Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | The Netherlands on Tuesday became the latest European country to report sickening levels of anti-Semitism with a 19% increase in recorded anti-Jewish incidents in 2018 to a record 230 cases, Ben Cohen reported in the Algemeiner.
The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI)—a Dutch Jewish watchdog group—recorded in its annual report 135 anti-Semitic incidents during 2018, with a further 95 cases of anti-Semitism online.
“CIDI is concerned about the increase in anti-Semitism and wants a clear action plan from the government to combat this problem,” a statement from the group that accompanied the report said. “It is high time that the police and the judicial authorities paid specific attention to anti-Semitism and properly identified the problem.”
In one incident in June, a security guard at a nightclub in the Dutch city of Vlaardingen violently removed a Jewish teenager from the property after seeing his identity card, which carried a distinctly Jewish name. In a separate incident in February, a man waiting for the metro was approached by another man who told him, “God will kill you.”
The CIDI noted that many Dutch Jews are subjected to anti-Semitic abuse at work, on campus or in school and in their neighborhoods.
“The most drastic increase was registered in incidents occurring in people’s direct vicinity,” the report said. “This encompasses incidents at schools, at work or between neighbors. The increase in this category is 67% compared to the previous year (from 24 in 2017 up to 40 in 2018).”
The report emphasized: “This is the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in people’s direct vicinity in 10 years.”
The watchdog also observed that many anti-Semitic attacks go unreported. “Only 25% of respondents in the Netherlands report incidents of anti-Semitism to the police, other government agencies or an NGO such as CIDI,” the group said. Moreover, the report observed, “Forty-one percent of all cases of discrimination [in the Netherlands] concern anti-Semitism.”
CIDI concluded that when “anti-Semitism occurs—on the street, at school, on the internet—it is important that people speak out clearly.”
“We should not consider antisemitism to be normal,” the watchdog urged.
In February, studies in both the United Kingdom and France reported sharp increases in anti-Semitic incidents during 2018.
Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of history at Emory University and author of numerous books on the Holocaust, assessed the results of a poll of more than 7,000 Europeans in seven nations conducted on behalf of CNN in November of last year.
According to the poll, 25% of those surveyed across Europe felt that Jews had too much influence in business. Lipstadt said the results were “frightening.”
Posted on March 13, 2019
Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project in its publication The Tower on March 12, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)
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