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Anti-Semitic Dutch soccer chant makes its way to school

“Together we’ll burn Jews, because Jews burn the best.”

This is the vile anti-Semitic soccer chant often heard during matches connected to Amsterdam’s Ajax football team. Their players and supporters are often dubbed “Jews” because of the historic Jewish presence in the city, which is sometimes colloquially called “Mokum” after the Yiddish word for “place.”


However, high school pupils of Elde College in the town of Schijndel, 70 miles southeast of Amsterdam decided to repeat the chant during their recent graduation gala ceremony, the Brabants Dagblad daily reported on Wednesday.

The student body and organizing committee of the Elde College gala expressed their sincere apologies for the incident, but Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said the guilty parties “must be prosecuted for hate speech.”

Jacobs referenced the incident during his speech earlier this week in Vught, at a ceremony for Jewish Holocaust victims at a former Nazi internment camp. “Only six years ago, we were profoundly shocked when two young men screamed ‘Heil Hitler’ during a commemoration ceremony at Vught,” he said. “But today, this wouldn’t be so shocking anymore. It is happening all the time in the Netherlands, and we must face this change with honesty, and combat it with education and severe punishments for violators.”

The Chief Rabbi’s own home in Amersfoort has been attacked five times in recent years, especially during periods of unrest in Israel.

Amsterdam to pay its Jewish community millions for Holocaust survivor taxes

The city of Amsterdam will give its Jewish community $11 million as compensation for taxes imposed on Holocaust survivors who returned home to the Dutch capital following World War II.


Upon their return, according to an article in The Telegraph on Monday, the survivors were made to pay a tax because their homes were left empty during the Holocaust. They also had to pay back taxes for the years they had been taken away from the city, as well as insurance fees.

The taxes were discovered by a student in 2013, and that year, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the city should “put it right,” according to The Telegraph. On Friday, the city said it would pay the $11 million — an estimate of the total taxes paid by survivors following the war.

“Amsterdam has 5 million to 10 million euros in its coffers that it doesn’t want, and we have no right to it, so we want to give it back to the Jewish community to be used for important projects,” a spokesman for the mayor said, according to the Telegraph. “Finding the individual people or their relatives would be very costly and complex, and that is not the idea.”

The city has suggested the money be put toward a Holocaust memorial monument or community programs.

Poor response from top Dutch football club following release of anti-Semitic video

Dutch football team, PSV Eindhoven have been criticised for its response to a video of some of its fans filmed recently singing about burning Jews.

In the video, which was posted online yesterday (May 10), several dozen fans of the club were filmed at a McDonald’s singing a song that last year brought another Dutch team, FC Utrecht, into disrepute.

“My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews ’cause Jews burn the best,” the PSV Eindhoven fans allegedly sang.

images-2PSV Eindhoven’s spokesman, Thijs Slegers, told the Eindhovens Dagblad daily that while the club will study the footage to see if those filmed belong to the team, “If that’s not the case, there’s nothing we can do,” he said.

Slegers also said there is no proof the video was recorded Monday and that while the chant featured “a horrible text” his club needs “to study what went on” during the scene filmed.

A spokesman for the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, which is a major Dutch watchdog on anti-Semitism, told the RTL broadcaster that “the images don’t lie.”

CIDI has filed a complaint with police for incitement against the people filmed singing.

Last year, the Dutch soccer association slapped FC Utrecht with a $12,000 fine on fans who sang the same song and another chant about Hamas and “sending Jews to the gas” during a match against Ajax.

Ajax and its supporters are often dubbed “Jews” because of the historical Jewish presence in Amsterdam, which is sometimes colloquially called “Mokum” after the Yiddish word for “place.”

Some Ajax fans embrace the label, and some have brought Israeli flags to matches before it was banned on the grounds that it invites anti-Semitic abuse.

On Monday, mass celebrations broke out in the Dutch eastern city after Eindhoven had clinched the Dutch Eredivisie league title by beating PEC Zwolle 3-1 on Sunday while Ajax could only manage a 1-1 draw at second-last De Graafschap. It was the second successive Eredivisie title for the club.

David Irving has ‘nowhere’ to stay for speech

The British Holocaust denier David Irving has had his hotel reservation cancelled at the Mercure hotel in The Hague where he was to give a lecture on Thursday.

The hotel told him he was not welcome after consultation with The Hague council. Irving, who was to give a lecture entitled Hitler, Himmler and the Homosexuals, has been barred from several countries and was jailed in 2006 in Austria for denying or minimizing the Jewish genocide.

Irving getting the sort of reception some feel he deserves.
Irving getting the sort of reception some feel he deserves.

Among those protesting at Irving’s visit was the Dutch Israeli information centre CIDI which pointed out that he would be here on the day the Netherlands is commemorating the February strike of 1941. 75 years It is 75 years ago on Thursday that workers in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas went on strike in a protest against what was to be the beginning of the large-scale persecution of Jews in the Netherlands.

CIDI also called on “all owners of event halls in The Hague to offer no platform to the convict”.

The council says it cannot prevent him coming to The Hague, but only encourage venues not to give him a platform.

AntiSemitismWatch congratulates the Mercure Hotel!

Is the Dutch banning of Shechita anti-Semitic?

The Netherlands is moving to implement stricter rules overseeing the religious slaughter of animals for meat consumption by observant Jews as well as for Muslims, the Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry announced this week.

Once implemented, the new Dutch rules will ban the export of kosher and halal meat outside of the Netherlands, and will require all domestic religious slaughterhouses to register with the government.

shechita-logoAdditionally, religiously slaughtered meat will have to be clearly labeled and will not be able to be sold at regular supermarket chains, according to a letter written by Junior Economic Affairs Minister Martijn van Dam and posted on the Dutch government website.

