Attacks of Islamic Sites Follow Dutch Filmmaker's Murder

December 1, 2004

Source: BBC News

On December 1, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Head teacher Jeanne van der Voort was at home watching television when she got the news that her school was on fire.

By the time she arrived at the scene in Uden, a small town in southern Holland, the building was engulfed in flames. It took firefighters until 2am to extinguish the blaze.

No one was hurt, but over 100 children of the Bedir Islamic primary school were left with nowhere for their lessons...

It was the latest in a series of attacks on Islamic sites across the Netherlands since the murder of controversial film-maker Theo van Gogh. He was brutally killed a week earlier in Amsterdam by a man of Moroccan origin linked to extremist groups.

One of Mr Van Gogh's last films had caused fury with its criticism of the treatment of women in the Muslim community."