The mayor of one of The Netherlands’ largest cities told Islamic terrorists and advocates of radical Islam last week if they “don’t like freedom,” they can “f–k off.”
Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam rebukes those who hate freedom http://t.co/t9FHjiX0r0
— duncan fallowell (@duncanfallowell) January 11, 2015
Moroccan-born Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam who has lived in The Netherlands since 1976, had some harsh words for the perpetrators and sympathizers of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, which killed 17 people. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” Aboutaleb told NewsHour. “But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave.” He continued, slamming anyone who refuses to integrate into Dutch society:
There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f**k off.
This is stupid, this [is] so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at.
London Mayor Boris Johnson praised Aboutaleb in an op-ed for The Telegraph Sunday. “And my hero – the man who got straight to the point – was the Mayor of of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, himself a Muslim,” he wrote.
That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire. We can and will protect this country against these jihadist thugs. We will bug them and monitor them and arrest them and prosecute them and jail them. But if we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear – and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice.
Many on social media also showered Aboutaleb with plaudits:
Ahmed Aboutaleb, my new hero: http://t.co/TgbLr5W6Xn And can I add that should apply to ALL people who want to suppress others’ freedoms.
— Ruth Darby (@rufusroughcut)
— Wolf♔H&U♔Raven (@WolfSpirit2013) January 14, 2015
Major props to #Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb who said what should be said to extremists!!! I salute you!!!
— Sabilah (@sabilaheboo) January 13, 2015
Muslim mayor of Dutch city tells extremists to “f* off” on live TV! (We Muslims do speak out – colorfully, thanks) http://t.co/aht6o0LFhf
— Raquel E Saraswati (@RaquelEvita) January 13, 2015
h/t: IJ Review
Photo credit: Roel Wijnants (Flickr)
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