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The Dutch government has denied British conspiracy thinker and Holocaust denier David Icke entry to the Netherlands, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.

He was supposed to come to Amsterdam on Sunday (6 November) to address a demonstration but he is not allowed into the country because, according to the Dutch government, there are risks to public order. His statements could lead to violence against politicians or himself, it said.

A letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service IND mentions that Icke will not be allowed to enter the Schengen area (which includes 26 European countries) for two years. Within the Schengen zone there are no border controls, therefore 1 country can block you for the entire zone.

On his Instagram account, Icke said that he was on his way to Amsterdam.

A Jewish organization in the Netherlands had asked the authorities of the city of Amsterdam to forbid Icke to address the public rally organized on  Dam Square by an anti-establishment group.

Centrum Informatie and Documentatie Israel (CIDI) also called for a demonstration against Icke’s venue "in order to avoid giving the spread of his hatred, plots and anti-Semitism a chance".

The muncipality of Amsterdam said that Icke’s arrival is “very undesirable,” and that it has asked the immigration office to investigate whether he can be refused entry into the country.

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According to the municipality, Icke has made anti-Semitic statements in the past that are “unacceptable and deeply hurtful”.

70-year-old Icke, a former professional footballer, BBC sports journalist and politician for the Green Party in the United Kingdom, is a supporter of conspiracy theories. Since the 1990s, Icke has been spreading a conspiracy theory that claims that humanity is secretly ruled by aliens dressed as reptilians powered in part by the Jewish Rothschild family.

He gained popularity in the international protest movement against coronagraphs and corona vaccination.  His conspiracy theories often have an anti-Semitic slant.

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