An original translation by SIMONXML
For most of us 2016 got off to a good start but for some Amsterdam Jews New Year was a lot less enjoyable. Their home was attacked by youths who kicked the windows and doors and shouted “free Palestine”. The house was badly damaged as shown in this photo posted by one of the occupants on Facebook:
The occupant stated on Facebook that they intend to report the frightening incident. Anti-Semitic incidents such as these are becoming more common in the Netherlands. Figures from the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) records that reports of anti-Semitism are showing a strong upward trend. In 2014 the number of incidents of physical violence doubled compared to 2013 and the number of incidents of verbal abuse on the street increased by 90 percent. Threats were also more common.
The fact that the anti-Semitic attackers during the New Year used both the slogan “Jewish cancer” and “free Palestine” proves that anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli views are closely intertwined. In the words of the CIDI:
“The offenders seem to see the actions of Israel as an excuse for expressing the anti-Semitic feelings that they already have.”
It is to be hoped that the perpetrators responsible are caught and brought to justice quickly. Only through firm action can such incidents be halted.