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Old 02-16-2014, 10:12 AM
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Portret van rabbijn Aryeh Ralbag - YouTube

Jewish Amsterdam - YouTube

A sneak peek of an upcoming film about Portuguese Jews in Netherlands - YouTube

Images of the Rotterdam jewish community in the sixties

Chief Rabbi Levi Vorst of Rotterdam - YouTube

Interreligious Call to the Rio+20 Conference: Towards Rio+20 and Beyond Declaration - YouTube

Halal and Kosher hit by Dutch ban - YouTube

Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam - YouTube

M. Savage, Dutch Jewish-origin caller on Jews voting against self-interest, on enemy as indulgence - YouTube

Lewaja/ memorial service for Rav Meir Just of Amsterdam, Holland (Part 1 of 3 videos) - YouTube

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Old 02-16-2014, 10:14 AM
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I hear anti-semitism is rising in the Netherlands. Is this true?
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:41 AM
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Pretty sure it's rising in most of Europe due to the huge influx of Muslim immigrants.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:44 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, there are some countries in the Netherlands that frown on religion in general, not just Judaism. I've met Muslims that got along just fine with Jews, and other racist people who were not Muslims, so I'm not sure it's a fair assessment to say that Muslim population increase is directly related to the rise of anti-Semitism.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:12 AM
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The failure of assimilation of Muslim immigrants communities in Europe together with economic and social problems and the spread of fundamentalist ideas among the Muslim youth in Europe has led to radicalization inside the Muslim communities and especially among the youth. This, together with the escalation of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and the failure of the Oslo peace process, the Jews in Europe were more and more perceived as promoters and favors of pro-Israeli ideas. Thus, the thin line that existed before between antisemitism and anti-Zionism has become even thinner. A number of studies conducted among the Muslim youth in various western European countries have showed that Muslim children have far more anti-Semitic ideas than Christian children- in 2011 Mark Elchardus, a Belgian sociologist, published a report on Dutch-language elementary schools in Brussels. He found that about 50 percent of Muslim students in second and third grade could be considered anti-Semites, versus 10% of others. In the same year Unther Jikeli published his findings from the 117 interviews he conducted with Muslim male youngsters (average age 19) in Berlin, Paris and London. The majority of the interviewees voiced some, or strong anti-Semitic feelings. They expressed them openly and often aggressively.
Antisemitism in Europe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What still stings me is that I did not take her seriously; what she said, however, has proven anything but far fetched. A 2011 study by Mark Elchardus, relates that one out of every two Muslim students in Brussels -- half -- are anti-Semitic.
A recent study roughly replicated the same results for the Belgian cities of Ghent and Antwerp. Conversely, Belgium is also the country that is allowing Abou Jahjah, founder of the Arab-European League, a known anti-Semite and Hezbollah affiliate, accused of instigating riots and forming a private militia, to return to Belgium after having left it for Lebanon in 2006 to "fight off the foreign invasion" alongside Hezbollah. A country in which officials teach schoolchildren that the Holocaust was similar to "what's happening in Gaza"; that accepts the return of a man who was part of a foreign hostile fighting force and says he "felt a sense of victory" on 9/11, is indeed likely to become a country where a girl is refused entry on a bus because she is Jewish.

European Anti-Semitism and the Fear of Muslims :: Gatestone Institute
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:26 AM
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Interesting - thanks.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:50 AM
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Clearly, the Muslim immigrants are not solely responsible for it, but it seems the non-Muslims are doing nothing to stop it, if not outright aiding and abetting.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:37 PM
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Anti-semitism is rising in the Netherlands and it has various causes. You have different kinds of anti-semitism. The old christian anti-semitism which saw the jews as the killers of christ and the myth of jews who killed christian kids to make matzes bread from them. You have the pseudo, race biological, eugenic, ideological anti-semitism in it's Nazi and leftwing (communist anti-semitism) forms. And you have indeed the newest form of anti-semitism, the anti-semitism of muslim migrants in Europe. The largest source of anti-semitism comes from the latter in my opinion.

In Amsterdam Moroccan youth harass orthodox jews

Anti-semitic slogans by Rotterdam Hooligans against supportes of the Amsterdam club Ajax

Rotterdam Hooligans singing - YouTube
They shout: Hamas Hamas jews to the gass, and 'Who doesn't jump [like them] is a jew'.
Supporters of the Amsterdam club are called 'jews' and they call themselves 'Superjews' as a reappropriation.

