Monday, December 20, 2010

Prominent Jews Leave Amsterdam Over Anti-Semitism

The son of a well-known Dutch rabbi Ben Zion Evers, has announced plans to move to Israel due to anti-Semitism. He said, “I’m fed up with the verbal abuse and the street fighting.” He related to Dutch papers his own cautionary measures which include avoiding certain neighborhoods and hiding his Jewish head covering when walking through areas with a high number of Moroccan Muslims. Five of his brothers and sisters have already left the country. Evers added that there is an educated anti-Semitism that is disguised as anti-Zionism. There were recently several interviews in Dutch papers with Orthodox Jews about their frequent harassment mainly by Moroccan youngsters. The issue came into the public eye after former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein suggested that in the long run, the Netherlands would be a rather unpleasant place for Orthodox Jews to live. Earlier this year the Chief Rabbi of the Dutch Provincial Rabbinate, Binyomin Jacobs expressed concern over Dutch anti-Semitism.

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