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Minister dismisses 'halal homes' fears
Home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk told a television programme on Sunday he has no problem with housing corporations renovating homes and taking the wishes of Muslim tenants into account.
Plasterk was responding to a report in Parool newspaper on Saturday which said 188 apartments in western Amsterdam had been adapted to meet the wishes of Muslims, with a special cupboard for storing shoes and an extra tap for 'ritual cleansing'.
'They've taken some of the wishes of residents into account. There is nothing wrong with that,' Plasterk told the show. 'But you should not build homes which non-Muslims would not want to live in.'
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