Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anti-Semitism Expert: Dutch Anti-Semitism Long Lasting Problem

Elise Friedman, an expert in anti-Semitism at the Israel Information and Documentation Center (CIDI), has said that anti-Semitism in the Netherlands is a continuous destructive process and should not be presented as an epidemic. She points out that there was an increase in the number of attacks against visible Jews ten years ago. The lack of public outcry against this anti-Semitism indicated that society had already begun the process of its acceptance. In 2001 CIDI already noted that congregants of two synagogues were insulted and even threatened with knives by 15-40 year old Moroccans. Friedman adds that the Netherlands have made themselves look ridiculous internationally because they cannot protect their citizens of whatever origin.

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