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Nidra Poller – Geert Wilders Up Close

May 26, 2009

Geert Wilders Up Close

Hudson Institute New York – Nidra Poller

May 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Nidra Poller

DSCN0939If elections were held in the Netherlands today, polls predict that Geert Wilders, chairman of the Party for Freedom, would be Prime Minister. Since breaking away from the Liberal Party, he has rapidly drawn support from all sectors of the population. And yet, the 45 year-old MP–sentenced to death for blasphemy by offended Muslims–has been living under 24/7 protection for the past three years. Far from defending Wilders right to free speech, the Dutch government is allowing a lawsuit against him for hate speech to be heard in the courts. And reputable media of all stripes commonly present Wilders as a “far right extremist xenophobe.” His offenses are ticked off—he disseminated “Fitna,” a “provocative” film that links terrorism to Islam; he says Islam is not a religion, Muslim immigration should be halted and if Mein Kampf is banned in Holland the Qu’ran should be banned too.

Is the “extremist” label useful? Does it help us evaluate Wilders’ credibility on the issues he addresses or does it serve to hide the essential truth of a life and death struggle between Islam and the free world? If Wilders is an extremist, the dangers he warns about can be downgraded. If his objections to Islam are motivated by xenophobia, wouldn’t it be normal for Muslims to react with indignation?

Let us peel off the label and take a close look at the man. Wilders, a frequent visitor to the United States, was the guest of honor at the April 25 – 28 Free Speech Summit organized by the Florida Security Council [] where he spoke to enthusiastic standing-room audiences. Wilders is not a rabble-rouser. He handles a red hot issue – Islam – with dignity. His arguments are rational, not emotional. They are based on ample documentation and broad experience, and he formulates them with political acumen. Wilders stands in defense of liberty against what he calls the totalitarian ideology of Islam and the cowardly surrender of European leaders. Shouldn’t he be allowed to speak freely?

Lord Nazir Ahmed threatened to send 10,000 Muslim protestors into the streets of London if Wilders–invited by Baroness Caroline Cox and Lord Malcolm Pearson–were allowed to present his film, “Fitna” in the House of Lords last February. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith got the message. Wilders was refused entry.

Wilders never fails to mention his gratitude toward American authorities who place no obstacles to his frequent visits to the United States, a country he loves for its freedom. But Islamic intimidation emerged in Florida. Citing “security issues,” the Delray Beach Marriott franchise, owned by Michael and Mark Walsh of Ocean Resorts, broke its contract with the Florida Security Council two weeks before a scheduled dinner. After the Florida Security Council president, Tom Trento, investigated and found that no security threat had been detected, the Marriott replied, “We just don’t want you here.” A CAIR front organization, “United Voices for America,” approached the Florida GOP with a request for the removal of House majority leader Adam Hasner as punishment for attending a private dinner with Wilders. And the ADL upbraided the Dutch MP with a barrage of misguided respect for Islam.

What does Wilders have in common with other victims of death threats– Somali-Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, French professor Robert Redeker (, Indian writer Salman Rushdie, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard? None of them is an extreme right wing fanatic. What they share are negative opinions about Islam. Such opinions are permissible in the free world. And prohibited by Islam. Are Dutch citizens, voting in ever greater numbers for Wilders’ Party of Freedom, right wing fanatic extremists? Or honest people concerned about the rapid Islamization of their native land?

The massive influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe over the past three decades cannot be compared, either culturally or demographically, with the diverse waves of immigration that have shaped European–and American– societies. Apologists for Muslim immigration, who remind us that earlier waves of refugees suffered from discrimination and have now blended into our nations, are missing the point. Yes, immigrants were often slandered, mocked, and rejected. They were, even in the best of times, subjected to limitations, quotas, sanitary screening, financial and occupational requirements. And citizens of our democratic nations who opposed immigration were free to thrash out the issues in public and defend their positions. They were not stabbed, slaughtered, bombed, or silenced by death threats.

