SHAFAQNA – Yasmina Haifi, who works for the Dutch Justice Ministry’s National Cyber Security Centre, made the controversial statement on Twitter yesterday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Referring to Daesh by their former name, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), she tweeted: “ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name.”
Ms Haifi later removed the original message and said: “I realize the political sensitivity in connection with my work. That was not my intention.”
It is now believed that she has been suspended from her position.
The country’s Ministry of Security and Justice and the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) later said in a statement: “Security and Justice and the NCTV distance themselves from her remarks.
“And since [the comment] relates to the work of the NCTV and the National Cyber Security Center, cause is shown to terminate her assignment NCSC/NCTV and outsource her work with immediate effect.”
ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name
However, Ms Haifi said in a radio interview that she refused to withdraw her statements.She said: “Freedom of expression is apparently only for certain groups.
“I have taken the liberty to express myself and obviously I have to pay for it. I do not know why I should take it down; this is what I think.”
Dutch MPs Joram van Klaveren and Louis Bontes said that they believed that Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten should take action against Ms Haifi.
In a joint statement they said: “A person who propagates such ideas and is working with state secrets could be a threat to national security.”
But while many have objected to Ms Haifi’s comments, many others have found a certain echo to her claim. Antoine Fratacci a political analyst and PhD in comparative religions told Shafaqna in comments that Ms Haifi’s statement actually falls in line within a certain religious narrative,whereby groups are attempting to hasten certain End Days eventsby manifesting a new geopolitical world order.
“Zionism is both a religious and political reality … we fear now to use the word to not be labelled an anti-Semite, but it’s nevertheless true. Zionism, not be confused with Judaism, calls for the annihilation of all to raise the Greater Kingdom of Israel. Interestingly enough this kingdom sits exactly where Daesh militants are operating. One can indeed wonder …”