Jihadism currently poses a major threat to national security and democracy in the Netherlands. The government is therefore taking measures to prevent and combat jihadism in the Netherlands.
Jihadism in the Netherlands
The Netherlands currently views jihadism as a major threat to national security and democracy. The misguided ideas of jihadists are a far cry from the Islam that most Muslims practise. The Dutch government believes it is important not to blame Muslims in the Netherlands for the actions of jihadists.
The Netherlands uses a combination of measures to combat and prevent jihadism, both on the street and online.
The Dutch authorities take firm action against those who commit violence, use hate speech, attempt to recruit others, or travel to or return from a conflict zone. These measures include:
- confiscating the passports of persons who are planning to travel to a jihadist conflict zone;
- stopping benefit payments to jihadists who have already gone to a conflict zone;
- prosecuting people who attempt to recruit others or incite violence.
People who have links to terrorist activities are placed on the national terrorism list.
The Netherlands is also trying to prevent people from becoming radicalised in the first place. The sooner this happens, the better. Ways the Dutch government is doing this include:
- making young people more resilient so that they are less susceptible to propaganda;
- assisting families of radicalised young people;
- working together with imams and mosques;
revoking the Dutch nationality of jihadists who join terrorist organisations abroad
Collaborative approach to jihadism
Several ministries are working together to combat jihadism. The police, the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), the Public Prosecution Service, municipalities, and non-governmental organisations and individuals are also closely involved. This includes mosques, teachers, parents and school pupils.