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.
- 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:
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.
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.
Prof. Johannes J.G. Jansen 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.]
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 will participate in several of the ICWV events in Europe's major cities, like Berlin, Brussels, and Amsterdam. ICWV is proud to present several of his writings on this website. He is 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.
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 Spiegel, El Mundo, Frankfurter Algemeine, The New York Times, The 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.