The folowing report, “General Intelligence and Security Department [AIVD]: No evidence of Financing for ‘Jihad,'” was translated from a Dutch news source known as, the Rotterdam NRC Handelsblad:
The influence of Islamic organizations financed by Saudi Arabia in the Netherlands has not led to direct support for the international armed jihad in recent years, according to the AIVD [General Intelligence and Security Department] in a report, which Home Affairs Minister Remkes (VVD [People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy]) sent to Parliament yesterday [4 June].
In the report on Saudi influences in the Netherlands, the AIVD said that it was already known that various large Saudi welfare and missionary organizations have branches in the Netherlands. They include the Muslim World League, the Al-Waqf al Islami foundation, and the Al-Haramain foundation. This week, the Saudi Government announced that it will dissolve the latter foundation due to its alleged support for the al-Qa’ida terrorist organization.
However, the Netherlands branch of al-Haramain, which is closely linked with the El-Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam, mainly “exists on paper,” according to the AIVD.
The AIVD noted that the goal of the Saudi welfare and missionary organizations is to spread the puritanical form of Islam, which is found in Saudi Arabia. According to the AIVD, it is necessary to distinguish between two forms of this so-called salafism (also often known as wahhabism). There are Saudi Muslims, who subscribe to the authority of the Saudi royal house. Although this tendency is very conservative and often anti-Western,it should be distinguished from “jihadist” salafists,who want to take the fight to the House of Saud and the Western world, according to the AIVD. In the Netherlands, a number of mosque organizations promote salafism, including El-Tawheed and the El-Fourqaan mosque in Eindhoven.
In the meantime jihad propagandists have been excluded from the mosques, and the imams in the “Saudi” mosques have moderated their tone,according to the AIVD. However, this has resulted in the “circuit” of radical Muslims shifting to an alternative underground circuit,which is active within a closed circle and via (closed communities) on the internet.