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Speech Geert Wilders, Restoration Weekend, Palm Beach USA (november 17, 2018)

Hello America!

How are you today? It is such an honor for me to be at Restoration Weekend again.
And it is a pleasure to be amongst friends, I see so many here, brave people with strong convictions and love for freedom. People who supported me for so many years like the great David Horowitz himself and of course my dear friends Dr Bob Schillman, Nina Rosenwald, Daniel Pipes and many others. Thank you all so much!

Allow me to also pay my respect to a colleague of mine from the US Congress, a true hero, re-elected during the recent midterm elections, the Congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert!

And of course, it is always a pleasure to be in the United States; the land of the free and the home of the brave! America is a country that is not afraid to let its own national interest prevail - as it should. To do what is best for its own people – the American people. Where most of the leaders in my part of the world – Western Europe – cannot even spell the word national, let alone national interest – your country is led by one of the strongest and bravest leaders of the free world and I honor him for that: president Donald J. Trump.

Europe desperately needs more strong leaders like President Trump.

For we are fighting for our existence.
Our freedom, our way of life, our culture, our identity and national security are at stake and heavily under attack. And the reason for that is mass immigration, islamization combined with the total failure and even betrayal by weak politicians who are unwilling to fight back. They do not protect us but facilitate our destruction. And when political leaders become appeasers of evil, the people must speak. And so do we. That is why we speak out and fight back. But if you dare to fight back and speak the truth about islam the authorities and islamists will do anything to silence you.

You will be taken to court. I have been taken to court or threatened to be taken to court in my own country The Netherlands, in Austria, in Pakistan, in Jordan, in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in Saudi-Arabia. The biggest Muslim country in the world – Indonesia – declared me persona non grata for life. I am the leader of the second biggest party in The Netherlands out of 13 parties that are represented in parliament today. I am the leader of the opposition but for years now, I often spend more time with lawyers than I debate in parliament. Of course that will all change when I become the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Others are taken to court too in Europe. Recently the European Court of Human Rights upheld a guilty verdict of an Austrian Court which sentenced a friend of mine - Elisabeth Sabaditsch Wolff – for speaking the truth and nothing but the truth about Mohammed when she suggested that Muhammad had pedophile tendencies. Or my brave friend Tommy Robinson who was even jailed while reporting about Pakistani raping gangs in the UK. He deserved a medal, not a conviction.

But is not only legal jihad, unfortunately it is also real jihad. I am on the death list of Al Qaida, the Taliban, Isis and I recently got another fatwa - this time from a Pakistani cleric calling upon all Dutch muslims to go to my house and kill me.

I live under 24/7 police protection in a government safe house for more than 14 years now and I am driven to Parliament every day by the police in a motorcade of armoured cars. The only freedom I have left is my freedom of speech. Why do I need this protection? I am not a president or king. I am a simple parliamentarian, But I am marked for death. My crime? Speaking the truth about Islam and fighting for the freedom of my people and others.

But enough about me. It is not about me. I am not the only one under attack.
My country is under attack. My continent is under attack.
Your country is under attack. We are all under attack.
Our civilization, the whole free western world is under attack.

My friends, I spoke here at Restoration Weekend last time in 2014 and at that time I urged you to avoid all the mistakes Europe made. I asked you to protect America against Islam. To stop the immigration from islamic countries. And while you elected a brave President who is eager to stop illegal immigration and fight Islamist, we did exactly the opposite.

My country (17 million inhabitants and the size of one quarter of the state of Florida) imported over the last few years alone another 400.000 non-western migrants, many from islamic countries. In Germany more than a million migrants arrived. Europe is on the brink of cultural suicide. We are confronted with headscarves, burqa’s, polygamy, honor-killings, rape, female genital mutilation. There are even sharia courts in the UK. Antisemitism is growing rapidly. Again European soil is unsafe for jews. In my own country, Moroccans are the larges ethnic groups along islamic immigrants and 65% of all the Moroccan boys between the age 12 and 23 have already been arrested at least once. Crimes like rape are rising in many European countries. In Germany last year sex crimes with asylumseekers as suspects jumped by 91 percent in one year.

Europe has been the victim of many terror attacks in the last few years, where all over our continent innocent people were murdered by Islamic inspired individuals that hate us and cherish death more than life. Thousands of both homegrown and imported jihadis are present in Europe today, willing and motivated to kill in the name of Allah. And they do for our governments are making it so easy for them with borders in Europe, no passport controls and an open door policy.

