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Extra protection for ex-Muslim Jami

Tuesday 07 August 2007

Ehsan Jami, chairman of the committee for ex-Muslims and Labour councillor in Leidschendam-Voorburg, has been placed under extra security on the orders of the national anti-terrorist coordinator.

The move follows an attack on the 22-year-old Jami in Voorburg at the weekend and the massive media attention which followed. No details of the extra protection measures have been released.

On Monday Jami told ANP news agency that he was ‘too emotional’ to talk about the attack but his advisor, publicist Afshin Ellian, said Jami was attacked by three men of non-Dutch origin who were waiting for him as he came out of a supermarket. It was not the first time that Jami, who is originally Iranian, has been abused, said Ellian.

Jami has made several controversial statements about Islam, calling Mohammed a ‘terrible man’ in one interview, said ANP. He has set up a committee for ex-Muslims to bring taboo issues such as domestic violence in the Muslim community into the open and to promote religious freedom of expression.

In an interview with the Nova current affairs programme last night Jami said he does not intend to moderate his tone. ‘They can hurt my body but not my ideology,’ he is reported as saying.

Harry Oldersma, leader of the Labour party in the Leidschendam-Voorburg council, told ANP he was ‘shocked and angry’ at the attack on Jami. ‘It’s just not right that you can be beaten up for having an opinion’.

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Readers' comments (4)

This happened recently here in India as well, where the author Taslima Nasreen was attacked by members of the state assembly in full public display. Does this mean that Islam and it's prophet are beyond criticism in any free country?

Who decides whether we can voice our true opinions?

And they can go on calling us Kafirs and idolaters, both terms that I find offensive?

Ridiculous. It's high time we all rose to call a spade a spade and stand up to them. If it means confrontation, so be it!

By kunal thakore | August 11, 2007 8:47 AM

That's rich coming from Kunal Thakore, who lives in a country where Muslims are subject to anti-Muslim riots on a regular basis, anywhere from Delhi down to Chennai, have their places of worship torn down by gangs of Hindus, their women are raped by soldiers in Kashmir, and ALL the while the police and Indian Government stand by, watch and gloat!

Don't be such a hypocrite, Kunal! Call a spade a spade...

By MA Khan | January 6, 2008 7:04 AM

MA Khan: You know as well as anyone else that at least minorities have rights in India. The constitution allows them the freedom to follow their own religion without fear of reprisal. They are allowed to take 4 wives, which is absolutely ridiculous considering India's population problem.
Contrast that with non-muslims in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. And besides, you should hear some of the speeches given by Muslim leaders at gatherings in Bhendi Bazaar.
When I was living in Toronto, a number of prominent Muslims called for the establishment of Sharia courts in the province of Ontario. If you don't like the way things are in non-Muslim countries, why do you live in them?
And this is by no means a generalisation: there are plenty of civil-minded Muslims in India just as there are Hindus.

By Prashant | September 15, 2008 4:09 PM

Very well then, Freedom defenders!!

What do you want from all this. What is it that you're really after?!!

Kunal! Suppose I did the same thing about you, spreading totall lies about your and your family history..spiced it up with some seriously imbaressing FALSE info. Would you still becalling it ''Freedom''. If you say ''of course'' then you would be a lier... Pretending not to care about your family reputation as well as yours. WELL we're talking about the prophet the most loved humanbeing to us Muslims. He's our teacher our saviour. Well, F.D go a head and be free you'll only bring us (Muslims) more together to be brothers in the love of Allah.

Just a guess: Who's gonna kill him? Netherland's merchants.

Who's the real winners here?

By Haifa | October 6, 2008 10:10 AM

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