Monday, March 16, 2015

Netherlands: "ISIS is a Zionist plot" tweet no reason for dismissal

This official will continue to serve the public.   

Via NL Times:
The Justice official who tweeted that terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) is a “Zionist plot”, can not be dismissed. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) made premature remarks about the tweeting official and thereby “disturbed” the labor relations.

That is the conclusion of the Advisory Committee on Fundamental Rights and Job performance for Officials (AGFA), NRC reports. AFGA is headed by Job Cohen (PvdA) and advises the government if there is a conflict with an official about the limits of freedom of expression.

The Ministry of Security and Justice turned to this committee for advice in the case of Yasmina Haifi (PvdA), project manager at the National Cyber Security Center. In August last year she wrote that ISIS is a “preconceived plan of Zionists” who “knowingly want to make Islam look bad”. According to Cohen, this tweet is not enough for dismissal, a written reprimand will do. This advice is in the possession of NRC, despite the Ministry’s attempts to keep it secret.

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