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Anti-Semitism on Rise in Netherlands

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam (Photo: flickr/sarowen)

The ongoing spread of anti-Semitism across Europe has been particularly rabid over the past year - in France, in Belgium, and elsewhere. Now, Yediot Achronot's Tal Barkai reports on the rising anti-Semitism seen in the Netherlands:

The Netherland’s Jews are once again finding themselves under attack as they witness an upsurge in anti-Semitic-related incidents. According to one local Jewish man, slogans such as “filthy Jew” can increasingly be heard throughout the country, Holocaust denial has become commonplace, anti-Israel protests are the norm and a rising number of violent attacks go unreported.

This combination, said the resident (who requested to remain anonymous for fear of harassment), has prompted a flight of the Netherland's Orthodox Jewish community to Israel in recent years...

The situation for Dutch Jewry has become so worrisome that that the country's chief rabbi, Benjamin Jacobs, said, "People are debating removing the mezuzahs from their doorposts, since they identify them as Jews..."

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