Whether one believes that Muslim immigration is another beautiful opportunity for diversity or an existential threat to Western civilization, there can be no doubt that western European nations are fast reaching a demographic tipping point on the path to becoming Muslim-dominated societies. These countries have already undergone a radical transformation of daily life. Again, some sing the praises of this Islamization, others warn of its dire consequences, but no one can deny that it is underway. Drawing on the works of Bat Ye’or and former imam Samuel Solomon, Wilders reminds us that this immigration fulfills a sacred obligation for Muslims to immigrate and transform host societies until the entire world submits to Allah.

Holland’s permissive social policies—open drug use in “coffee shops,” shop-window prostitution, euthanasia, gay rights, sexual freedom, live and let live tolerance–have collided with the sharia ethics espoused by a large and growing Muslim immigrant population. It is the realities on the ground—the assassination of Pim Fortuyn, the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the death threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and to Wilders himself, and the constant intimidation and widespread criminality– and not some shameful rejection of “others” that leads Dutch voters to support the Party of Freedom.

Geert Wilders may represent a new breed in European politicians, capable of mobilizing the forces of self-defense in a country known for its progressive values. His strength lies precisely in placing the issue of Islamization at the center of his political platform. He does not apologize for his ideas, does not try to disguise them or tuck them in surreptitiously while singing the praises of diversity and pretending we are all alike. He forthrightly rejects cultural relativism, unashamedly defends Western civilization, and unambiguously supports Israel.

Unlike his European counterparts–and it would seem the current American administration–Wilders does not condition his support for Israel on painful concessions and forced surrender to questionable peace plans that would in fact spell the death of the Jewish state. His opposition to Islam is based on values, not on the rejection of Muslims as people. His defense of Israel and the United States—highly unpopular in Europe– is not opportunistic pandering to Jewish voters and influential Americans; it is based on shared values and a clear sense of right and wrong. At Free Speech Summit events Wilders elicited standing ovations from Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, blacks, whites, Asians…

In a private conversation I asked Geert Wilders the European question: “tell me about your family.”  It means: “where were they during WWII and the Holocaust.” Wilders was born in the southeastern town of Venlo, population 60,000. The east bank of the Maas River that divides the town is a few miles from the German border. Wilders’ father was in the Resistance. His grandfather was arrested.

And what took him to Israel at the callow age of 18? He was attracted by the beautiful Israeli girls. He lived for several years near Jericho at a time when cross-border attacks from Jordan often sent residents into the shelters. He returned to Holland, studied, worked, and became interested in politics when he saw things “going in the wrong direction.” His association with the Liberal Party, first as speech writer for Frits Bolkestein, then as a Member of Parliament, gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in the Middle East. As a young MP in 1998 he proposed legislation to curb Muslim immigration. “People thought I was crazy, but after 9/11 some remembered…”

We talked about the situation in other European countries. Cautious, well-informed, and determined to maintain his integrity, Wilders concentrates on coalescing power in his home base and avoiding questionable alliances. He has more to gain by developing his vibrant trans-Atlantic contacts than in seeking alliances at this point with any European party.

One of Wilders’ most virulent French critics, Noël Blandin of La République des Lettres, lumps him with “Islamophobes such as Oriana Fallaci, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Robert Redeker.” Accusing Wilders of “actively defending ‘Western values’ in his diatribes,” Blandin call him a “militant Zionist,” with ties to the Israeli secret services, who often visits Jerusalem, and regularly proposes legislation inspired by “racist Israeli laws.”

Europeans who saw enraged Muslims march through their streets in January shouting Death to the Jews, who see their police retreat and their governments surrender under Islamic pressure, are not convinced that the danger comes from a leader like Wilders who stands firm in the defense of Western values; the danger comes from European politicians who recklessly court the Islamic vote to the detriment of all citizens, whatever their origin or beliefs.

Free Speech Summit organized by the Florida Security Council

Boca Raton & Palm Beach

April 25-28, 2009

Introductions to Geert Wilders by Nidra Poller

I.                   Dinner at Mar Largo, Palm Beach, Florida

One of the most stunning lessons of history is how the unacceptable so quickly becomes inevitable, implacable,  unavoidable.

Western civilization is the triumph of liberty. And today, the life of a man can be threatened because he exercises his right to freedom of speech.

This is unacceptable.

