Track Record of Our Team & Partners

Several influential writers and activists, who point towards antidemocratic tendencies within traditional Islam, fight antisemitism, and/or expose those who demonize the Jewish state, have committed themselves to join our efforts to inform the public and influence public debate, in Europe, the US, and elsewhere.

They will:

  • take part in the upcoming events, organized by ICWV
  • work with us by creating enlightening publications
  • contribute content to this website.

Some of the names on this growing list:

Prof. Johannes J.G. Jansen (texts by)

Bat Ye'or

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Joost Niemöller

The writers listed above have an impressive track record. Below we'll showcase a few of the projects they've initiated while also touching upon other accomplishments. We have also included here projects created by ICWV staff members, before there was an ICWV.

Bat Ye'or

The word "dhimmitude" as a historical concept was coined by Bat Ye'or. It stands for the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule. Bat Ye'or wrote the classic on this topic: Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Colide.


For several decades Bat Ye'or fought, side by side with her courageous late husband, David Littman, the antidemocratic tendencies of Islam, by accepting countless speaking engagements, participating in debates all over Europe, and creating groundbreaking publications. Littman was known to give revolutionary presentations at the UN in Geneva. He represented a wide range of NGOs at this prestigious international forum.

Bat Ye'or also gave testimony on Human Rights issues related to Islam at three U.S Congressional Hearings (1997, 1997, 2002).


In 1961 Littman coordinated a covered operation to smuggle 530 Jewish children from Morocco to Israel. At that time the Moroccan authorities prohibited Jews from emigrating. This secret operation was executed under supervision of the Mossad. The official story was that the kids would leave for a short vacation in Europe, soon to be back. This story provided the cover under which they were able to get out of the country safely. (See image of a group boarding a ship in the Moroccan port of Tangiers.) During the whole affair Bat Ye'or was also present, while nurturing their first child, still a baby. She and Littman presented themselves as a Christian couple. Littman chronicled the thrilling mission details in a forthcoming book, to be released by ICWV (in collaboration with RVP Publishers in NYC) in 2013.

In 2013 RVP Press did publish an introductory book by Bat Ye'or on Dhimmitude. This release was supported by ICWV.

Bat Ye'or will participate in several of the ICWV events in Europe's major cities, like Berlin, Brussels, and Amsterdam. She is one of the key advisors of ICWV.

Hans Jansen


Prof. Johannes J.G. Jansen (1942-2015) was Houtsma Professor for Contemporary Islamic Thought in the Department of Arabic, Persian and Turkish at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) from 2003 till his retirement in 2008. He also taught at Groningen University (1975-1979) and at Amsterdam University (1982).


From early 1979 till the summer of 1982 Jansen was director of the Dutch research center in Cairo, the  Nederlands Instituut voor Arabische Studiën en Egyptische Archeologie. In 2010-2011 he was witness for the defense in the trial against the Dutch politician Geert Wilders. [See photo of Jansen (left) next to other witnesses at the trail.]

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Jansen's Dutch introduction to Islam, Islam for Pigs, Monkeys, Donkeys, and Other Animals, released in 2008, became an instant bestseller. His book on the ideology of Sadat's assassins, The Neglected Duty, is a classic.  RVP Press has released a new edition of this groundbreaking study in the spring of 2013.

Jansen has participated in an ICWV event in Amsterdam. ICWV is proud to present several of his writings on this website. He was one of the key advisors of ICWV.

René van Praag


René van Praag (1959), a Dutch TV producer and publisher, is the founding director of ICWV.

For many years he acted as a reporter for European broadcasters, including MTV Europe and RTL. In this capacity he interviewed a wide range of cultural icons, such as Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Joseph Heller, Philip Glass, Oliver Stone, Joel and Ethan Coen, Michael Moore, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Julia Andrews, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Carl Barks, Salman Rushdie, and Cher.

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Van Praag initiated and produced Theo van Gogh's legendary talk show A Nice Chat, which featured guests like Roman Polanski, Pim Fortuyn, Gilbert and George, Peter Arnett, and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. The show was broadcast in the UK by Super Channel and aired in The Netherlands by RTL.

As a publisher Van Praag has issued numorous books on antisemitism, Islam, and free speech, mainly in Dutch, but more recently also in English. He works closely with his authors to make sure they get their message across. His efforts have contributed to the public debate in The Netherlands, Belgium, the US, Canada, the UK, and Israel. Van Praag has a talent for publicizing his releases. Nearly all releases were the subject of countless articles and reviews in print media as well as the focus of numerous segments in talk/news shows, both on TV and radio. Even major international media outlets, such as Der SpiegelEl MundoFrankfurter AlgemeineThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Times of London, have taken note of Van Praag’s releases. One title on antisemitism (Het Verval by Manfred Gerstenfeld) even led to an extensive debate in the Dutch Parliament. 

The publishing enterprises Van Praag currently oversees are RVP Press, RVP Publishers, and UVP (Dutch). Some of the titles he has published include:

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To Hell in a Handbasket is a chilling account of how Jimmy Carter's abandonment of a longtime U.S. ally in favor of a murderous mullah thirty years ago enabled the Islamization of Iran—and how Barack Obama's current obliviousness to and appeasement of the radical Muslim world are helping to Islamize the rest of the Middle East.

