A mosque was gutted by an arson attack in the west of Rotterdam in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Here's a view into the mind of the far right:
Lonsdale's website is unfortunately under construction. I did learn, though, that after a previous arson, a Dutch school forbade students from wearing Lonsdale clothing, and that the term "Lonsdale youth" is used here in the Netherlands as a euphemism for young neo-Nazi thugs. I found a story about the rather extensive anti-racism campaign Lonsdale has undertaken, including sponsoring an all-African soccer team in Germany, but the story is on a repulsive site with no attribution of the source (apparently, neo-Nazis believe in plagiarism), so be forewarned. (I was, as usual, annoyed to discover from this site how much power we Jews wield. Am I the only Jew in the world who hasn't been let into the conspiracy? I mean, since we control everything, why can't I get a piece of the action?)
Several slogans were clearly visible on the outside walls of the building in news footage of the building on Wednesday morning. The message in one of the slogans read: "geen moskee in Zuid" (no mosque in south). Another was the word "Lonsdale" along with a cross in a circle, a far-right symbol.
Some Dutch right-wingers, particularly teenagers with fascist sympathises, have a preference for clothing made by the Lonsdale clothing company in the UK because the middle letters of the brand name — nsda — call to mind Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, NSDAP.
Prize for the best verbal response goes to the mosque's leader:
I'm less inclined to attribute this to a fear of terrorism and the murder of Theo van Gogh last year (though "RIP Theo" was also written on the mosque's wall). This mosque served a mostly Surinamese community, whereas radical Muslims in the Netherlands are generally Moroccan. I suspect this attack is your basic racist neo-Nazi outrage, rather than a post-9/11 phenomenon.
Mosque chairman Abdoelhak Billar expressed shock at the arson attack on the Shaan-e-Islam when he was interviewed by RTL Nieuws.
"Arson and racist slogans are an abnormal act… committed only by pathetic people," he said.