DR-TV-avisen bragte her klokken 21 nyheden om, at politiske modstandere i Holland prøver på at få smidt Hirsi Ali ud af parlamentet og eventuelt deporteret, på grund af at hun tilsyneladende har opdigtet historien om, at hun flygtede fra et tvangsægteskab.
TV-Avisen har åbenbart ikke chekket sine kilder, for på Hirsi Alis hjemmeside kan man læse, at det har været offentlig viden de sidste 4 år, så der er intet nyt i det. Noget kunne tyde på, at nogen gør hvad de kan for at forhindre hende i at udgive ‘Submission 2’ og ‘Submission 3’, som angiveligt skulle udkomme senere på året? ”
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch legislator who has championed the rights of Muslim women, is returning from a book tour to a firestorm for lying on her asylum application when she fled to the Netherlands in 1992 to escape an arranged marriage. Hirsi Ali, 36, said Saturday she was puzzled by the uproar since she publicly acknowledged the false refugee application when she stood for parliament in 2002. “Have they all gone mad?” she said, accusing her rivals of a political vendetta.
“Yes, I did lie to get asylum in Holland. This is public knowledge since at least September 2002,” she said in a telephone call from Hamburg, Germany.
Political opponents want her stripped of her Dutch citizenship and deported. Others say she should be expelled from parliament. Hirsi Ali became a popular figure in the Netherlands for renouncing her Muslim faith, condemning the treatment of women in many Muslim households and criticizing Dutch immigration and integration policies. She became internationally known when a film she wrote provoked the murder of its director, Theo van Gogh, by an Islamic radical in 2004. With her own life under threat, she went into hiding for three months, and still lives under 24-hour protection.
The latest political storm followed the airing of a 30-minute TV documentary Thursday tracing her steps from Somalia, where her father was an imprisoned opposition politician, to her family’s exile in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Hirsi Ali repeated on the TV documentary that when she arrived in 1992 she changed her name from Hirsi Magan and her birth date on her asylum application and did not tell the authorities that she had lived in three different countries since leaving Somalia. “I invented a story that would be consistent with the conditions for asylum,” she told The Associated Press.”
OPDATERING: Hirsi Ali forlader politik og Holland for at arbejde for en tænketank i Washington USA.
She’s no loss to Netherlands – Wiegel The coming departure of Ayaan Hirsi Ali from the Dutch parliament is “no loss for the Liberal Party (VVD)” or for the Lower House of Parliament, former VVD leader Hans Wiegel said on Monday. He was commenting on the news, Hirsi Ali is moving to the US to work for a political think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Wiegel, who is known for speaking his mind, told a radio programme Hirsi Ali is a “brave woman” but her standpoints are polarising. He cited her views on the freedom of education and minority groups as examples. “I did not agree with this line,” he said. Wiegel said he did not think much will be heard of Hirsi Ali again once she takes up her job in the US. “That I don’t find so bad,” he said.
Departure is painful – Van Aartsen Former VVD political leader Jozias van Aartsen expressed regret at Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s decision to go to America. “It is painful for Dutch society and politics that she is leaving parliament,” Van Aartsen said in a statement. “The Netherlands complains all the time about grey politicians who don’t dare speak their minds. Here we had someone who does and did that, and we were very negative about that.”
Muslim group not mourning The Contact Organisation for Muslims and Government (CMO) indicated on Monday it was not sorry that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is going to American to work. Her strong attacks on Islam have caused “a lot of damage”, CMO secretary Nasr Joemman said. “I celebrate that she is leaving the Netherlands,” Joemman said. “I hope that by her departure we can move forward with building a harmonious society.”
European minister wishes MP well European minister Atzo Nicolaï wished his party colleague Ayaan Hirsi Ali every success on hearing she is moving to America. “It is nice if a MP does not resign directly after elections, but can move on to other things at the end of a period,” Nicolaï said after a meeting of European ministers in Brussels on Monday. He said he did not have the impression the move was something that came up in the last few weeks. “I think this has been thought about for longer.”
Hirsi Ali ‘out of place at AEI’ Researcher Peter van Ham of the Clingendael Institute said Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be out of place at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). “You would sooner expect Geert Wilders to be there than Hirsi Ali,” he said in reaction to the news she is leaving the Netherlands to work for the AEI. According to Van Ham the AEI is a very conservative institute that has flourished since President George W. Bush came to power. “It is definitely not a liberal bastion,” he said. Hirsi Ali, he predicted, will not be encouraged to express liberal views about euthanasia, homosexuality and abortion. “The people who work there have a very religiously-tinted worldview. I think Hirsi Ali will feel totally claustrophobic there.”