Some Jewish leaders have blasted the decision as anti-Semitic due to the restriction it places on the ability of observant Jews to follow halachic law. Others believe that such a ban is illegal under European Union law.

The Dutch move follows a similar decision taken by the Danish government. Spokesmen for both respective governments suggested, contrary to the case presented by shechita authorities, that animal rights was the main consideration.

“I find the current implementation unacceptable. Negative effects on animal welfare must be minimized,” wrote Van Dam.

What do you think? Is the banning of shechita driven in whole or in part by the rising tide of European anti-Semitism? Let us know via our online comment section below or by email at secretary@antisemitismwatch.com

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Dutch State Prosecutor Accused of Hiding Vicious Anti-Semitic Attack

A Dutch ‘CrimeWatch’ style TV program, Opsporing Verzocht, recently appealed for help in finding the vicious attackers of an elderly Dutch Jewish couple in their mid-eighties [Samuel (87) and Diana (86)]. The content of the program is determined by the State Prosecutor’s Office.

The police took photographs of the elderly victims © Police
The police took photographs of the elderly victims © Police

Samuel was left permanently blinded by the assailants and Diana was left unable to walk. Indeed, both are confined to a wheelchair. The two have also been forced to sell their house and now live in a nursing home .

In the course of the attack in their house, the cowardly invaders called them “dirty Jews” among other disgusting anti-Semitic insults. Yet the show completely failed to make mention of the anti-Semitic nature of the attack. At the time, the victims said that the attackers appeared to be “Arabic-Moroccan.”

When challenged as to why the obvious nature of the anti-Semitic assault had not been mentioned in the program, Franklin Wattimena, spokesman for the Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam, suggested that Samuel and Diana had not yet given their formal statement to police.

The victims lawyer, Herman Loon Stein, explained that the anti-Semitic feature of the attack was well understood by investigators and the program maker. He also complained that to leave it out potentially jeopardised the opportunity to  solve the case.

A spokesman for the Public Prosecutor has now sent a letter to the program makers requesting an additional broadcast. Whether the request of Loon Stein can be honored, the PPS can not say.

The couple’s son has offered a reward of 10,000 euros for information leading to the arrest of the offenders.

After Dutch government report now Deputy PM faces anti-Semitism

On Monday an AntiSemitismWatch article covered the release of a Dutch government report on the widespread anti-Semitism in the country’s schools. On Tuesday the country’s deputy prime minister said that he has stopped interacting on social media because of anti-Semitic abuse against him.

Lodewijk Asscher, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister. Has faced anti-Semitic abuse online.
Lodewijk Asscher, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister. Has faced anti-Semitic abuse online.

Lodewijk Asscher, who has Jewish ancestors, in a Facebook post in Dutch, entitled “Disrespectful Dog,” lists the handles of several Twitter users who used anti-Semitic language against him, and quotes a number of offensive tweets.

“The Zionist dog Asscher skips UN meeting on racism, not anti-Semitism. The former doesn’t interest him,” wrote one user on Twitter, according to Asscher.

Another said, “Asscher would rather crawl into a Muslim burrow than stand with his own nation! Just like his grandfather, who was happy to work for the occupier.”

Asscher, of the left-leaning Labor Party, wrote that the reference is actually to his great-grandfather, Abraham Asscher, who was a member of the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to control Dutch Jews ahead of their extermination in death camps. He sarcastically congratulated those who traced back his lineage for their “great interest in history.”

As a result of receiving this hate-filled material, he added, “I often no longer react to people who approach me on social media.” Asscher finished by asking social media users to show the posts they intend to publish about him to their mothers or daughters before posting.

“If they also think it’s a good idea, go ahead and post,” he wrote.


Dutch government report: Jew hatred a ‘recurrent problem’ in schools

In the country with a long Jewish tradition and the world-wide learning generated by Anne Frank’s diary, anti-Semitism is sadly a persistent problem in some Dutch schools and especially among Muslim pupils.

This is according to a new government-commissioned report on discrimination in education, titled “Two Worlds, Two Realities – How Do You Deal with It as a Teacher.” It was published last week by Margalith Kleijwegt, a Dutch-Jewish journalist, at the request of the Dutch ministry of education.

The report, which is based on visits to schools and conversations with dozens of teachers since January 2015, says that teachers sometimes feel powerless to change the deep-seated biases and violent attitudes of some pupils, including on Jews.

One female teacher from Amsterdam of high school pupils following a vocational education program told Kleijwegt of a lesson about democratic values and against discrimination, in which a female pupil of Moroccan descent stood up and said: “If I had a Kalashnikov [assault rifle], I’d gun down all the Jews.” She then made shooting gestures and sounds.

Shocked, the teacher tried to make the pupil empathize with a Jew but felt she was not getting through to her.

“I wasn’t getting there”, the report quotes the teacher as saying. “I asked her to imagine a 5-year-old Jewish girl who lives here. What would she have to do with Israel’s policies? Unfortunately, there was no place for empathy. The pupil didn’t care about that girl. She had only one message: The Jews should die.”

“Anti-Semitic behavior is a recurrent problem in some schools,” Kleijwegt wrote. “Some see it as a provocation [by pupils], others fear it goes deeper: That pupils receive anti-Jewish attitudes at home. The same applies to the growing group of Dutch pupils who say foreigners should rot and die. Is this provocation? Do they receive it at home?”

2016-02-08-19-17-17--1265389371In the report, Dutch Education Minister Jet Bussemaker wrote that the document “shows a reality that is inconvenient and sometimes painful” but must be confronted and dealt with “in accordance to democratic values.”