Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Simon Wiesenthal Center to Deputy Prime Minister: Combat extreme demonization of Israel and the Jews in the Netherlands.

During his visit to the Netherlands last week Rabbi Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, accompanied by former Dutch Parliamentarian Wim Kortenoeven, met Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Ascher. He mentioned to Ascher and other politicians that a German study carried out on behalf of the Social Democratic Friedrich Ebert Foundation found that more than 38% of the Dutch people believe that Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians. He said that this and other types of extreme demonization of Israel and Jews should be a matter of concern for Dutch authorities and society, and asked the Dutch government to combat this. Rabbi Cooper also discussed the plight of Mehmet Sahin, the Dutch Turkish volunteer worker who opposed the Dutch Turkish youngsters who praised the Holocaust, Hitler and the killing of Jewish babies on television. After being verbally attacked and receiving death threats, Sahin was forced into hiding.

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