Netherlands: ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ now considered a punishable call for genocide

Some will no doubt complain that this is an infringement upon the freedom of speech, but in reality, the freedom of speech has never included calls for violence or vigilantism or anything of the kind.

Dutch parliament passes motion calling ‘From the River to the Sea’ criminal incitement

By CANAAN LIDOR

The Dutch parliament adopts by a wafer-thin majority a motion that says that chanting “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free” is a criminal act of incitement to violence.

The motion, which is not binding, passes thanks to a single vote in a 74-73 split in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, which has 150 seats. The motion’s author is Maikel Boon, a lawmaker for the Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders, which was the largest in the 2023 elections and recently announced that it has put together a ruling coalition under its leadership.

Wilders, an anti-Islam, far-right politician, in a vocal supporter of Israel and a self-described promoter of what he calls Judeo-Christian values. The slogan “comes right off the Hamas charter and is therefore a call for violence against all Jews worldwide,” the motion states. The slogan, which references the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, has emerged in recent months a common feature of anti-Israel protests.

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2 replies
  1. Rene Hollan
    Rene Hollan says:

    “Some will no doubt complain that this is an infringement upon the freedom of speech, but in reality, the freedom of speech has never included calls for violence or vigilantism or anything of the kind.”

    Actually, it does, at least in the U.S.A. Brandenberg v. Ohio, 395 U.S.C. 444 (1969) established that calls for violence against a group (including killing and genocide) IN AN INDIRECT MEDIUM (emphasis mine), like print, or a website, are lawful free speech.

    Why?

    Because the recipient can consider them at his or her leisure. There is no urgency.

    Now, what you CANNOT do, is use such speech to incite action DIRECTLY, such as at a protest, or rally.

    Get it right. The devil is in the details.

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    • Dr. Rich Swier
      Dr. Rich Swier says:

      The issue is that these pro- Hamas terrorists are harming innocent people and destroying or damaging property and this administration does nothing about it.

      Same goes for Black Lives Matter and Angie’s List.

      Reply

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