The Dutch increasingly feel like foreigners in their own country as many people in European countries do. Unless there are radical changes to the present policies towards immigration Europe will be lost, for example over 30% of Sweden will be Islamic by the middle of the century.

And the demographics are not promising. It will only get worse if we do not act today, it will get much worse in the next decades, because the population of Africa is exploding while the population of Europe is decreasing. According to the United Nations, the population of Africa will grow from one billion people today to 2 billion in 2050 and 4 billion Africans by the end of this century. Needless to say, many of them will want to come to Europe. And many of them will come from islamic countries. It will be like an invasion, our own population will be replaced and our nations completely islamized. Bye bye freedom.

So we have to act now. First we have to elect more brave leaders like you did.
Some European countries already did, like Italy and Hungary. My dear friends Matteo Salvini - Minister of Interior of Italy and prime minister Victor Orban of Hungary are examples that it can be done. That we can fight back the unelected elites from the European Union, regain national sovereignty and close our borders for fortune seekers and terrorists and built a fence at the border as the brave Hungarians did so successfully.

We should close our borders and give a message to Islamic immigrants who are already on European soil: if you subscribe to our laws, constitution and values you are welcome to stay and equal to anyone else. But if you break our law and start acting according to sharia law, we will deport you out of our country and strip you of the Dutch nationality if necessary. For this is our land – not your land.

But we should do more. If we want to stop the terror, the violence, the attack on our women, if we want to protect our freedom and the freedom of generations to come, we have to get rid of the dangerous concept of cultural relativism – the false idea that all cultures are equal. People are equal but cultures are not. Cultural relativism is weakening the West day by day. Government leaders, lawyers, judges, churches, trade unions, media, academia, charities – the majority of them are still blinded by political correctness and are condoning islam.

As a result a little bit of the free West dies each day. But the truth is that our culture and identity - based on christianity, Judaism and humanism - is not equal to - but far better than the Islamic culture of submission, intolerance and violence.

Our civilization, based on the legacy of Jerusalem, Athens and Rome, is the best civilization on earth. It gave us democracy, freedom, equality before the law, the separation of church and state, and the notion of sovereign states to protect it all. The remedy to all the misery and terror is clear: we have to reassert what we are. Only then will we be able to ensure a future for our children. In Europe today, the problems we face are existential. Not economics but islamization, terrorism and mass-immigration are our main problems.

Existential indeed, because it determines who we are, what we are and if we will exist as free people in the future. We have to support each other. That’s why we all should always support the Jewish State of Israel. Israel is one of us, the only democracy in the Middle East, a beacon of freedom in an unfree region. Israel is forced to defend itself against the dark forces of Sunni and Shia Islam. It is our duty to always support Israel. Israel is a vital outpost of western civilization, the canary in the coalmine. If Islam conquers Israel, we will be next. The Israeli – Arab conflict is proof that Huntington was wrong: there is no clash of civilizations, but a clash between our civilization and barbarism.

We are the free men and women of the West.
And those who want to deny freedom to us do not belong to our society. It is as simple as that.

Islam is dressed up as a religion but is in reality is a totalitarian ideology. It wants to dominate any society and is unwilling to integrate, assimilate. There is not one single country in the world where is also is dominant, that is truly free. And there are two important reasons why islam is not to be considered a religion. First no religion should demand that those who leave it be killed. Second, a religion should never mandate the subjugation of those who do not belong to it.

Last month as a lawmaker I proposed a bill in the Dutch parliament unique to any parliament in the world. My bill that will be discussed and voted upon in the Dutch parliament next year, is called the Ban on Islamic manifestations act. One of your best presidents ever, the great Ronald Reagan, used to say: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

So I proposes a bill saying: No more Islamic schools, burqas, qurans, mosques in public space. According to a national poll done by one of the major polling agencies in The Netherlands, this proposed bill got immediately support from 40% of the Dutch people. Millions of people, from Christian-Democrats to conservatives and even one third of the electorate of the Dutch socialist party were in favor of my proposal.

We have to face the facts. Moderation in the face of evil, is evil itself. Islam indoctrinates people with hatred against our society. America’s sixth President, John Quincy Adams was right when he said and I quote: “The precept of the Koran is perpetual war against all who deny that Mohammed is the Prophet of God”. As was Winston Churchill, the great British wartime Prime Minister when he called islam a “rertrogade force”.

