The Hague: A Dutch former far-right MP and right-hand man of Geert Wilders has set tongues wagging within the Netherlands after revealing he has transformed and develop into a Muslim, information experiences stated Tuesday.
For seven years Joram van Klaveren fought a relentless marketing campaign within the Decrease Home towards Islam within the Netherlands as a lawmaker for Wilders´ Freedom Social gathering (PVV).
On the time, the “hardliner pleaded for banning the burkha and minarets, saying ´we don´t need any Islam, or no less than as little as attainable within the Netherlands´,” the each day tabloid Algemeen Dagblad (AD) stated.
However the 40-year-old Van Klaveren stated he had modified his thoughts midway by way of writing an anti-Islam guide, which he instructed the revered NRC each day “grew to become a refutation of objections non-Muslims have” towards the faith.
“If every part I wrote as much as that time is true, and I imagine that, then I’m a de facto Muslim,” he instructed the NRC.
Van Klaveren transformed to Islam on October 26 final 12 months, the NRC added within the interview piece .
“His conversion has stunned each buddy and enemy,” the AD newspaper added.
Van Klaveren break up with Wilders in 2014 after the PVV chief´s controversial feedback that 12 months when asking supporters whether or not they wished “fewer or extra Moroccans in your metropolis and the Netherlands”.
Wilders in 2016 was discovered responsible on discrimination costs.
Van Klaveren then went on to type his personal far-right social gathering referred to as “For Netherlands” (VNL) however left politics after failing to win a single seat within the 2017 elections.
“If this actually isn´t a PR stunt to advertise his guide, then it truly is a unprecedented selection for any individual who had lots to say concerning the Islam,” his former VNL co-founder Jan Roos instructed the AD.
“However we now have non secular freedom within the Netherlands. He can worship whomever he desires,” Roos added.
Mentioned Bouharrou, who serves on the Board of Moroccan Mosques within the Netherlands praised Van Klaveren.
“It’s nice when any individual who has been so important of Islam… realises that it isn’t so unhealthy or perverse,” he instructed the AD.
“It’s courageous that he´s ready to do it in public,” Bouharrou stated.