Dutch government pulls far-right politician for allegedly spying for “Israel”


Published: 2024-06-18 18:50

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 05:32

Israeli-born far-right politician, Gidi Markuszower
Israeli-born far-right politician, Gidi Markuszower

Gidi Markuszower, an "Israeli"-born far-right politician, will not serve in the new Dutch government following concerns raised by the Dutch National Security Service (AIVD) about his alleged passing of sensitive information to a "foreign power," believed to be the Israeli Occupation.

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Prime Minister Geert Wilders announced the decision, withdrawing Markuszower's candidacy for the position of minister for asylum and migration.

Markuszower's nomination raised alarms given his history with Dutch authorities. In 2010, he was previously flagged by the AIVD as a potential security threat, resulting in his withdrawal from a parliamentary candidacy. Former Dutch Interior Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin had threatened action against the PVV if Markuszower's candidacy proceeded.

Recent reports indicate that Ballin warned Wilders via letter about the AIVD's belief that Markuszower was passing information to “Israel”.

Markuszower, a senior official in Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), is known for his strong support of the Israeli Occupation and opposition to Muslim immigration.

Markuszower was raised in the Netherlands and began his career as a Dutch spokesperson for “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

The withdrawal has put pressure on Wilders to clarify the AIVD's findings and justify Markuszower's continued presence in the Dutch senate, where he still has access to sensitive national security information.

Markuszower's case is reminiscent of historical instances where individuals have been accused of espionage for “Israel”.

Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for passing classified information to “Israel”, serving 30 years before his release.

Similarly, Egyptian-born “Israeli” spy Eli Cohen infiltrated the Syrian government in the 1960s, providing critical intelligence before his capture and execution in 1965.

Other notable cases include Ben-Ami Kadish, a former US Army engineer, and Lawrence Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst, both convicted of passing classified information to “Israel”. Despite such cases, lobbying groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) continue to play a significant role in US politics, raising concerns about the influence of foreign interests.

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Political analysts remain puzzled by “Israel's” espionage activities targeting its main ally, the US, and the apparent tolerance of such actions by Washington.