Banning international funding for mosques ‘problematic’, minister says


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Extra analysis is want to determine if and the way the federal government can cease cash from what it calls restrictive nations reaching Dutch non secular establishments, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has advised MPs in a briefing.

The federal government included a dedication to stamp out international funding in its 2017 coalition settlement however extra nonetheless must be performed to determine if that is doable, the minister stated.

A minimum of 30 Islamic organisations within the Netherlands presently have, or have had, funding from the Gulf states together with hundreds of thousands of euros from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, the NRC reported earlier.

Particularly, the paper stated final yr the As Soennah mosque in The Hague has obtained cash from a Kuwait group which is on a US terror checklist.

MPs are involved in regards to the supply of some money despatched to mosques and different Islamic establishments as a result of they concern exterior organisations are trying to export fundamentalist types of Islam to the Netherlands.

One possibility can be be to ban funding from nations which don’t settle for freedom of faith or which oppose reciprocal funding by Dutch establishments, Koolmees stated.

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