Kukenheim, a member of the Liberal Democrats (D66) and acting council member on education in Amsterdam, said: “It’s a shame that these children weren’t allowed to participate in the singing and the dancing. However, I do think it’s a good sign that the school is participating in the event in the first place”. She added: “It’s really up to the education inspection team to research if the school pays enough attention to our shared Dutch values”.
“Keeping our identity”
A spokesperson for the Foundation of Islamic Schools in Amsterdam (Stichting Islamitische Scholen Amsterdam), which includes As-Siddieq, said: “There is no such thing as segregation. We let the children participate in the event, however, to keep our own Islamic identity we chose not to let the children join in on the singing and dancing”. In addition: “Music isn’t forbidden in Islam, but usually boys and girls are separated. We are preparing our students to become a part of Dutch society and it’s up to the student to decide what he or she will or will not do”.
Defend Europa Commentary: Although many people have criticised As-Siddieq for forcing their students to leave part of an event, due to the other participants singing and dancing to music being played, no one seems to criticise the statement they made concerning keeping their own Islamic identity. The hypocrisy in all of this, is that when nationalists speak about keeping our European identity and shared values, we’re either branded racist, xenophobic or whatever else buzzword liberals come up with nowadays.