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‘Islam debate will not stop’

7 October 2007 - In twenty six years, Amsterdam will still be debating the role of Islam, multiculturalism, secularism and free speech over Heineken and jenever, predicts British academic Fred Halliday in an article at the openDemocracy website.

In the past, Halliday has been a fellow at the Transnational Institute. Last month, he returned to Amsterdam for a debate with VVD’s Frits Bolkestein at de Balie. He also visited the location where film maker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a radical Muslim in 2004, noting that unlike London, Madrid and New York, this site does not have a memorial.

Halliday suggests that at a subconscious level, the Dutch obsession with Islam may have something to do with ‘the impact and shame’ of the 8,000 Muslims who were deported and killed in Srebrenica, virtually under the eyes of Dutch UN troops.

However, he also stresses that the issues the Dutch are struggling with are European issues. “What is urgently needed, for reasons of common political challenge and of self-critical debate, is to break out of the national confines and terms of each argument and discuss the issues at a European level”.

Photo: no memorial at the Linnaeusstraat (of course, there is one in the nearby Oosterpark). openDemocracy


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