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CNN: US Ambassador to Netherlands Repeatedly Made Claims of 'No-Go Zones'

CNN: US Ambassador to Netherlands Repeatedly Made Claims of 'No-Go Zones'
U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra (Peter Dejong/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:30 PM

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands regularly made claims about Islamic "no-go zones," and derided past presidents calling Islam a "religion of peace," according to a CNN review of his public statements and writings.

Pete Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who served in Congress for 18 years and led the non-profit Investigative Project on terrorism before being nominated by President Donald Trump as an ambassador last July, was confirmed by the Senate in November.

Only a month later, he was confronted by a Dutch reporter who asked him about his saying in 2015 that there are "no-go zones," neighborhoods in Europe controlled by Muslims which are so dangerous for non-Muslims that they cannot enter.

Hoekstra denied ever saying there are "no-go zones" in the Netherlands, despite there being video of him saying so in 2015 at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, according to CNN.

On Wednesday, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski of the KFile released a review of Hoekstra's statements on Muslims, and found that he has repeatedly made claims about "no-go zones" despite his later denial.

"You know there are no-go zones in Europe, areas that you know law enforcement and civil society by the government cannot be enforced, and you know they have become safe havens and sanctuary areas for the radical jihadist movement," he said in a 2016 radio interview. "They are places that, you're right, these groups can find safe havens. But at the same time, they have allowed the mosques to preach radical jihadism, so the mosques are training centers."

In 2016, he said in a video with activist Ginni Thomas that the idea that Islam is a "religion of peace" is "clearly not true."

"I mean you hear former President Bush and President Obama now for what 15 years telling us, 'Islam is a religion of peace,'" Hoekstra said. "The average person on the streets says, 'whoa there.'

"See they're beheading Christians, there's, you know, there are suicide bombers, they're taking gays and lesbians and throwing them off the top of buildings, and they're selling women into sex slavery. That doesn't kind of look like a religion of peace to me. Now that's not all Muslims, but that's what a lot of people are saying. So then they ask the question to say well why would our president be telling us this. It's clearly not the truth."

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The new US ambassador to the Netherlands regularly made claims about Islamic "no-go zones," and derided past presidents calling Islam a "religion of peace," according to a CNN review of his public statements and writings.
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