There are many moderate muslims, but there is no moderate islam. And Islamic terrorists may be only a minority, but polls suggest that they have the support of the majority. Surveys in my country reveal that 73% of the Islamic population in the Netherlands consider Muslims who went to Syria to fight in the jihad to be heroes.

And may I ask: Where are the mass-demonstrations of ten thousands of Muslims in Amsterdam, New York, London or Islamabad or anywhere else in the world, who do not agree with the violence committed in the name of Islam and its prophet after another terrorattack? Where are they when radical Muslims call for the Christian Pakistani girl Asia Bibi to be hanged for blasphemy? Where are they? I have not seen any them, have you? You have not because there have not been any.

The majority may not commit violence, but they do not oppose it either.
Of course the majority of the Muslims are not committing crimes of acts of terrorism.
The question is however if the silent majority allows bad things to happen.

In Second World War Germany, too, it was only a minority that committed the atrocities.
But the majority allowed it to happen.
In the Soviet Union, too, it was only a minority that committed the horrible crimes.
But the majority allowed it to happen.
By depriving Islam of the means to destroy our identity, we are not violating freedom; we are preserving our identity and guaranteeing freedom.
It would be contradictory to sing the praise of freedom, while at the same time standing idly by when Islam is eating away our freedoms.
I say: Stop this charade. We should not turn freedom into a snake eating its own tail.

Islam wants to enslave us all to Sharia law and kill everyone who resists or dares to reject it.
Abraham Lincoln, the American president who liberated your country from slavery, said (I quote): "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." I agree.
It is not wrong to discriminate between good and evil, between democracy and tyranny, between freedom and slavery.

The terrible situation we are in today is caused by our tolerance of evil. We are too tolerant to intolerance, we are too tolerant to Islam. We think that by allowing freedom to the enemies of freedom we prove to the world that we stand for freedom. But in reality, by refusing to draw boundaries to our tolerance, we are handing away our freedom. I do not want Sharia law in the West; I want the West to stay free of Sharia law.

Listen to what Karl Popper, the famous philosopher, had to say and I quote: “Unlimited tolerance leads to the disappearance of the tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, than the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them”.”

So we should not be so tolerant that we open the door to the horror of intolerance.
It is our duty as Western patriots to protect our children from slavery, to adopt a sensible view of freedom, and to secure our continued existence as free individuals in a free society.

We live in an age where people like the idea of rights, as long as they do not have to pay a price for it. But when duty and honor command them to defend those rights they often flee away and turn against those who do their duty.

They call us extremists, they drag us to court, they try to silence or even kill us.
But, my friends, let us not fool ourselves. Churchill warned that when someone threatens to kill you, you had better take him seriously and do everything you can to stop him.
Freedom has a price. And we must pay the price. A choice has to be made.
The choice between Islam and freedom. There is no middle way.

Submission is unacceptable.
We are neither prepared to collaborate with evil, nor to appease it.

Defending our freedom, defending our way of life, is not a task that is solely in the hands of our brave men and women, fighting battles in far away lands. Defending freedom requires constant vigilance against those who attack it, right here, on the soil of our homeland. The enemies of freedom will not seek to overthrow the Constitution in a single day.
Instead, they will try to erode it from within. They will chip away little pieces of liberty, with every attack on our freedom of speech. They will hack and grind and chisel until the granite cathedral of the Constitution is no more than a brittle and hollow façade.

Defending our freedom, defending our way of life, requires all of us to be vigilant, courageous and audacious. It requires all of us to raise our voice. To raise our voice against the enemies of freedom. Against the tyranny of islam. Against everyone who tries to silence us!
And my dear friends, I can not think of a better time or better place to make this appeal, than right here and right now, amongst fellow freedom fighters. My message is tough but I am sure that we can win. If we stand together as we do today. We honor the legacy of the founding fathers of our great nations by preserving the freedom of our children of grandchildren.

We will never apologize for being free men, we will never bow for the combined forces of Mecca and the left. And we will never surrender. We stand on the shoulders of giants. There is no stronger power than the force of free men fighting for the great cause of liberty.

So let us do our duty.
Let us go forth with courage and save freedom!

Thank you