Michael van der Galien

Regional Leader “Islam Democrats” Unmasked

Posted on February 7 2010 2:34 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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More and more, bloggers everywhere are asking the questions the mainstream media do not dare, or do not want to ask. At Dutch conservative blog Dagelijkse Standaard, for instance, we wondered whether the leader of the newly founded Islam Democrats party in The Hague, Dilaver Delikaya, is as enlightened, westernized, modern and peaceful as he and the mainstream media want us to believe. His party will participate in the municipal elections in The Hague (and in the cities of Rotterdam and Utrecht) later this year.

Looking around on his Hyves-page (Hyves is a social networking website similar to FaceBook) we found the following lovely photos in the “family album”:

As you can see, there’s a picture of the Kaaba – the cube-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia towards Muslims pray when performing the traditional prayer – behind a boy who is pointing two guns at his own head. That’s bad, but what makes this even worse, assuming that the guns Muhamed holds in his hands are real, is that it’s illegal to bear arms in the Netherlands.

OK, we thought when we saw this first photo, “that’s troubling. But it’s just one photo.” Well, not entirely. Here are two more photos of Delikaya’s lovely, peaceful family:

Three shots of Delikaya’s young relatives (we know he has one son but we’re not sure whether his son can be seen on any of these three photos) pretending to shoot at either themselves or someone else; that sounds like a pattern to me.

Looking at these photos, you’d almost think that the Islam Democrats of Delikaya resemble the Muslim Brotherhood more closely than Democrats of any kind.

These pictures could be found on Delikaya’s personal page on Hyves. They were not difficult to find. Yet, it wasn’t the Dutch mainstream media, who have many millions available for research, but a (relatively poorly funded) blog that did the research necessary to show this man’s real face to the world: typical for the state of the media both in the United States and in Europe.


Delikaya’s party says that the boys on the photos are, indeed, his relatives, but that the guns the boy point at himself are fake. They also say that they’re very unhappy with our report and that they condemn violence of any kind, including “rhetorical violence.”

Although they may be unhappy, the point still stands: why does a leader of the Islam Democrats publish photos on his Hyves account of his young relatives posing as gangsters or worse? Additionally, there’s no such thing as “rhetorical violence”: it’s a contradiction in terms. You can’t help but wonder whether this is meant as yet another attempt to limit the freedom of speech by those who can’t deal with it.

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