Yes, that’s right: it’s the epistolary wonder Bouchra Ismaili.
“Radical PvdA Councillor Refusing to Resign,” from NISNews (thanks to Dav):
ROTTERDAM, 25/01/08 – Labour (PvdA) politician Bouchra Ismaili is refusing to resign. She is ignoring requests from her party to step down because she lied about signing a petition of the radical Muslim organisation Hizb Ut Tahrir.
Ismaili, a Muslim immigrant of Moroccan origin, is a PvdA member of Rotterdam’s Charlois district council. Last week, she wrote in an e-mail to a citizen: “You filthy idiot. WE ARE HERE TO STAY hahahahahahhahah DROP DEAD”. The email contained reams more similar remarks and urged the man to convert to Islam.
Ismaili’s email was a reply to an email in which the citizen, Jos Parbleu, had confronted the council member with statements by Okay Pala, a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir Nederland. Pala had said in newspaper De Telegraaf: ‘We do not agree with freedom of expression, as we reject democracy’ and ‘what you need is a big bomb attack!’
The PvdA leadership in Charlois did not consider it necessary to boot Ismaili out. But meanwhile, during a meeting of Charlois district council, it has become clear that Ismaili also signed a petition from Hizb Ut Tahrir and lied about it.
The Hizb ut Tahrir petition stated: “It is time to rid ourselves of a culture that damages our Islam.” Initially, Ismaili denied emphatically that she signed the petition. But when opposition party Liveable Rotterdam (LR) produced a printout of the Internet page with her signature, she had to admit it….