When Islam reigns supreme infidels do not have the right to read the Qu’ran.

That is the meaning of death threats against Geert Wilders.

Geert Wilders stands before us. Stands up for us.

And that is why we are here tonight,

To stand with him.

2. Talk at Palm Beach synagogue (Rabbi Sheiner)

My role as writer is to shed light, underline, highlight certain aspects of reality, to restore elements that have gone into hiding precisely so that we will not grasp them and act on them.

The role of a politician is to provide leadership, to draw out of a society forces, ideas, and values that would slip away like rain water if it were not collected, harnessed, and applied for the general welfare.

This evening I want to focus on the unbelievable threats against the life of Geert Wilders. In the year of 2009 this man, this Dutch citizen, is the target of murderous hostility for speaking freely about the future of his own society.

Those who would silence Wilders accept no limits on their own freedom to speak and act. This you already know. There is no need to spell out the details.

But we must constantly exclaim: it’s unbelievable. Unbelievable that the multitudes in Europe have not stood up to defend Geert Wilders and, so doing, to defend their own rights.

Now we are hearing good news from Holland. The increasing success of Wilders’ Party of Freedom. This is a beacon of hope for other European countries. This is what we need to see—leaders who have been threatened by Jihadis and slandered by the faint-hearted step up, take over, and show how decent we are!

3. Republican Jewish Coalition


I have lived in France for 35 years, but I am American, and I will always be American. I am a Zionist, and I will always defend Israel. I am free, and I will not be enslaved.


Worst media of any nominally democratic modern country.

Don’t laugh. It can happen here too.


Proud of enlightenment philosopher Voltaire, who said:

Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire.”

But they are not quoting Voltaire these days.

And the Réseau Voltaire is the home town of Thierry Meyssan, best-selling author of the 9/11 conspiracy theory.


Largest Muslim population of any European country…and growing. Largest Jewish population…and dwindling.

350 recorded anti-Semitic acts in January.

Shrugged off with a circumstantial argument: it’s because of the violence in Gaza.

So it doesn’t count.

Tell it to Jonathan Guez, his neck slashed within 2 milimeters of the carotid artery.

If the Israelis would stop persecuting the Palestininians, the unnamed, unidentified, faceless, featureless “youths” who attack French Jewish citizens in the streets of their country would fade into the background and the statistics would be beautiful again.

This is blackmail. Chantage, in French.


Most severe laws against anti-Semitism. Ask your local Consul Général. He will be sure to wave that magic wand in your face and banish your fears for Jews in France.

France doesn’t have laws specifically meant to punish anti-Frenchism. But many citizens are begging for recognition of and protection from this form of persecution.

France has laws. France has incidents. And never the twain seem to meet. Who committed those acts in January? How were they punished?

Let us not fool ourselves. The issue of freedom of speech that is staring down our throats today concerns one kind of speech: speech about Islam.

In France, you can say anything you want about Americans, Jews, Israelis, CEOs, and our own president.

But if you speak about Islam in such a way as to ruffle exquisite Islamic sensitivity, you put your reputation, your career, and in some cases your life on the line. Robert Redeker has been in hiding for two years, because he wrote critically about Islam in a major French newspaper.

The French prefer to forget him. I brought his case to light again in a Standpoint, February, article.

His op-ed was published in the wake of a worldwide Muslim rampage in protest against the Danish cartoons.

His words were condemned. The rage was allowed to make its point. A warning to those who would follow in Redeker’s footsteps and dare to speak freely.

Has our honored guest, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, been welcomed by French intellectuals? Has his cause been joined to that of Redeker? Where are today’s Voltaire’s, prepared to defend his right to freely express his opinions, his judgments, his program for the defense of European values?

No. Wilders is not defended in French media. He is wiped out with a few adjectives: extreme right wing xenophobic MP. Pam!

He is dismissed with a sigh of exasperation. The extreme right wing xenophobic MP says the Qu’ran should be banned. Pam!

The Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia. That does not disturb our European opinion-makers. It apparently does not disturb our American government either.

Why would a Christian nation bow down to extreme Islamic xenophobic Saudi Arabia, where the Bible is banned?

