Amsterdam: 'The only solution to Gaza is the reestablishment of the Khalifate'

Amsterdam: 'The only solution to Gaza is the reestablishment of the Khalifate'

Update below.


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) canceled a meeting of the Islamic student association Al Furqan. They organized a lecture in the buildings of the educational facility Friday about the war in Gaza, inviting the terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. The speaker would have argued that the only solution for the conflict was the establishment of an Islamic state. Moreover, men and women would have been sitted separately.

The only solution to the misery in Gaza
is the reestablishment of the Islamic state, the Khalifate

According to a spokesperson the student who asked for permission to organize the meeting did not say what precisely would happen. The university discovered that only at the last moment.

Martin Bosma, PVV spokesperson for women's emancipation and higher education, immediately sent a written question to minister Plasterk about the meeting. "This is unbelievable, the UvA will allow segregation," raged Bosma. "What should be a stronghold of learning will slip down now into an institute where medieval practices take place. A terrorist organization may come there to argue for the kalifate and apartheid is yet also enforced."

The speaker of the evening, Okay Pala, belongs to the terror group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Pala was in the news in the past because he made death threats against Geert Wilders. He said last year to the Telegraaf that his group rejected freedom of speech and democracy.

Hizb ut-Tahrir ('freedom party') thinks that the whole would should be under the flag of Islam. the Dutch intelligence service AIVD said in the past that the organization consists of Muslim radicals.

Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)



Al Furqan, the Islamic student association of the University of Amsterdam, are indigantabout the canceled lecture. "We think it's discriminating."

Al Furqan say that they want to attract both men and women to their activities and being a Muslim based organization, men and women therefore don't sit by each other. "That is an Islamic commandment to which the individual administrators feel committed. Moreover, this commandant is subscribed to by the target group. It has nothing to do with women's emancipation of lack thereof."

The student organization say they feel hampered in the exercise of their right to association and free speech by the cancellation. The administration thinks there is an issue here of indirect discrimination on basis of religion.

Al Furqan intends to yet have the lecture at a later time in the announced building of the UvA.

Source: Telegraaf (Dutch)

See also: Netherlands: Hizb ut-Tahrir threatening with violence

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