The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported to the Netherlands' information and documentation center on Israel CIDI last year increased by a massive 35 percent compared to the year before. CIDI received 182 reports of discrimination against Jewish people - the highest number since the center started keeping track 30 years ago, NOS reports.
Minister Sigrid Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation regrets that four of her guests were not welcome at a meeting she had with the center for information and documentation on Israel CIDI in The Hague on Sunday, she said to NOS.
The new Netflix program “Historical Roasts” has riled up some people in the Netherlands, for its episode featuring a satirical banquet of Anne Frank. The 15-year-old Holocaust victim was portrayed by comedian Rachel Feinstein in the episode, where Frank was made fun of, and also mocked the others on stage at the end of the show.
“Us Jews always get through the pain with laughter. If we don’t laugh, we cry,” said host Jeffrey Ross. “So with that in mind, please enjoy the Roast of Anne Frank, and the end of my career,” he said in the show’s introduction.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and a majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, are all against extremist Christian preacher Steven Anderson visiting the Netherlands. The American preacher plans to do some "soul winning" and give a sermon in Amsterdam on May 23rd.
Members of the Center for Information an Documentation on Israel's youth organization CIJO where "physically harassed" while protesting at a meeting with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Paard in The Hague on Thursday. CIJO chairman Hidde van Koningsveld got "a few blows to the neck", CIJO said, the Telegraaf reports.
Geert Wilders and the PVV sparked outrage and anger from politicians and various organizations with an anti-Islam campaign video broadcast on NPO on Thursday. A number of politicians and organizations announced that they will be pressing charges of incitement to hatred and violence against the PVV leader as well as the broadcaster.
Palestinian woman Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted in Israel for a bomb attack that killed two people, spoke at a gathering on the Vrije Universiteit's campus in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The University did not know about this meeting and demands an explanation, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.
The Netherlands' center for information and documentation on Israel, CIDI, worries that an "explosion of violence" will result from the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, director Hanna Luden said to NOS. Donald Trump is expected to officially announce later today that the United States is moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ChristenUnie thinks the Netherlands should follow suit, parliamentarian Joel Voordewind said to BNR.
A commemoration for asylum seekers who died in the crossing to Europe arranged for Amsterdam on Thursday evening, at the same time as the national commemoration for WWII victims for Remembrance Day, has been canceled, the initiators announced in an open letter. "Because it was never our intention to commemorate refugees from angry words, we decided to stop our initiative", Matthijs Jaspers said, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam pastor Rikko Voorberg wants to commemorate killed asylum seekers with 3 thousand white paper crosses on the Rembrandt square in Amsterdam on Remembrance Day. His plan was met by resistance from Jewish organization CIDI and the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, who want to keep the focus of Remembrance Day on victims of World War II, AD reports.
The Twents Auction House in Enschede decided not to auction off a portrait of Adolf Hitler and two paintings depicting SS leader Heinrich Himmler after the announcement of the auction caused outraged reactions
The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel is pressing charges against PSV supporters on Wednesday. A video posted online shows the supporters chanting an antisemitic song, a spokesperson for CIDI confirmed
The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) is demanding that Amsterdam finds another name for the Mijksenaarzaal in the city hall, the Stopera. This follows a report in Het Parool that former Amsterdam official Pieter Jan Mijksenaar actively cooperated in the deportation of Jews during World War II. The Amsterdam city council is demanding further research into the matter and will then see what can be done.
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.
The Jewish community of Amsterdam-Zuid are concerned about the arrival of a refugee center in Amstelveen-Noord, which local residents were informed about on Monday night. The proposed shelter will house 400 refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq.
Dutch development aid money is being to pay fines for Palestinian farmers so that they can retrieve equipment seized by the Israeli army. This practice has been going on for years.
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 Royal Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) in-house prosecutor specialized in professional football has given FC Utrecht a settlement proposal for the anti-Semitic chants heard during the match between FC Utrecht and AFC Ajax on April 5th. The proposal consists of a 10,000 euro fine and an empty hardcore supporter section, nicknamed the "Bunnikside," during the next home match against Ajax, KNVB stated in a press release on Tuesday.
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.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents increased with 71 percent in the Netherlands last year. The severity of the incidents also increased. This is according to figures released by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) yesterday, RTL reports.
The Centraal Joods Overleg (Central Jewish Board) in the Netherlands is insisting that the security around possible Jewish targets in the Netherlands be sharpened immediately. This follows the attacks in Copenhagen over this weekend.
Allseas has decided to change the name of the Pieter Schelte due to the "widespread reactions", The Guardian reports. The new name was not immediately announced. This decision was made after protests by Jewish groups and unions.
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."