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Antisemitic incidents double in the Netherlands, mirroring international trend of increasingly hostile atmosphere for Jews

A Dutch Prosecution Service report published in April shows antisemitic incidents in the Netherlands doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, indicating a five year high “despite a scant Jewish population”. The antisemitic incidents include “intimidation, assault, incitement to violence, and vandalism”, are mostly linked to football and in particular the Amsterdam Ajax team who are called ‘Jews’ by fans and rivals alike. Late last year, Everyday Antisemitism documented a series of incidents of the far right’s prevalence in European football, and we suggested a series of simple measures that could help challenge antisemitism and far right extremism in football.

The Algemeiner cited Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism,  saying to the French broadcaster RTBF last Sunday; “The presence of military on the street in front of Jewish sites is somewhat reassuring, but you can imagine what kind of world we live in. Today, you go to a Jewish school and you feel like you’re coming back to Fort Knox, which is really a kind of permanent state of siege.” Rubinfeld claimed “a rush of antisemitic attacks in the last fortnight” was inspired by Palestinian violence in the Hamas-ruled Gaza border with Israel.

A recent report by Tel Aviv University found that worldwide there has been a rise in antisemitism , of normalizing and mainstreaming antisemitism at levels unseen since the Second World War, and a drop by 9 per cent in violent attacks on Jews in 2017 but that those attacks were more brazen. Furthermore, the drop in violent attacks is because of a step-up in security measures, whilst most antisemitic incidents go unreported due to a fear of reprisal or disinterested authorities.

The report carried out by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry is released annually on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust memorial day. It mentions a ‘toxic triangle’ of antisemitism from an increase in the extreme right, radical Islamism, and anti-Zionist discourse on the left using antisemitic expressions. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Congress is quoted as saying; “the religious dimension of classic, traditional antisemitism has returned, and the term ‘Jew’ has become an insult”. Kantor, referring to the resurgence of antisemitic tropes, says that ideas of “the Jew as exploiter, the Jew as killer, the Jew as banker” have once again become the norm – “it is like we have regressed 100 years”.

 

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Palestinian advocacy group calls representative body of Dutch Jews a “pro-occupation lobby”

Jan Keulen, director of The Rights Forum, a Dutch pro-Palestinian advocacy group that was founded by PM Dries van Agt, has made a disgraceful antisemitic statement about the mainstream representative body of the Dutch Jewish community.

The Central Jewish Board had previously made a complaint about antisemitic social media post. Keulen referred to the complaint as a “political smear campaign”, a classic antisemitic canard which paints Jewish complaints of antisemitism as disingenuous and portrays Jews as manipulative and dissembling.

She then said that the “cat is out of the bag”, claiming the Jewish group was a “a pro-occupation lobby that will not rest until the definition of antisemitism is stretched and politicized”.

Despite her disgraceful comments, several of the comments that the Central Jewish Board complained of didn’t even make any reference to Israel. One of the comments complained of read “not so strange that the Jews throughout the centuries were stigmatized as thieves and cheats”, whereas others bordered on blood libel.

Little better can be expected from the Rights Forum, however. Van Agt who founded the group, who is the PM of the country, is on record saying that his party is “is good for the Palestinians despite the strong Jewish lobby” present in it.

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Palestinian man arrested after smashing windows of Amsterdam Kosher restaurant

A Palestinian man has been arrested in Amsterdam after he allegedly smashed the windows of a Kosher restaurant, before storming in and making off with the owner’s Israeli flag.

The incident occurs following Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The man carried a Palestinian flag and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he smashed the windows. with a metal rod, astonishingly as police officers apparently looked on.

The owner’s son commented “No one has ever seen anything like that. We are all worried. It happens sometimes that people spit inside [the restaurant] but we’ve never seen anything like this”.

Unfortunately, rising tensions between Israel and Palestinians often leads to antisemitic acts being directed against Jews in the diaspora. This means that authorities across the world will need to be increasingly vigilant as antisemites use tensions as an excuse to target Jews and Jewish institutions.

 

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Dutch football fans mock the Holocaust on Twitter using image of child victims

Fans of the Dutch football team Feyenoord have used their rivalry with Ajax as an opportunity to mock victims of the Holocaust.

A Dutch caption placed over an image of two Holocaust-era Jewish children wearing the Nazi yellow star reads “when 020 had one star”. The number is a reference to the postal code of Ajax.

Ajax has, like Tottenham Hotspur in London, a reputation of being a “Jewish” club. In the past, rival fans have been heard chanting antisemitic slogans and songs, including “Hamas Hamas, Jews to the gas”. The Antisemitism got so bad that many Jewish fans stopped attending games.

