Geert Wilders, on trial in Amsterdam for "inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims," has also been summoned by a court in The Hague because imam Fawaz Jneid is demanding €55,000 in "damages" from the Dutch MP. The so-called basis for this absurd lawsuit is that Wilders used footage which reveals Lebanese-born Mr Jneid's true malevolence, copied from an interview shown on Dutch public TV, and edited into the short film documentary "Fitna" -- but incorporated into Fitna without the good imam's permission. The "plaintiff" imam Jneid cursed filmmaker Theo van Gogh in a sermon a few weeks before he was murdered. Moreover, as per terrorist suspect Soumaya Sahla, van Gogh's murderer, Mohammed Bouyeri, was present at the sermon. During his sermon, Fawaz intoned to Allah: "Cause Van Gogh a disease which all the inhabitants of the earth are unable to cure. Cause him suffering making him long for death. Blind the sight of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, give her brains a cancer. Give her tongue a cancer." More recently imam Jneid has taken to radicalizing 5-14 year old Muslim children.
Wilders' apt response to imam's "damages" claims in 2008, shortly after Fitna was released on the internet, was as follows:
This hateful imam has cursed [former MP and Islam critic] Ayaan Hirsi Ali, [filmmaker and assassinated Islam critic] Theo van Gogh and [Iranian-born law professor] Afshin Ellian. And he has said the most terrible things. He shouts louder than a pig. I'm not going to pay him a single dime.
Words to stand by.