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Dutch Muslims Protest U.s., Israel

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About 1,000 fundamentalist Muslims from across the Netherlands demonstrated against the United States and Israel at The Hague last week, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadam.

The crowd also protested Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s peace policies.

The participants in the demonstration, which occurs annually, marched from the Israeli Embassy to the American Embassy here in addition to appearing at The Hague.

The Hague houses the seat of Dutch government, the Dutch Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice.

At the demonstration, one of the few public appearances of fundamentalist Muslims here, the crowd demanded that the Dutch government take action against the Israeli police, who, according to protesters, “break bones of children” and “rape women.”

Three protesters were detained by police for a few hours.

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