Jews are not welcome in Muslim countries. Jews who lived in those lands long before the jihad conquest were forced to flee. Why are those nations where Jews have been expelled and Christians are persecuted, not graced with the epithet “extremist Islamic xenophobic…”?

Free speech, like every other sacred value, can be withdrawn in the blink of an eye. And when you realize it has been withdrawn, how can you retrieve it, without freedom?

Free speech is not only the freedom to speak your mind. It is the possibility of making yourself heard. When the media fall under the spell of a political crooner and withhold vital information in the course of a crucial political campaign, free speech is drowned out by lethal lullabies.

Free speech, listen my fellow Americans, must be intelligent speech, delivered with reason, with logic, with sophisticated arguments. When every message is reduced to a cheap slogan, free speech is cancelled by idiotic mumblings.

Free speech demands courageous support for those whose freedom is curtailed by murderous enemies of our civilized values. This defense cannot be slow, lazy, distracted. It must be an immediate snap to attention, and mobilization of concerned citizens.

That is why we are here today to honor and defends Geert Wilders. How ever many stand by his side today, we will be multiplied tomorrow, and again and again until we become a majority of free citizens who stand proudly, with uplifted heads, hearts, and minds.

We will not be intimidated.

Nidra Poller


Photo Update: Geert Wilders

May 4, 2009

Photos from recent events in Florida (Free Speech Summit) with Geert Wilders


Don and Geert


Angela T. | Lord Pearson | Janet Porter




Geert Wilders and Don


Bjorn, Don, Carol at table


Don, Carol & Dr. Fishman


Don and Carol


Don and Dr. Fishman talking


Listening to Geert Wilders’ speech.  Mar-a-Lago


Carol & Don clapping | Geert Wilders’ speech


Photos: Free Speech Summit

May 1, 2009

Scenes from a Free Speech Summit –

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Hindus are our great ally in the fight against the jihad.

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The Dutch Freedom Party and Lord Pearson

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The line to get in – Joe Kaufman, right

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Joyce Kaufman and Mort Kuff

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Lord Pearson and Pamela

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Joe Kaufman


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Allen West talking to voters 🙂

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Great Americans


Fleur Agema, an MP as well and vice-floor leader (she is  the number two in the party), Geert Wilders, Pamela, Allen West

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Geert and the media

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Reverend Dozier

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Photo: Wilders | Free Speech Summit

April 30, 2009

The free world rests in the hands of these brave warriors – Gaffney, foreground, Solomon, Wilders.


Geert Wilders: Why I Am In America…

April 30, 2009

Why I Am In America Fighting for Free Speech

By Geert Wilders | 04/29/09 | 06:41 PM

Freedom of expression is under attack. This is a theme I am addressing here in America this week as part of the Free Speech Summit being held in Florida under the sponsorship of the Florida Security Council. And it is clear that a serious discussion of the threats to our freedoms in the West cannot come too soon.

For example, my friend Rep. Adam Hasner, the majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives was attacked in a press release issued by the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday for daring to appear at a private event with me this past weekend. Because of that appearance, CAIR is demanding that Rep. Hasner step down or be removed from his position.

This attack on a friend and fellow legislator is of grave concern to me. CAIR’s assault on Rep. Hasner strikes at the very heart of our most basic freedoms. In fact, it is but the latest episode in that organization’s long-running and determined effort to silence its critics. Indeed, CAIR seeks to suppress all those who dare to challenge the theo-political-legal program that authoritative Islam calls “Shariah.” In so doing, they are seeking to impose what amount to Shariah blasphemy codes.

It is especially important to note that Adam Hasner is not only being attacked for comments he made that are deemed offensive by those who seek to impose Shariah in America. His career is now being threatened for comments made by others in his presence – in this case, by me. Thus the Islamists are infringing not only on this country’s constitutionally protected freedom of expression but also freedom of association.

If a high-ranking public official – elected by the people and appointed to his leadership position by his peers – cannot speak honestly and openly about his concerns, and do so in places and the company of his choosing, without fear of suppression or other retribution, who among us is safe?

