Antisemitism is Normal in Amsterdam, not Incidental

 
 Bad News from the Netherlands: The NRC daily has published an article on anti-Semitism in Amsterdam which states that it has become the norm rather than incidental. There are six neighborhoods in Amsterdam where Jews cannot wear a skullcap or clothes which identify them as such for fear of attack. A rabbi who lives in one of the better neighborhoods says that he goes out on the streets as little as possible because he almost always is insulted by Moroccans who shout at him: “Hitler apparently forgot one”. The rabbi says that many Jews have similar experiences in Amsterdam. The monitor of discrimination on the internet found that half of the 577 punishable internet statements in 2009 were against Jews. The article also said that if the monitor would have looked carefully at sites for Moroccans in the Netherlands, they could have easily added another 1,000 punishable anti-Semitic internet statements. [Comment: This situation developed almost entirely under the Mayor Job Cohen who served from January 2001 until March 2010 shortly after which he became leader of the Dutch Labor party].  (The original article appeared in NRC Handelsblad, 12 June 2010)



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