Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Number of radical Dutch Muslims growing

from Deutsche Presse-Agentur

The Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD published a report on Tuesday indicating the number of radical Dutch Muslims is on the rise. The reports speaks about an "extremely intolerant and anti-democratic" movement which is reportedly not violent however. According to the intelligence service's information, there are 15 to 20 Salafist preachers in the Netherlands, who are active in 30 to 35 mosques and youth centres. Another 20 Salafist preachers are currently in training. Salafism is a radical and ultra-orthodox movement in Islam. The AIVD reports the radical message of Salafi Muslims appeals to some 20,000 to 30,000 of the Netherlands' 1 million Muslims. Moderate Muslims, Muslim gays and those who have renounced Islam are the primary target of neo-radical Islam, the AIVD writes.

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