The new US ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, is under heavy fire due to his remarks made at a 2015 conference of the David Horowitz Freedom Center where he proved to be a believer of islamophobic conspiracy theories. Wednesday he was welcomed by Dutch journalists,
who urged him to answer questions about his conspiracy theories.
Hoekstra said in a conference of David Horowitz Freedom Center that muslims are burning cars and politicians in The Netherlands. He later denied the allegations, which were on video, saying he would call that fakenews, before denying having used the word fakenews at all in the same interview.
According to Vrij Nederland, Pete Hoekstra, known for his islamophobic world views, worked as a Robert Shillman Senior Fellow at the islamophobic think tank The Investigative Project on Terrorism of Steve Emmerson. Shillman is also a board member of the pro-israel hate group David Horowitz Freedom Center, who donates substantial amounts of money to Geert Wilders’ PVV, and boardmember of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. In 2015 he also funded the Mohammed Cartoon contest organised by Pamela Geller and paid for the expenses of rightwing extremist Geert Wilders.
Hoekstra on wednesday refused to answer questions about the islamophobic conspiracy theories he spreads, saying he does not want to revisit the issue. A journalist in the room responded by saying ‘This is the Netherlands, you have to answer questions‘.
Today Dutch press welcomed @petehoekstra as new ambassador to the Netherlands. In 2015 Hoekstra said Dutch"politicians are being burned" (not true). The only one who did get burned today is… Hoekstra himself. By refusing to answer our questions. pic.twitter.com/Dv2aalbhDP
— Roel Geeraedts (@RGjournalist) 10 januari 2018