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article imageOp-Ed: Who is Geert Wilders?

By Andre C James     Oct 14, 2010 in World
The anti-Islam, peroxide blonde Dutch politician and leader of the Party For Freedom (PVV) is currently on trial for charges relating to hate incitement. The question on most people’s minds is who is this man called Geert Wilders and what drives him?
Wilders was born in the city of Venlo, Netherlands, in the province of Limburg on the southeastern Dutch border with Germany. He is one of four siblings whose mother was born in Sukabumi, Indonesia. Incidentally, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.
After completing secondary level education Wilders travelled to Israel where he spent a number of years working in a Moshav (a type of Israeli town or settlement with communal labour). He formulated his views on Arabs and the neighbouring Arab states during these years.
On his return to the Netherlands, Wilders started work in the Health insurance industry and then flourished as a speech writer for the Peoples Party for Freedom and Democracy. From 1980 to 1998 Wilders worked as a parliamentary assistant for Liberal Party leader Frits Bolkestein. Under Bolkestein’s influence, Wilders formulated his views on immigration laws and so began Wilders formal introduction to politics.
During recent years, Wilders has travelled to Israel numerous times and holds strong ties to US Jewish lobby groups. There have also been reports that Wilders is working closely with Israel’s secret service Mossad. An expert of the Center of Sociological Research in Berlin, Ruud Koopmans, said:”...Our center does not rule out that the Dutch politician Geert Wilders provides special services to the Mossad...”
Wilders himself claims to be an atheist and thinks that Dutch Christians are his allies because they share a common view that the Quran should be banned, ladies wearing Hijabs should be taxed and immigrant minorities should be deported.
Wilders is currently standing trail for hate speech charges stemming from his short Internet film entitled "Fitna," which denounced the Quran as a fascist book that inspires terrorism. The film aroused anti-Dutch protests around the Muslim world, and he was banned for several months from entering Britain.
Yet Wilders is unrepentant and said he now wants to take his message outside the Netherlands.
"The fight for freedom and (against) Islamisation as I see it is a worldwide phenomenon and problem to be solved," he said.
Wilders declined to name any of the other founders of the organisation he is calling the Geert Wilders International Freedom Alliance. He said he would hold speeches in the five countries where the alliance will first launch in coming months to drum up support.
Wilders has been criticized in the Netherlands for running his party as a one-man show that is shrouded in secrecy.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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