I know these threats firsthand. Even before the international release last year of my short documentary film, Fitna, I have faced constant death threats and protests. My name has appeared on assassination lists. I have been subject of an Al-Qaeda death fatwa. I will be charged with blasphemy and contempt of Muslims by Jordanian prosecutors. I face prosecutions in my own country and elsewhere. I was recently banned from the United Kingdom because the Home Secretary believed my mere presence in the country constituted a national security threat.

In this trying time let us recall that in the darkest hours of World War II, when the world faced a global threat from German Nazism, Italian Fascism and Japanese Imperialism, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill challenged his people to rise to the occasion and fight. He told them, “Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

This is why I am in America this week talking about the fight we now must wage in the West to defend our liberties. Freedom of association is one of the basic liberties guaranteed not only by the US Constitution but by the European Convention of Human Rights. And yet CAIR wants to silence and punish Rep. Hasner for associating with me. If America needs a poster child for the threat to our freedoms from Islamic extremism, no better example than CAIR could be found.

This episode underscores that the threat to freedom posed by creeping Shariah imposed by CAIR’s type of stealthy jihad is not just a problem in the Middle East, or Europe. It is also a problem in America.

I will not be bullied by Islamic thugs who want to use our freedoms to destroy those very same freedoms. And I will not stand by as they seek to do it to others.

Founded and directed by members of the international network of the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR has an explicit agenda to subvert our freedoms and impose Islamic Shariah law on non-Muslims. This is not speculation on my part. This is the testimony of one of CAIR’s founders and chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmed, who told a California audience in 1998 that this was their agenda. “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” he said. “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” When CAIR officials say that this is their ultimate objective, we should believe them.

In just the past few weeks, the Council on American Islamic Relations has sought to silence another courageous lawmaker, Rep. Peter King, the ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee in the US House of Representatives. His “offense”? Rep. King correctly observed that CAIR and other Muslims were not providing enough assistance to the law enforcement authorities in combating terrorism-related activities in American mosques.

CAIR has attempted to silence other critics, as well. They have sued bloggers; they have defamed journalists who have asked too many questions about their terrorist ties; and they have tried to intimidate publications that have published articles challenging their putative “civil rights mission.” If they get away with it, CAIR will seek to threaten the careers of more politicians with the courage to say things and associate with those of challenge Shariah and the effort to impose it in this country.

It is utterly hypocritical that, on the one hand, CAIR claims to be defending freedom of religion in attacking Rep. Hasner when, on the other, they actively seek support from Islamic regimes that are among the worst of the worst human rights abusers on the planet – and notorious for suppressing religious freedoms.

I have been told that in an Arabic News article that CAIR officials have solicited and received financial support from Saudi Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal, whose country outlaws any religious expression except its own Wahhabi strain of Islam. You can’t even own a Bible or wear a cross in the country run by their patrons, and yet CAIR wants to lecture us about religious freedom?

The land for CAIR’s Capitol Hill office in Washington D.C. was purchased with a $250,000 donation from the Saudi-backed Islamic Development Bank and the deed to their headquarters is held by the foundation of United Arab Emirates Defense Minister Gen. Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Sheik al-Maktoum’s country prohibits any non-Islamic religious proselytizing and threatens anyone caught with distribution of non-Muslim religious literature with imprisonment.

In September 2006, CAIR hosted an exclusive dinner with former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. Under Khatami’s regime religious minorities were severely persecuted, non-Muslims were regularly harassed, and hundreds of student protestors murdered. The fact that CAIR chose to honor this dictator who is still a senior member of the Islamic theocracy in Iran tells us much.

Whether it is in America or back home in my own country, we are under attack by groups like CAIR who aim to silence their critics. This is why I am here in America. I aim to continue to fight regardless of the threats and intimidation and I am asking Americans to join with us. And when they attack good men like Rep. Adam Hasner, we must realize that they are attacking each and every one of us and the freedoms that we hold dear.

Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and Chairman of the People’s Freedom Party.


Video: Geert Wilders Synagogue Speech

April 27, 2009

Free Speech Summit: Video Palm Beach, Florida

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Video: Geert Wilders: Free Speech Summit Florida

April 27, 2009

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