The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) is concerned about the rise of Salafism among Dutch people of Turkish descent. In an internal note that HP / De Tijd has in its possession, the NCTV writes that Turkish President Erdogan is implementing a conscious Islamization strategy that has an influence in the Netherlands.
Erdogan would give space to Salafist, sometimes jihadist organizations with ties to Turkish-Dutch institutions. That could affect Dutch security, the service thinks.
For example, the confidential memorandum makes a possible link between the “anti-Western rhetoric” of the Turkish president and the terrorist attack on a tram in Utrecht in 2019. Four people were killed. A day before the attack in Utrecht, Erdogan had spoken about the attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Erdogan placed it “in a context of war between Muslims and Christians,” HP quotes from the note.
The NCTV confirms the existence of the memorandum to the NOS, but does not want to comment on its content.
Warning against radicalization
The report states that the Turkish community is “vulnerable to influence from Turkey”. The connections with Turkey are strong, many Turkish Dutch vote for Erdogan in Turkish elections. They are also associated with foundations that are in contact with the Turkish government.
Turkish-Dutch youth organizations, in particular, are said to be concerned with the fundamentalist movement of Islam. The memorandum warns against radicalization, also online.
The memorandum is not yet ‘analytically complete’. This means, among other things, that the security services AIVD and MIVD and the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Social Affairs and Employment still have to give their views on this. These services are currently reviewing the report. The NCTV then decides whether the bill still needs to be amended and published or whether it remains confidential.
The substantive analysis of the report is included in an outline of security threats that is released three times a year, the NCTV says. The service expects the next version of it to be released at the end of March, beginning of April.
NCTV worries about the role of Erdogan in the rise of salafism in the Netherlands
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