The Netherlands sends warnings for Islamic school in Amsterdam

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-08 06:17:46|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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THE HAGUE, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) has issued a warning that at an Islamic high school in Amsterdam students are influenced by teachers who allegedly maintain contact with terrorists, the NCTV said Thursday in a statement.

The NCTV, based on information from the Dutch intelligence service AIVD, shared its concerns in a letter to the Ministry of Security and Justice and to the municipality of Amsterdam.

The NCTV writes about "very disturbing signals" the AIVD received about the school -- "Things are happening at the school which are not good for democracy and for integration."

The NCTV also writes about signs that important people at the school have been in a radical Islamic environment.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, has informed the Dutch parliament about the worries.

"The cabinet is very motivated to counter anti-democratic and anti-integrative behavior within the possibilities that the rule of law offers us," the Minister said in a letter. "Step by step we are working on action to tackle such behavior and to be able to take concrete measures."

The school, the Cornelius Haga Lyceum in the west of Amsterdam, offers education on an Islamic basis. It is a small-scale school, where boys and girls get separate lessons, only existing one and a half year and with 176 students.

The municipality of Amsterdam has announced measures against the school. Municipal subsidies are frozen until the school board and the most important persons have left. The mayor Femke Halsema urgently asked the board to resign.

Furthermore, the mayor demanded that the Education Inspectorate must immediately have full access to the school.

But "I only react to facts," board chairman Soner Atasoy of the school reacted to Dutch news program RTL Nieuws. "There are no facts in this story. There is no proof at all."