The image shows Avram (5) and Emanuel Rosenthal (2), who were both murdered by the Nazis a matter of weeks after the photograph was taken.

Another image shared on Twitter shows a warning label on a packet of cigarettes which has been made to read “smoking will kill you, so free packs for any Ajax Jew”.

Ronny Naftaniel, the executive vice chair of CEJI, described his “shock” at seeing the image, saying ““Feyenoord supporters, for once leave Jews alone if you must taunt Ajax”.

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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.

 

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Dutch Muslims call Jews “cancer” at protest

Dutch Muslims called Jews “cancer” in a chant at a protest in Rotterdam.

They congregated at the Turkish embassy to protest against the decision to refuse to admit a Turkish Minister to the country. Having heard a rumour that  Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya had been arrested, they began to chant “cancer Jews” and “cancer Wilders”. The rumours themselves were false.

Geert Wilders is a hard right figure in Dutch politics with a hardline anti-Islam stance. Blaming Jews for a political figure being arrested is itself antisemitic, but describing Jews as a “cancer” is explicitly so, and is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda which often compared Jews to a disease.

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Dutch-Moroccan rapper says “sits on money like a Jew” lyric is a compliment

Ali Bouali, a Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent has been accused of antisemitism, after a lyric in his new song played on the canard of Jews being miserly.

His new song “That is money” includes the lyric that he “sits on money like a Jew” and that he “deports” greedy women.

Dutch Jewish Newspaper Jonet featured a piece on the song, in which the writer lamented the fact that Bouali used his position to spread an antisemitic lie, as opposed to speak out against the antisemitism amongst Dutch Muslims.

However, Bouali rejected the criticism, claiming that he is just saying Jews are “good businesspeople”. Bouali added that “they want to take every word that a Moroccan ever says and turn it into something anti-Semitic”. Whilst being good with money is obviously not a bad thing, claiming that Jews are particularly good with money in itself plays upon antisemitic ideas that Jews have an unusual preoccupation with pursuing money. However, saying that Jews “sit on money” is not merely saying Jews are good businesspeople, but instead evokes images of miserly Jews holding onto their money, and is inherently antisemitic.

Bouali was described by the Economist as a racial “bridge-builder” who has “probably done more to promote Dutch acceptance of Muslims than any policy could have achieved”, whilst simultaneously managing to avoid becoming embroiled in political controversies, which has occasionally exasperated his fans who have called for him to take a stand against Geert Wilders and his right-wing PVV party. Unfortunately, this progressive figure within the Dutch Muslim community has still failed to steer himself away from the antisemitism which has increasingly characterised European Muslim communities.

His music video has now been viewed over a million times on YouTube.

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“Anti-Zionists” release “United Against Jews” poster

So-called Anti-Zionists have reportedly released an extremely antisemitic poster in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The image shows a Star of David with a cross through it, a handshake, and the words “United Against Jews, and was reported by Jews News.

It also features the caption “Rotterdam and Palestine”.

This extremely worrying incident points to the connection between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, with Israel being singled out as the Jew amongst nations.

Jews News believe that BDS activists are behind the image. We await more information.

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“Death to the Jews” in Netherlands supermarket

Reports have emerged that someone rearranged lettered products in a Netherland’s supermarket to spell out “Death to the Jews”

In Dutch the words read “Joden Daan Eraan”, which translate to “Death to the Jews”.

Further information is not forthcoming at this point. However, this is quite a disturbing public display of antisemitism, which is bound to make Dutch Jews feel uncomfortable, unwelcome and vulnerable when doing day-to-day tasks such as their shopping.

Though the incident was reported recently, it is unclear precisely when it occurred.

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Report finds rampant antisemitism in Dutch schools

A report written by a Dutch Jewish journalist, Margalith Kleijwegt, at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Education, found that there is rampant antisemitism within Dutch schools, especially amongst Muslim students.

The report, entitled “Two Worlds, Two Realities – How do you deal with it as a teacher?” gave many examples of antisemitism within the classroom, as recounted by teachers. In one example a student stood up and threatened to “gun down all Jews” with a rifle. In another example, in Amsterdam a female student of Moroccan descent stood up and pronounced: “If I had a Kalashnikov [assault rifle], I’d gun down all the Jews.”

The report found that some teachers feel they have no influence over students who have deep-seated prejudices against other students especially against Jews.

Kleijwegt wrote in the report, “Antisemitic behaviour is a recurrent problem in some schools. Some see it as a provocation [by pupils], others fear it goes deeper: that pupils receive anti-Jewish attitudes at home.”

Source: Arutz 7

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Dutch Deputy Prime Minister stops interacting on social media due to antisemitism

In a Facebook post entitled “Disrespectful dog”, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher has admitted that he now stays off social media due to antisemitism.

