Man with Palestinian flag breaks windows of kosher restaurant in Amsterdam
A man carrying a Palestinian flag broke the windows of a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police can't yet say whether this act of vandalism is related to the United States deciding to move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, RTL Nieuws reports.
Video footage of the incident on Amstelveenseweg show the man smashing the restaurant windows with a club and kicking them in. Two officers overpowered him with pepper spray and arrested him.
A witness told Amsterdam broadcaster AT5 that the man shouted "Palestine" and "Allahu akbar" while smashing the windows.
The situation in the Middle East is currently very tense because American president Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday. Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs called this move "unwise and counterproductive". Dutch Jewish organization CIDI warned that it may cause an "explosion of violence" in the already fragile region.