Dutch Queen Sparks Far-Right Outcry Over Headscarf During Oman Visit


Dutch Queen Sparks Far-Right Outcry Over Headscarf During Oman Visit
by Darius Kadivar

Dutch Queen Beatrix has sparked a far-right outcry in her country after being pictured wearing a red headscarf on a visit to a mosque in Oman. "It is really nonsense," the popular 72-year-old monarch said of the furore. (See More Photos of State Visit Here)

The row was sparked by questions posed in the Dutch parliament by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders' far right Party for Freedom (PVV), which backs Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ruling coalition government.  In a written parliamentary answer, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that when "Her Majesty visits a house of worship, the dress requirements are respected".Reporters with the royal party in Muscat on Thursday described the queen as heaving a deep sigh, while saying she was not surprised by the row. (See Related BBC News) ( NOTE: Also Listen to debate in ENGLISH on AUDIO PODCAST Here or go further below @ recommended listening )

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Debate on Dutch TV (12-01-2012) :

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Dutch queen causes far-right outcry as she's pictured in a headscarf in Oman State Visit (The Telegraph)

Dutch Queen Beatrix has sparked a far-right outcry in her country after being pictured wearing a red headscarf on a visit to a mosque in Oman.
"It is really nonsense," the popular 72-year-old monarch said of the furore. She was quoted by reporters with her on a state visit to Oman, where television pictures showed her at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque sporting a red headscarf draped over her traditional black hat. She had also worn a headscarf during a visit to Abu Dhabi a few days earlier on the trip accompanied by her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima, who wore a turquoise headscarf in Oman.

The row was sparked by questions posed in the Dutch parliament by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders' far right Party for Freedom (PVV), which backs Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ruling coalition government.

The PVV said it regarded the headscarf as a symbol of female oppression and wanted to know whether Rutte agreed.

In her reaction, the queen added she wore the headscarf because "you adjust out of respect for a religion," Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported.

Rutte agreed in his answer to the PVV's questions posted online, saying, "Proper respect for dress code should be shown when visiting a place of worship."

Wilders, who has likened the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and wants headscarves banned, was acquitted on hate speech charges last year for statements attacking Islam.

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For the Geo Quiz we are looking for one of the cities in the Arab world where Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands paid a visit and got into trouble because of what she was wearing.The 73-year-old Dutch queen visited a number of Arab cities this week along with this city, which is the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Oman.  Much of the city dates from the kingdom’s medieval hey day when it was the center of a trading empire that spread across the Indian Ocean. Queen Beatrix is a stylish dresser, but one of her accessories that she chose today for her visit to the city’s grand mosque sparked a controversy back home.Muscat, the capital of Oman is the answer to the Geo Quiz. This is where Queen Beatrix wore a headscarf on her visit there sparking a political controversy in the Netherlands.Anchor Marco Werman talks to Klaas den Tek, a political editor with Radio Netherlands

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by amirkabear4u on

I am not a monarchist and not going to say some of the European royals are nice people too, but I need to tell you they had NOTHING to do with modern Islamization as you said it.(with one exception of british ones but that goes back to a long time ago when they started showing interest in mullahs).

I do not expect you to believe me but going to say it anyway. The main reason for middle east being as it is, linked to israel. Why not the hotter it is in that region the more they can milk USA of arms and financial support. It is good for them. All these trouble goes back since creation of that damn state.


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Why Not!!

by masoudA on

Their Islamization of Middle East is paying devidents......Shell just kicked Chevron and Texaco out of Bahrain......

Royal Northern Europe (Holland, England, Norway,.......) are behind Islamization of the middle east.