AMSTERDAM (Apr. 5)
The umbrella organization of Moslems from Morocco and Suriname has apologized to the Dutch Jewish community for a March 27 demonstration in which 300 Moslems marched on the Israeli Embassy in The Hague.
Crying “Death to Israel,” they carried portraits of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran.
The organization said the demonstrators by no means represent the 450,000 Moslems now living in Holland.
The instigators of the demonstration are believed to be Turkish fundamentalists who two years ago staged a rally in The Hague against Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born British author put under death sentence by Iran for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his book “The Satanic Verses.”
Interior Minister Ina Dales, criticized for not condemning the anti-Israel demonstration, said that because it had an international background, it fell within the Foreign Ministry’s ambit.
Jewish groups wrote to Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek questioning the right of a foreign country like Iran to incite against a friendly state, Israel, in the Netherlands.