Asscher’s great-grandfather, Abraham Asscher, was a member of the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to control Dutch Jews ahead of their extermination in death camps. Though he is not Jewish, Asscher said that “my Jewish last name is a plausible explanation for my behaviour and attitude”.

Asscher said: “I often no longer react to people who approach me on social media,” suggesting that social media users show their posts to their mothers or daughters first, saying: “If they also think it’s a good idea, go ahead and post.”

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Dutch pupil tells teacher: “I’d gun down all the Jews”

Teachers in Dutch schools feel powerless to counter violently antisemitic attitudes among their students, according to a new report commissioned by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Education.

Entitled “Two Worlds, Two Realities – How Do You Deal with It as a Teacher?”, the 55-page document has been created by Dutch-Jewish journalist Margalith Kleijwegt based on her visits to schools across the country and interviews with teachers since last January.

The report found strongly antisemitic views to be especially prevalent among Muslim students, with cited evidence including an incident at a high school in Amsterdam. A female teacher there told Kleijwegt how a female student of Moroccan descent stood up and said: “If I had a Kalashnikov [assault rifle], I’d gun down all the Jews.”

The teacher is quoted as saying: “I wasn’t getting there. I asked her to imagine a 5-year-old Jewish girl who lives here. What would she have to do with Israel’s policies? Unfortunately, there was no place for empathy. The pupil didn’t care about that girl. She had only one message: The Jews should die.”

Kleijwegt concluded: “Anti-Semitic behaviour is a recurrent problem in some schools. Some see it as a provocation [by pupils], others fear it goes deeper: That pupils receive anti-Jewish attitudes at home.”

Dutch Education Minister Jet Bussemaker commented that the report “shows a reality that is inconvenient and sometimes painful” but which must be addressed “in accordance to democratic values”.

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Jewish home attacked in Amsterdam by new year revellers yelling “Cancer Jews”

Reports have emerged that a Jewish family’s home was attacked on new year’s eve in Amsterdam by antisemitic revellers. According to a Facebook post, teenagers shouting antisemitic abuse attacked the home. The post, apparently by the owner of the home, said: “Last night, a few teens decided their celebrations are not complete without some hatred. While yelling ‘Cancer Jews’ and ‘Free Palestine’ they kicked our doors and windows.”

NL Times reported that members of the family were outside when local youths started shouting at them. They then threw fireworks at the Jewish family and pushed firecrackers through the letterbox.

Source: Dagelijkse Standaard, NL Times

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Dutch mayor blocks entry of seven antisemitic hate preachers invited by local mosque

Rob van Gijzel, the mayor of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, has blocked the entry of seven foreign hate preachers invited by the town’s Al Fourqaan mosque. The Imams, from Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Kuwait, have previously glorified violent Jihad and attacks on Jews, as well as denouncing women’s rights, homosexuals and non-Muslims. The decision was taken in consultation with the National Coordinator for Security and Fighting Terrorism (NCTV) was challenge in court by the mosque, but the ban remained in place.

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Dutch court rules “I hate those f***ing Jews more than the Nazis” rap lyric not hate speech

The prosecution of Dutch rapper Ismo (Ismael Houllich) has come to a halt. A court criminal court in Breda acquitted him because the judge felt that the rapper’s lyrics were “artistic expression” rather than hate speech, even though they “are of an offensive nature.”

Filmed in Breda, the video for Ismo’s first single, “Eenmans” (or “One Man’s”), shows Ismo singing: “I hate those f***ing Jews more than the Nazis” and “don’t shake hands with faggots”.

The prosecution had sought a fine of €1,000 euros and a further suspended fine of another €500. The prosecution also requested the removal of Ismo’s video clip from YouTube.

The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel and an umbrella group of gay organisations in the Netherlands issued a joint statement calling on the prosecution to appeal the “disquieting sentence, which appears to be a carte blanche for discriminative statements as long as they are made in a rap song.”

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Police investigating rector of Islamic University of Rotterdam for targeting Jews, homosexuals and Kurds

Rotterdam commissioner Latif Tali has pressed charges of discrimination and inciting hatred against Ahmet Akgunduz, rector of the Islamic University of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

According to RTV Rijnmond, the basis for the accusation is a series of tweets by Akgunduz about Kurds, however it is reported that complaints of antisemitism and homophobia will be added to the file due to Akgunduz’s previous statements.

Since the Islamic University of Rotterdam is not run by the state, the Ministry of Education cannot intervene, however Minister for Education Jet Bussemaker is reportedly working to change the law and has urged anyone targeted by Akgunduz to file a complaint with the police.

