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Dutch AIVD partly in denial

Reader comment on item: Denying Islam's Role in Terror: Explaining the Denial

Submitted by myth (Germany), Mar 5, 2013 at 04:59

The AIVD is the Dutch domestic intelligence agency. Their 2011 report is here:


It uses "Islam" as the defining term in the section:

"2.1 Islamist extremism

In investigating Islamist extremism, in recent years the AIVD has concentrated especially upon radical and ultra­ orthodox movements like Tablighi Jamaat, Hizb ut­Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism.(...)"

On their website the AIVD prefers "jihadist" to "islamist". The navigation structure reflects this.


They explain their use of language on this page as "De AIVD hanteert de definitie:'Extremistische ideologie waarin de verheerlijking van de gewelddadige jihad centraal staat'." Or in English: "The AIVD uses the definition: Extremist ideology to which the glorification of violent jihad is central."

The mere concept of defining proper language within the agency, avoiding the word Islam, makes me suspicious.

What I miss from the full report


is the ongoing death threat to member of parliament Geert Wilders. I also miss Arabic-language content on webpage. The Netherlands have a large Moroccan immigrant population. I see the Dutch AIVD partly in denial.


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