Toine Beukering, Senator for right-wing nationalist party FvD, apologized for describing Jewish people in the Holocaust as "docile lambs" during an interview with the Telegraaf on Saturday. "That was a very awkward comment. I also regret it and take it back", Beukering now said, the Telegraaf reports.
The Jewish people put up "very little resistance" in World War Two, exacerbating the Holocaust, said Toine Beukering in an interview with the Telegraaf. The 60-year-old former brigadier general has never served in politics, but has been put forward by far right wing nationalist party Forum voor Democratie as a candidate to lead the Dutch senate.
The Hague politician Abdoe Khoulani is under fire from Jewish interest organization CJO and from other politicians for statements he made. He called a group of Israeli students "future child killers and Zionist terrorists in the making" on social media and called a female colleague a "blonde bitch", AD reports.
An FC Groningen fan was arrested on Sunday after flashing a Nazi salute at a fan of a visiting football club. The 21-year-old man was taken into by officers in Groningen who witnessed the incident, police there announced later in the day.
In a year that saw several crimes related to anti-Semitism occur in the Netherlands and a vicious assault on a kosher supermarket in Paris, about 85 Jewish people emigrated out of the Netherlands for Israel, an increase from about 61 a year earlier. The violence prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for Jews living in Europe to flee for Israel.
An investigation into a fireworks attack on a Jewish family in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood led to the arrest of three teens, Amsterdam mayor Eberhart van der Laan said on Thursday. The family involved said the three shouted anti-Semitic phrases while trying to kick the door of the house in on New Year’s Eve.
Dutch rap recording artist Ismael Houllich, better known as “Ismo,” was acquitted of a charge brought against him regarding lyrics that may have maligned Jewish people and gay people. The Breda court ruled that two specific lines from the song, “Eenmans,” were not proven as insulting.
People in the Netherlands reported 4,092 cases of racism, extremism and anti-Semitism to the police in all of 2014, an increase of 26 percent compared to a year earlier. Though total incidents fell by over four percent, racial abuse cases jumped by 26 percent to 2,764.
Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher called for an end to the derogatory use of the word “Jew” with regard to fans of Amsterdam football club Ajax. Many of the team’s fans often refer to themselves as “The Jews,” even though the club has no historical association with Jewish organizations or Jewish athletes.
The Saudi cleric Aaidh al-Qarni is falsely labeled as “hate Imam”, while he actually confronts extremism, comments Muslims and Government Help Center (CMO). There were criticisms of his arrival, because in the past al-Qarni allowed himself hateful and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
An investigation has begun into the anti-Semitic chants heard during the FC Utrecht against AFC Ajax match last Sunday. The Royal Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) in-house prosecutor specialized in professional football is leading the investigation, stated KNVB in a press release on Wednesday. The Dutch Public Prosecutor (OM) on Tuesday had announced the start of an investigation into the chants.
A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.
The Dutch official, Yasmina Haifi, who was suspended this week due to a controversial tweet about IS being a Zionist plot will definitely not get her job back. Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice announces today that other measures are being looked at, and that dismissing Haifi is not off the cards, De Volkskrant reports.
The Hague has come under criticism from Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). Specifically, the manner in which certain events in the city have been allowed to get out of hand are leaving the city's leaders in a state of chaos.
The leader of the Socialist Party in Rotterdam, Leo de Kleijn, wants the same treatment that has been given to anti-Semitism to go towards fighting 'islamophobia'.
De Telegraaf newspaper today contains a full-page ad with calls from several well-known Dutch people to end the rising anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. On the back of the newspaper, in large black lettering is written: "No excuse for anti-Semitism."
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Timmermans has called on Dutch demonstrators against the Gaza conflict not to "fall into the trap of radicals" by persecuting one another based on religion.
Mosques in The Netherlands are worried about rising tensions between religious groups. For this reason, the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands are calling for tolerance against Jewish "brothers of the holy book", Elsevier reports.
In Amsterdam, the Gaza conflict is spilling over into Dutch territory. In a case that has received politicians' attention, police are investigating the assault of a Jewish woman, Seraphina Verhofstadt-Makker, from the Dapperbuurt area in the city. She says that she was assaulted by men because she hung her Israel flag from her balcony, Het Parool reports.
Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Paris has expressed his shock that the mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, has allowed two anti-Jewish demonstrations to take place undeterred on his watch.
Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb spoke with representatives of the Jewish community in his city on Monday, to touch base with them, and to speak about the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip.
Thousands of residents in The Hague are demanding that their city's mayor Jozias van Aartsen be fired after his argued inaction over anti-Semitic comments outed at a demonstration.
Dutch football association KNVB must pay a €1 million fine for every match in which the association neglects to counteract any incidents of anti-Semitic chants from fans. This has been demanded by the Foundation for the Fight against Anti-Semitism before the judge in Utrecht last Friday, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The Jewish community wants the government to help pay the extra costs needed for securing buildings and persons due to the threat of anti-Semitic attacks, the Telegraaf reports.