Near the area which houses Buitenhof and Binnenhof is the Grondwetbank (lit: Constitution bench). Upon it is inscribed the first article of the Dutch constitution:
Allen die zich in Nederland bevinden, worden in gelijke gevallen gelijk behandeld.
Discriminatie wegens godsdienst, levensovertuiging, politieke gezindheid, ras, geslacht of op welke grond dan ook, is niet toegestaan.
If you look close you will see the words on the top step. In English, it reads: “All residents of the Netherlands will in all cases be treated equally. It is not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion, lifestyle, political persuasion, race, sex or for any other reason.”
The monument is 45 meters long. I will just briefly mention that it is quite an ironic monument considering the rise of the PVV (Party for Freedom), which seeks to severely curtail immigration from non-Western countries in a manner that seems particularly harsh for Islamic persons. However do keep in mind this is just an observation from an American who doesn’t live there yet and doesn’t really follow American politics, let alone Dutch politics.
On a happier note, this spot is where I tasted patat — Dutch fries., though I didn’t feel like putting mayo or similar toppings on them. While we were sampling them we sat on the steps — a nice rest from exploring the Hague.
Today’s Dutch: staring at the 8 videos at Bookbox, which includes Dutch subtitles at the bottom. Seemed like folklore type stories for children.