Netherlands, Belgium pledge new funds to UN Palestinian relief agency following U.S. cutbacks

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Netherlands and Belgium pledged a total of $38 million US for the UN agency that provides aid to Palestinians following U.S. funding cuts of $110 million.

Belgium’s government pledged $23.3 million US in extra funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Dutch government said it would fast-track another $15 million US in funding. [Read more…]

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Dutch Holocaust survivor ordered to pay taxes on forced labour pension

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch tax authority is seeking payment from an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor for a pension stipend that she is receiving from Germany for her employment as a child in forced labour.

The Tax and Customs Administration demanded in summer that Inge Prenzlau pay a portion of her $156 monthly compensation stipend from Germany even though that country exempts other recipients residing in Germany and beyond from paying taxes on that class of payments, Het Financieele Dagblad last week reported. [Read more…]

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Dutch Red Cross apologizes for failing to protect Jews from the Nazis

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch Red Cross offered its “deep apologies” for failing to act to protect Jews during World War II following the publication of a research paper on its inaction.

“The war years are undoubtedly a black stain on the pages of our 150-year history,” Inge Brakman, chairwoman of the Dutch Red Cross, told the De Telegraaf daily Wednesday. There was a “lack of courage” on the part of the organization during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she said. [Read more…]

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