via The Irish Times
There have been calls for an urgent debate in the Dutch parliament about the integration of Muslim immigrants amid claims that one area of The Hague, known locally as “the Sharia triangle”, is being run by a form of unofficial Sharia police.
The claims relate to the district of Schilderswijk, about two kilometres from the city centre, where an almost entirely Muslim population of some 5,000 people surrounds the El Islam mosque, fuelling criticism that the government has failed to ensure a proper ethnic mix in schools and local housing. One recent investigation, in which local people were extensively interviewed, concluded that Schilderswijk had become “orthodox Muslim territory” which was now largely ignored by the city authorities, by politicians and even by the police, on the grounds that it had become self-regulating.
The investigation found that orthodox Muslims had become so dominant that they were dictating what people in the neighbourhood wore and how they behaved.
“The norms of the majority are beginning to take over,” it said.
In the case of women, dress was a particular issue. One woman told how her daughter had been approached and told her short skirt was inappropriate, while her son had been called a “kaffir” – a racist term formerly used in colonial South Africa to refer to a black person – for smoking.
A youth who had previously been involved in local gangs said that criminality had dropped off, not because of the police, but because he and his friends were “afraid of the wrath of Allah”.
Another man said he felt he was gradually being driven out of his home because he had a dog, and many traditional Muslims tended not to keep or favour dogs.
A veiled Muslim woman, however, defended Islamic practices, and said dressing modestly would “do the locals good”. She pointed out that women in the Dutch ultra-conservative, largely Protestant, Bible Belt also wore long dresses, and that shops there were closed on Sunday – as many in Schilderswijk were on Fridays.
Local police chief Michel de Roos said: “We have no indications there is a form of Sharia police here. That is not to say it does not happen, but we are unaware of it.”
Last Tuesday, social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher and right-wing Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders paid separate visits to the area, and are to report to parliament.
More: Haagse buurt domein orthodoxe moslims (via Google translate)
Part of the Hague Schilderswijk develops into an enclave of orthodox Muslims. There are more orthodox Muslims together than elsewhere in the city and they want to apply their rules on the street.
Residents who are non-Muslim, but also moderate Muslims, have this problem. They say they are held accountable for things they do not like the Orthodox majority, such as smoking in the streets and the use of alcohol and pork on the street.
Loyalty the past two months regularly visited the tip of “The Forgotten Triangle – nearby so named because it used to be ‘forgotten’ in urban renewal. There are mostly older homes porch, where an estimated 5,000 Schilderswijkers live. Nearby are three mosques that are known as Salafist.
The tip of the triangle is also now called “The Sharia Triangle ‘or even’ the point of the Sword ‘, according to interviews with dozens of residents, former residents, young people, volunteers and professionals from government and civil society organizations. They see all years since the development of a ‘small kalifaatje’ and the introduction of a ‘mini-Sharia’.
There are examples of police officers involved in reports in that neighborhood were ordered to leave, because the residents’ problems it would solve itself. Fortunately, say people in the neighborhood, the agents are not gone, but they fear for the day that this will happen again.
Girls are addressed by veiled women who show their disapproval about ‘skirts above the knee “and” dresses with spaghetti straps. A veiled Muslim woman says about that “women in the deepest core of the bible belt still wear long skirts and also that there is not worked? Sunday in Staphorst. The majority states, “that’s where this so-called democracy Netherlands is built, but woe if somewhere or another foreign group the majority ‘, the Muslim.
The Hague is yesterday morning asked for a response, but could in the short term ‘careful and substantive’ give response to this “complex issue”.