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Dutch-Muslim jihadists is becoming a growing concern for government officials

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On Wednesday, Dutch news outlet reported that the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) Party wants to arrange talks with the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs, Lodewijk Asscher. The CDA wants to discuss the current polarization of the Dutch-Muslim community, after the publishing of an article by Dutch news paper 'Volkskrant'. The Volkskrant interviewed Amsterdam youth imam Yassin Elforkani and Eindhoven CDA member Ibrahim Wijbenga.

Elforkani and Wijbenga have publicly advised the Dutch-Muslim youth not to head to Syria to take part in the countries civil war. As a result of their outspokenness, they have been labeled as moderate Muslim's and have been receiving death threats from so-called "extreme" Dutch-Muslims. Both men have filed police reports and have beefed up security for when they make public appearances.

The Islam sees its practitioners as believers and those who don't follow the religion as "Al-Kafirun" or non-believers. The Qur'an has no scriptures that mention the terms: Orthodox Muslim's, moderate Muslim's and/or extreme Muslim's. An individual is either a believer or non-believer, there is no in-between.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, that jihadists "are a serious concern to our [European] countries because they can and will return battle-hardened, further radicalized, [and] traumatized" said the Dutch National Coordinator of Security, Dick Schoof. European officials are also worried that once European- jihadists return home, they will have networked with other foreign extremist groups.

This year, the Dutch government passed legislation that allows the department of justice to prosecute Dutch- Muslim citizens who are planning to travel to or are returning from jihadist conflict zones. In November, NLTimes reported that the Dutch-Muslim jihadist who return from Syria aren't immediately arrested and prosecuted. Instead of immediately starting a legal process against them, the Dutch government provides them with forms of aid and helps them re-integrate into the Dutch society.



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