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Dutch Muslim mayor calls out Islamic extremists: ‘If you reject Western values, get out’

The Moroccan-born Muslim mayor of Rotterdam is making waves with an interview on CNN this week, where he called on his fellow Muslim immigrants to accept Western values and reject extremism.

The Moroccan-born Muslim mayor of Rotterdam is making waves with an interview on CNN this week, where he called on his fellow Muslim immigrants to accept Western values and reject extremism.

In his rather blunt comments, Ahmed Aboutaleb explained that Dutch values are not negotiable.

“The Dutch constitution but also the Dutch society is constructed in very, very interesting basic value and that is tolerance and acceptance,” he told CNN’s Michael Holmes. “So the moment you come to the Netherlands, wherever from all over the world and you get a citizenship, then you have to at least underline and embrace the constitution and the values of the country.”

When asked if it might be “superficial” to tell people to “pack their bags and leave” if they don’t like Western culture, Aboutaleb didn’t skip a beat:

“It’s a free choice — be with us, work with us together to construct a ‘we’ society. But if you want to [reject] the ‘we’ community, you threaten us, you go to Yemen to learn how to use a Kalashnikov and to come back to [civilized] society, well, you are not part of my ‘we’ society. You’d better leave.”

I know how it is to be a product of poverty, and I cannot accept that poverty leads to terrorism. Poverty must lead to a [seeking of] knowledge, to sciences, to be better, to climb on the social ladder. It’s about investing in yourself — first of all — and by doing that, you invest in society. And that’s the message I try to give to these people, yes, indeed. I’m not only a mayor of a city, but I’m also Muslim and that gives me maybe the additional authority to say these things that maybe other colleagues of mine in Europe and maybe in the U.S. are not maybe authorized to say.

Aboutaleb first made news in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, where he addressed extremists, saying “if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*ck off.”

Watch the full CNN interview in the video below:

h/t: Mediaite

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  1. Jeb

    February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    The world needs hundreds if not thousands of Muslims like this to speak out!

  2. Juliet

    February 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    They do: we just aren’t there to hear them.

  3. Sandra Dudley

    February 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Jesus told his followers to pray for unbelievers, Mohammad told his to behead them There is a big difference! Muslims have been gaining in numbers and territory by torturing and killing unbelievers since the 7th century until the Ottoman empire was broken up after WWI in 1924. They enslaved and raped captive women and children during their rein of terror. They tried to invade Europe many times but were pushed back by Christians and the Crusades. Unless we know history we are fooled into believing terrorism is something new by Islam because of the “terrible things the United States is doing” or because ” Israel was made into a nation after WWII”. The truth is terrorist are following the teachings of the Quran just like they did during the Ottoman empire. Moderate Muslims are just the ones that don’t take Islam seriously. The radical Muslims are the ones who take it seriously because Islam is a radical belief. Islam seeks the establishment of Sharia law that calls for the submission and or death of unbelievers. Our constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Sharia law is, of its own nature, unconstitutional and can not be permitted in order to protect the very freedom of religion it seeks to destroy. The other problem with Islam is it isn’t just a religion, it is also a form of government that seeks to replace other forms of governments.

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