This is akin to the common and oft-repeated claim that “Muslims are the new Jews,” i.e., opposition to jihad terror is exactly equivalent to genocidal anti-Semitism. It is a peculiar malady that we see ever more frequently on the Left: no matter how many jihad terror attacks there are, no matter how many Islamic supremacist boasts of imminent takeover, no matter how much Westerners are manipulated into granting special privileges and accommodations to Muslims, Muslims are always seen as victims, never held accountable for the supremacist bloodlust that is leading so many Muslims in the West to join the Islamic State, and always offered the solicitude and support of bemused Leftists like Pieter Broertjes.
“Dutch Mayor: ‘Jihadis Are Like Jews Who Left for Palestine,'” by Cynthia Blank, Arutz Sheva, October 26, 2014 (thanks to Maxwell):
A Dutch mayor was quoted as saying that the government in Holland should not prevent or oppose Islamists from leaving for Syria to fight for the Islamic State, just as it allowed Jews immigrate to pre-state Israel after World War II, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Friday.
Pieter Broertjes, the mayor of Hilvrsum – a small, affluent community near Amsterdam, considered Netherland’s media capital – made the comparison on Thursday, during an interview for Radio 1.
The theme of the broadcast was about possibly confiscating the passports of jihadists.
In September, Broertjes, a politician in the Dutch Labor party and the former editor-in-chief of the highbrow Volkskrant daily, heard that a family with four underage children had left for Syria to join ISIS.
He responded by saying. “You have to have a good reason to take a passport. Someone must have committed a criminal offense. And you don’t know if someone is going there for war.”
Broertjes was asked during this particular interview whether he thought jihadists leaving to fight in Syria and Iraq should be prevented from departing the country.
He answered that he opposed such steps, and added: ““It comes down to adults. Dutchmen after World War II went to Israel to fight the English. We didn’t prevent them then.”
The interview sent shockwaves through the country (and the Jewish world), particularly as Broerjes’s comment came only two months after a remark by another member of his party, who described ISIS on Twitter as a “Zionist plot.”…