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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Dutch ex-PM slammed for using Holocaust-era word to describe Israeli arrests of Palestinians

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A leader of Dutch Jews criticized a former prime minister of the Netherlands for using a word that is widely associated with the Holocaust to describe arrests by Israel of Palestinians.

Dries van Agt, a pro-Palestinian activist who in 2012 said Jews should have “gotten a piece of land in Germany” instead of Israel because “World War II had nothing to do with the Middle East,” used the word “razzia” on Twitter to describe the arrests of terror suspects last week. [Read more…]

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Dutch government ‘obsessed’ with Israel, Simon Wiesenthal Center says

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the Dutch government has an “obsession” with Israel following the publication of a foreign policy platform singling out the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

“The Dutch are fixated” on the conflict Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the centre’s associate dean, wrote in an article published Tuesday by the Huffington Post website, co-authored with Manfred Gerstenfeld, an anti-Semitism  researcher with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. [Read more…]

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Dutch pro-Palestinian activist who accused Netanyahu of racism named deputy foreign minister

Sigrid Kaag in 2011. (Flickr Commons)
Sigrid Kaag in 2011. (Flickr Commons)

Sigrid Kaag in 2011. (Flickr Commons)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A Dutch activist for Palestinian rights who is married to a senior member of the PLO was nominated cabinet minister for international aid at her country’s foreign ministry.

Sigrid Kaag’s nomination to the position – the second-most powerful cabinet post at the Dutch foreign ministry – will be formalized in the coming days following the signing of a coalition deal between the ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy and three other partners, including her left-wing D66 party, the NOS public broadcaster reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Soccer fans in the Netherlands used a picture of child victims of the Holocaust to taunt a rival team in what Dutch activists against racism called a new low for anti-Semitic rhetoric in sports.

The photo featuring two toddlers wearing a yellow star was widely circulated on Twitter under the hashtag #anti020week. The digits are the Amsterdam-area dial code, which in soccer jargon references the city’s main soccer club, Ajax. The picture, in which one child appears to be nearing tears, also featured the caption “When 020 had only one star.” [Read more…]

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BDS protesters chant about killing Jews at Netherlands rally

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Jewish umbrella group has filed a police complaint over demonstrators in Rotterdam shouting in Arabic about killing Jews.

The Dutch Central Jewish Board said in a statement Wednesday that the July 22 incident occurred at a rally advertised by a newly formed organization called the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands, or PGNL. The Rotterdam branch of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which also advertised the event on its Facebook page, was the real organizer of the rally, according to the statement. [Read more…]

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Belgium exempts Holocaust survivors it fined for alleged tax evasion

(JTA) – Belgium’s finance ministry has exempted dozens of Dutch Holocaust survivors from penalties for not reporting special pensions they received from the Netherlands.

The New Flemish Alliance, the ruling party of the Belgian state of the Flemish Region, led a reform in federal tax regulations implemented this month that exempts the survivors living in Belgium from the heavy penalties imposed on them. [Read more…]

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