According to terrorism experts Halim el Madkouri and Edwin Bakker Islam critics in the Netherlands should be aware of a possible attack. El Madkouri says that the Islamic cleric and philosopher Ibn Taymiyya (13th century) is the source of inspiration for many jihadis and he wrote that everyone who insults the prophet should be punished by death.
Bakker, director International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), says that a lot of Dutch people do not realize that compromising with those kind of people is not possible. According to him, we should prepare ourselves for a clash, were our views of how a society should work don’t correlate with each other.
The National Coordinator counter-Terrorism and Safety (NCTV) is watching the situation in the Netherlands carefully, but the threat level has remains unchanged: there is a realistic change of an attack, but there are no acute threats.