AK410 (=hard core Ajax Amsterdam fans): Where do the jews come from? F-side (=the old hard core Ajax Amsterdam fans): Israel far away from here
410 (other hard core Ajax fans): Do super jews live there?
F-side: Yes, super jews live there!
410: Do super jews love soccer?
F: Only if they are Pro-AJAX!
Amsterdam Amsterdam Amsterdam!


P.S.- Amsterdam is considered by many people as a city with jewish genes and Ajax a jewish soccer club. That is because before the war Amsterdam had a large jewish minority. And a lot of these jews, like non-jewish Amsterdam fans were fans of Ajax. And some of the Ajax soccer players were jewish. The Amsterdam dialect has a Yiddish element, it is a singing accent like the New York dialect in America.

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Old 02-16-2014, 03:03 PM
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Antisemitism in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has the second highest incidence of anti-Semitic incidents in the European Union. However, it is difficult to obtain exact figures because the specific groups against whom attacks are made are not specifically identified in police reports, and analyses of police data for anti-Semitism therefore relies on key-word searches, e.g. "Jew" or "Israel". According to Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), a pro-Israel lobby group in the Netherlands, the number of anti-Semite incidents reported in the whole of the Netherlands was 108 in 2008, 93 in 2009, and 124 in 2010. Some two thirds of this are acts of aggression. There are approximately 52 000 Dutch Jews. According to the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, the number of anti-Semite incidents in Amsterdam was 14 in 2008 and 30 in 2009. In 2010, RaphaŽl Evers, an orthodox rabbi in Amsterdam, told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that Jews can no longer be safe in the city anymore due to the risk of violent assaults. "We Jews no longer feel at home here in the Netherlands. Many people talk about moving to Israel," he said.

Jews in the Netherlands today

The Jewish population in the Netherlands became more internationalized, with an influx of mostly Israeli and Russian Jews during the last decades. Approximately one in three Dutch Jews has a non-Dutch background. The number of Israeli Jews living in the Netherlands (concentrated in Amsterdam) runs in the thousands (estimates run from 5,000 to 7,000 Israeli expatriates in the Netherlands, although some claims go as high as 12,000), although only a relatively small number of these Israeli Jews is connected to one of the religious Jewish institutions in the Netherlands. Some 10,000 Dutch Jews have emigrated to Israel in the last couple of decades.
At present, there are approximately 41,000 to 45,000 people in the Netherlands who are either Jewish as defined by halakha (Rabbinic law), defined as having a Jewish mother (70% – approximately 30,000 persons) or who have a Jewish father (30% – some 10,000 – 15,000 persons; their number was estimated at 12,470 in April 2006). Most Dutch Jews live in the major cities in the west of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht); some 44% of all Dutch Jews live in Amsterdam, which is considered the centre of Jewish life in the Netherlands. In 2000, 20% of the Jewish-Dutch population was 65 years or older; birth rates among Jews were low. An exception is the growing Orthodox Jewish population, especially in Amsterdam.

There are currently some 150 synagogues present in the Netherlands, of which some 50 are still used for religious services. Large Jewish communities in the Netherlands are found in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague; smaller ones are found throughout the country, in Alkmaar, Almere, Amersfoort, Amstelveen, Bussum, Delft, Haarlem, Hilversum, Leiden, Schiedam, Utrecht and Zaandam in the western part of the country, in Breda, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Middelburg, Oosterhout and Tilburg in the southern part of the country, and in Aalten, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Dieren, Assen, Deventer, Doetinchem, Enschede, Groningen, Heerenveen, Hengelo, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Winterswijk, Zutphen and Zwolle in the eastern and northern parts of the country.


Some 9,000 Dutch Jews, out of a total of 30,000 (some 30%), are connected to one of the seven major Jewish religious organizations. Smaller, independent synagogues exist as well.

Well known Dutch jews

Lodewijk Frans Asscher (born September 27, 1974) is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA). He has been the Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Cabinet Rutte II since November 5, 2012.

UriŽl "Uri" Rosenthal (born July 19, 1945), former minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from October 14, 2010 until November 5, 2012.

Leon de Winter, author

Diewer Sarah (Dieuwertje) Blok (Nederhorst den Berg, 8 augustus 1957) television host and actress.

Barbara Barend (Amsterdam, June 30 1974) tv sport journalist.

Margaretha (Marga) van Praag (Amsterdam, September 14 1946), well know TV news reporter and journalist.

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