Former anti-Muslim Dutch politician converts to Islam

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Writing a book on Islam changed Joram van Klaveren’s views on the religion, and he converted last October, local media report.

Van Klaveren's decision follows in the footsteps of Arnoud van Doorn, another former PVV member who converted to Islam.
Van Klaveren’s decision follows in the footsteps of Arnoud van Doorn, another former PVV member who converted to Islam. (AA)

A former far-right Dutch politician announced on Monday that he has converted to Islam.

Writing a book on Islam changed the views of Joram van Klaveren, 39, on Islam, and he converted last October, local media reported.

Van Klaveren served as a member of parliament for the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) from 2010 to 2014.

He resigned after PVV leader Geert Wilders’ racist remarks about Moroccans and set up his own party, but failed to win a seat in the 2017 national elections, and quit politics.

Van Klaveren’s said during writing he came across many things “that made my view on Islam falter,” he told Dutch radio.

Van Klaveren’s decision follows in the footsteps of Arnoud van Doorn, another former PVV member who converted to Islam.

Van Doorn praised van Klaveren on Twitter, saying he never thought that he would see so many converts from his former party.

Arnoud van Doorn

@ArnoudvDoorn

Beste @JoramvKlaveren bij deze ben je uitgenodigd voor een gratis Umrah 👍🏼🕋

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Koert Debeuf

@koertdebeuf

What a story! Former extreme-right Dutch MP was known for his Islamophobia. Now he has converted to Islam. The book he was writing to demonise Islam became a story of his conversion instead. (Dutch) https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2019/02/04/ik-wil-de-islam-met-alle-liefde-uitleggen-a3652823  via @nrc

Joram van Klaveren: ‘Ik wil de islam met alle liefde uitleggen’

Oud-politicus PVV: Zeven jaar lang bedreef Joram van Klaveren (39) namens de PVV keiharde islamkritiek. Nu is hij zélf moslim. „Het was niet echt een happy moment voor mij.”

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Source: AA