.
1 Remy Limpach, De brandende kampongs van Generaal Spoor, (Amsterdam: Boom, 2016).
7 Manfred Gerstenfeld, Israel and Europe: an expanding Abyss? (Jerusalem: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Adenauer Foundation, 2005). Interview with Trevor Asserson “The BBC: Widespread Antipathy toward Israel”, 193-207.