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Hague politician calls group of Israeli students “future child killers”

Abdoe Khoulani, a politician in an Islamic Interest Party in the Hague, Netherlands, has attracted criticism for antisemitic comments made about Israeli students.

The students were visiting another Party’s Parliamentary faction. Reacting to the visit on his Facebook, Khoulani described the students as “future child killers and Zionist terrorists in the making”.

Whilst he insisted that the accusations of antisemitism made towards him were “defamatory” and that he was merely “talking about Zionism”, according to the Definition of Antisemitism, “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis” is antisemitic. Clearly, accusing Israeli students of being future child killers constitutes a barely-updated modern form of blood libel and is inherently antisemitic.

The CJO, a federation of Jewish communal bodies in the country, described Khoulani as a “man of criminal opinions” and condemned his post.

Khoulani is also facing legal action for politician Anneke Brons over misogynistic comments he allegedly made about her.