Source: NL Times

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Large crowd of Dutch fans in Manchester sing “If you don’t jump you’re a Jew”

Video has emerged of a large crowd of Dutch fans of PSV Eindhoven jumping up and down whilst chanting “If you don’t jump you’re a Jew”. The incident took place outside the Crown & Anchor pub in Manchester prior to a match between PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United. It appears that Greater Manchester Police took no action.

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Dutch students vandalise Jewish student’s room to look like concentration camp

University students at Leiden University in the Netherlands have vandalised a Jewish student’s room to look like a Nazi concentration camp. The incident was reported by Volksrant to be the work of members of the university’s Minerva Society, Holland’s oldest student association.

“Arbeit macht frei”, a phrase which famously hangs on the gates to Auschwitz, was painted on a wall, barbed wire was hung from the ceiling, a swastika was attached to the wall, and mass graves were painted on the floor.

Max Grapperhaus, the head of the Minerva student association, would neither confirm nor deny reports, but did say that “whether Jewish guys live there or not, such activities are inappropriate and cannot be tolerated.”

Leiden University is reportedly considering disciplinary action, including expulsion, against the students responsible.

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Israeli parliamentarian accused of incitement against Jews speaks at Dutch Kristallnacht memorial

An Israeli-Arab MK, Haneen Zoabi, who has been accused of inciting terrorist stabbings against Jews in Israel has addressed a Dutch memorial for Kristallnacht, a pogrom across Germany and Austria during which Jews were murdered and beaten up and their property destroyed. Kristallnacht is often seen as the start of the Nazis’ Final Solution, and the Holocaust.

Zoabi told the event that Israel has adopted Nazi policy.

Responding to condemnation from the Dutch Jewish community for inviting her, organiser Ron van der Wieken said: “We just think it’s time to pay attention to the Palestinians. Too bad if it is seen as a provocation. Pretty stupid too. But apparently one sees Palestinians as a category of people that you can suppress.”

Source: Het Parool

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Nine headstones toppled at Netherlands Jewish cemetery

Nine headstones have been toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Oud-Beijerland, Netherlands. Police have appealed for information.

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Netherlands church defaced with antisemitic and anti-immigrant graffiti

A church in Wezep has been sprayed with the message “Nee AZC” meaning “No asylum-seeker centre” above the Jewish Star of David.

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Antisemitic sign and chanting at Netherlands football match

Fans at a football match in the Netherlands have reportedly sung antisemitic slurs at their opponents and one fan allegedly held up a sign saying “JHK” meaning “Joden hebben kanker” meaning “Jews have cancer”, a common Dutch antisemitic insult. The Vitesse football club has condemned the sign and promised to investigate.

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Dutch textbook claims that Britain endorsed the creation of Israel to please Jewish bankers

A textbook for children in the final stage of their school education before university makes various claims that the publishers have refused to correct. ThiemeMeulenhoff’s textbook entitled “Theme Workbook – The Middle East” contains assertions that:

“The British government was in urgent need of money during World War I…Jewish bankers were prepared to offer favourable loan terms if the government made a gesture toward the Jewish People.”

The publisher has refused to change this passage and various others.

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Holocaust survivors brutally beaten during sickening antisemitic robbery

Samuel and Diana Blog, an elderly couple who survived the Holocaust were badly beaten during an antisemitic burglary at their home in Amsterdam. Two men, described as middle-aged and of Moroccan descent, entered their home posing as policemen. They shouted: “Dirty Jews, from now on your property is ours.” They brutally beat the elderly couple, tied them up and drugged Diana. Diana’s father was a diamond cutter who had left her a collection of jewellery. The thieves took all of it at gunpoint, threatening to cut off Diana’s fingers when she struggled to remove her rings. The men told Diana: “You dirty Jews. You shouldn’t wear it. You’ve worn it for too long already, now it’s ours.” After they had robbed the couple, the thieves continued to beat them.

Diana, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp said it was worse than the beatings she received from the Nazis. The couple had been living independently before the attack, but now Diana says she endures crippling pain, and Samuel was blinded. “Those bastards have destroyed our lives,” Samuel said. “I have severe pain. I’m completely broken inside,” Diana added. They will now spend the remainder of their lives wheelchair-bound in hospital.

Their son, Emanuel, is sure that his parents were targeted due to their religion because their home has a large mezuzah on the door, and the attackers continued to beat his parents even after they had stolen everything. He has offered a €12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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Dutch man offers €10,000 to anyone willing to kill his Jewish neighbour

Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported that a man has offered €10,000 to anyone willing to kill his Jewish neighbour. Dutch police are investigating as the threat reportedly follows a series of antisemitic posts made by the man in connection with a longstanding quarrel with Gabriela Hirschberg. His Facebook followers are quoted as having offered to find a “final solution” in reference to the Nazi term for the extermination of European Jews.