Update: Rotterdam Mosque Latest to be Attacked in Van Gogh Murder Backlash

June 15, 2005

Source: Reuters


On June 15, 2005 Reuters reported, "A mosque in the Dutch city of Rotterdam was damaged by arson and daubed with racist graffiti early on Wednesday, the latest of several such attacks since the murder last year of a filmmaker critical of Islam.

The Shaan-e-Islam mosque, frequented by Rotterdam's Surinamese community, was extensively damaged by fire and racist slogans were painted on its walls, a spokesman for Rotterdam police said. No one was hurt in the attack.

Dutch mosques have been hit by a string of arson attacks since outspoken filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed in Amsterdam last November. A Dutch-Moroccan man was charged with the murder, which raised racial and religious tensions in a country that was once a byword for tolerance."