Netherlands Becomes Latest European Country atto Record Worryatg Rise at Antisemitic OutragesAlgemeater #Ne_RlandsApril 2, 2019
The Netherlands on Tuesday became the latest European country to confirm a steep rise in antisemitic incidents over the last twelve months, following similarly alarming data released this year by Jewish organizations in France, the UK and Germany.
The Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) — a Dutch Jewish NGO that combats antisemitism and anti-Zionism — said in its annual report that antisemitic incidents in the country increased in 2018 by 19 percent on the previous year.
“CIDI is concerned about the increase in antisemitism and wants a clear action plan from the government to combat this problem,” a statement from the group that accompanied the report declared.
The CIDI report highlighted that many Dutch Jews are subjected to antisemitic abuse by colleagues at work, as well as in school and from their own neighbors.
Many of the problems that occur in the reporting of antisemitism in other countries are also present in the Netherlands.
“Only 25 percent of respondents in the Netherlands report incidents of antisemitism to the police, other government agencies, or an NGO such as CIDI,” the report said.
Moreover, the report observed, “41 percent of all cases of discrimination [in the Netherlands] concern antisemitism.” Many of these incidents have occurred at soccer matches, the report said, where antisemitic chants and the use of the word “Jood” (“Jew”) as an insult are frequently heard.
Urging special attention upon “the values of democracy and the rule of the law,” CIDI argued that “when newcomers originate from societies where such values are not evident, these subjects should be taught to facilitate life in a democratic country.”
CIDI concluded that when “antisemitism occurs — on the street, at school, on the internet — it is important that people speak out clearly.”
In France, government statistics for 2018 showed an increase of 74 percent, with a 60 percent jump reported in neighboring Germany, while in the UK, the percentage rose by 16 percent, during a year that registered a record number of antisemitic incidents.