Head of Intelligence Service: Jihadis are as Dutch as Wooden Shoes
Rob Bertholee, the head of the Dutch General Intelligence service AIVD has said at a congress in the United Sates that most of the Dutch jihadis who travel to Syria or Iraq are as Dutch as wooden shoes and windmills. Nevertheless they radicalize. Bertholee remarked that the jihadis come out of all layers of Dutch society, including very good families. Some have a university degree.
There was even a medical doctor among them. He added that there are also criminal elements among them. Bertholee observed: “once seven jihadis from one town left simultaneously and the crime figures thereupon decreased. Bertholee also mentioned culture conflicts, saying: “many are not accepted in Dutch society as Dutch nor among Dutch Moroccans as Moroccans.”