This polemic is written by Ruthie Blum. Blum, who immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1977, was a columnist, interviewer, and senior editor at The Jerusalem Post for two decades.

John Bolton (Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) says: "The United States needs to wake up to what is happening [in the Middle East], and Ruthie Blum's book is just the ticket."

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Islam for Pigs, Monkeys, Donkeys, and Other Animals is an introduction to Islam based on 250 questions and answers by Hans Jansen. The title refers to the descriptions given of non-Muslims in the Koran and other Islamic holy literature. The creation of the book was a collaborative effort by Jansen and Van Praag. The latter provided the questions and created the overall structure. Once released in the Spring of 2008, it became an instant bestseller and the subject of fierce debate. On one of the most-watched late-night talk show of The Netherlands Pauw & Witteman, one of the guests, a Dutch media mogul, Harry De Winter, threw with a copy of the book out of anger. The incident was followed by a humorous but heated verbal exchange between De Winter and Jansen.

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The Decay. A brave and controversial book on the rise of antisemitism in The Netherlands by Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld. It consists in part of revealing interviews with influential people from all walks of life, both Jews and non-Jews, including politicians, rabbis, and even a former MP. Most of them don't foresee a bright future for the Jewish minority in Holland. This publication led to a fierce public debate. It triggered front page articles, numerous columns, heated discussions on national TV, and a special session of the Dutch Parliament.

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The Islam, the Muslims, and Me. A no-holds-barred take on Islam in free Western societies, written by former Dutch leftwing MP Samira Bouchibti, born and raised a Muslim. She argues that traditional sharia law is on many levels in fierce conflict with democratic values. The release led to an article on the front page of the largest Dutch newspaper (De Telegraaf). Several major media outlets featured full-page interviews with the author and she appeared on national TV to discuss the book.

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In The Immigration Taboo, well-known Dutch blogger Joost Niemöller profiles ten scientific researchers who focus their attention to immigration and related issues. Niemöller interviewed each one of them at length. They mainly discussed data that are seldom publicly shared, because presenting these often grim facts is widely considered not PChence the word "taboo" in the title. The data convey that Western economies in general are not benefitting from the influx of immigrants, on the contrary. This contraversial book was an eye-opener to many, while it led to heated debates in print media and on national TV. The Ministry for Home Affairs invited the author to discuss the provocative premise of the book with its staff.

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End Game is an anthology of provoking articles by some of the biggest authorities in the debate on Islam in Western societies. It contains contributions by writers like Bat Ye'or, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, David Littman, Hans Jansen, Ibn Warraq, Bernard Lewis, Lars Hedegaard, and Paul Cliteur. The first copy was handed to rightwing politician Mark Rutte, currently the Dutch MP.

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The Post-war Restitution of Property Rights in Europe is written by prominent historical and legal experts in the field. A common thread running throughout the different chapters is the impact of the passage of time on restitution issues. Special attention has been paid to two “looted art” cases: the Austrian Alma Mahler-Werfel Case, concerning the restitution of the Munch painting Summer Night on the Beach, and the Dutch Goudstikker Case.

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It's Not the End of the World is a collection of provocative essays by influential American blogger Spengler, aka David P. Goldman. Spengler is probing the inner workings of civilization in a tour d’horizon of cultural decline. He argues that Europe’s post-national, secular dystopia is a death trap, that the onslaught of modernity has plunged Islam into an even greater crisis, and that the destiny of nations is decided in the human heart, by religion.

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As a Speck of Dust in the Wind is a breathtaking, intimate, autobiographical record of the life of Dutch Auschwitz surviver Bloeme Evers. She chronicles three eras: the idyllic pre-war Jewish community of Amsterdam, the hell of the concentration camps, and life since 1945 with the establishment of the Jewish state. Evers attended the same school as Anne Frank, befriended Anne's sister Margot and was deported to Auschwitz in the same train as the Frank family. Evers' son Raph, born in 1954, grew up to become one of the most influential rabbis of The Netherlands. Today Bloeme divides her time between a pied-à-terre in Jerusalem and her home in Amsterdam.

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Bomb Letters is made up of the correspondence between an imam, Abdul-Jabbar Van de Ven, and a Catholic professor and expert on Arabian culture, Hans Jansen. In their letters they discuss the virtues and disadvantages of Islam. Their comments and observations are full of wit, but also full of anger and disgust. The book is a virtual boxing match. It provides the reader a front row seat at The Clash of Civilizations. The only weapons allowed: ink and insults.

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In The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz, Paul Schilperoord chronicles how the antisemitic legislation and measures of the Third Reich ruined the life and career of one of Germany's most innovative engineers, a Jew from Frankfurt. The Nazis made sure Ganz was erased from the official record. Ganz created the basic concept for Hitler's Volkswagen, but only recently, years after his demise, received official recognition for his groundbreaking work. Manfred Grieger, head of the VW Company Archives, told The Times of London in response to questions about the book: "I will certainly now mention the contribution of Ganz, and put in proper perspective, in a new preface to our history of VW in the Third Reich." The biography has been nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal, an award given by the American Library Association for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

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The Invisible Ayatollah is a collection of provocative essays on the influence of Islam on Dutch society by blogger Carel Brendel.

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