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  • Netherlands to deploy more police at Jewish sites after Belgium attack

    May 27, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Dutch authorities said on Tuesday they were deploying more police officers at Jewish sites, including cultural centers, schools and synagogues, after three people were shot dead at the Jewish Museum in Brussels this weekend.

    The attacker, who was caught on a security camera...

  • Music makes the long journey from Israel to L.A.

    January 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    It was late during World War II and Curt Lowens, a member of the Dutch resistance whose family had fled Berlin after Kristallnacht, saw an Allied plane in distress. He knew what he had to do. 

    Lowens followed the plane, watched as its pilots bailed out and then met them on the...

  • Survey: Dutch favor Arab recognition of Israel as Jewish state

    November 19, 2013 | 11:17 am

    More than two-thirds of respondents to a survey in the Netherlands said Arab countries should recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

    Some 68 percent of 4,200 adults polled last month told the leading Dutch polling company Peil.nl they believed that Arab countries “should recognize...

  • Dutch museum to move, reopen as synagogue

    August 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    A city in eastern Holland has pledged nearly $750,000 for restoring a museum to its previous function as a synagogue.

    The switch will become possible in 2015, when the natural science museum in Nijmegen leaves its current building, the Dutch regional daily De Gelderlander...

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  • Dutch commission calls for freezing ties with Israel

    July 2, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Holland’s ruling party rejected a recommendation by the country’s foreign policy advisory council to negotiate with Hamas and freeze ties with Israel over settlements.

    The recommendations on Israel came in nonbinding conclusions listed in a recent report by Holland’s Advisory...

  • Near Dutch ‘Sharia triangle,’ a small Jewish enclave endures

    May 30, 2013 | 9:14 am

    On a cold winter night in 2008, Wim Kortenoeven was startled by the crackling of a large fire raging near his home on the edge of this city’s last remaining Jewish enclave.

    Rushing from his apartment, Kortenoeven walked 70 yards and crossed the line separating his Jewish-owned...

  • Sports-related incidents spark slight rise in Dutch anti-Semitism

    May 23, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The doubling of sports-related anti-Semitism last year led to the first increase in overall anti-Semitic incidents in three years in the Netherlands.

    In its annual monitor report on anti-Semitism, released Thursday, the Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on...

  • Dutch bounty hunters preyed on Jews during Holocaust, study shows

    April 19, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Dozens of Dutchmen preyed on Jews for cash during the Holocaust, according to a new study.

    According to the research by Pinchas Bar Efrat, 82, as many as 80 bounty hunters roamed the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II.

    Led by two men, Wim Henneicke and...

  • Dutch teens’ praise of Hitler requires research, Jewish group says

    February 26, 2013 | 7:23 am

    A Dutch Jewish group has called on Holland’s government to probe anti-Semitism in the country's high schools following the airing of interviews with immigrant pupils who praised the Holocaust and Jew hatred.

    “Anti-Semitic biases seem much more widespread than earlier presumed...

  • EU boss: Jews exemplify cultural integration

    January 9, 2013 | 10:53 am

    During a visit to the Dutch capital’s Portuguese Synagogue, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said European Jews “exemplify cultural integration.”

    Barroso, a former prime minister of his native Portugal who today holds the most powerful position in the European...

  • Dutch TV airs fake Netanyahu speech about targeting Gaza civilians

    November 26, 2012 | 9:14 am

    A Dutch news show has stirred controversy by airing a fake satirical video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bragging to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about civilian deaths in Gaza.

    “We are trying to maximize the number of civilian casualties. We prefer...

  • Dutch police nab suspected stabber of French Jew

    November 13, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Dutch police reportedly arrested and extradited to Switzerland a 22-year-old Briton suspected of stabbing a Jewish man in Geneva.

    The suspect is a member of extreme right circles, according to CICAD, a Swiss watchdog on anti-Semitism, and was arrested last month in the...

  • Dutch soccer director vows to punish anti-Jewish chanters

    October 30, 2012 | 9:42 am

    The director of a soccer team from the Dutch city of Utrecht has vowed to punish fans who sang anti-Semitic chants during a recent match.

    “Racism will not be tolerated in the stadium,” Wilco van Schaik, general director of FC Utrecht, told the Dutch news agency ANP. The report...

  • Salmonella outbreak linked to smoked salmon brand sold by Costco

    October 2, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the United States, sparking a major recall, health authorities said Tuesday.

    The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the United States.

    Read more at MercuryNews.com.

  • Dutch businessman riles neighbors with new plan for ‘Holocaust-themed’ gate

    September 27, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Neighbors of a Dutch businessman are threatening to sue him if he erects a gate that they say has a Nazi theme.

    The television station RTV last week showed footage of the foundation for the gate at the estate of Jack Bakker, a businessman and art collector, and his lawyer...

  • Dutch businessman riles neighbors with new plan for ‘Holocaust-themed’ gate

    September 27, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Neighbors of a Dutch businessman are threatening to sue him if he erects a gate that they say has a Nazi theme.

    The television station RTV last week showed footage of the foundation for the gate at the estate of Jack Bakker, a businessman and art collector, and his lawyer...

  • Report: Two pro-Israel organizations in U.S. funded Geert Wilders

    September 10, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders reportedly received funding from a pro-Israel think tank and the founder of a network of conservative groups in the United States.

    Daniel Pipes, director of The Middle East Forum, said his Philadelphia-based think tank funded Wilders'...

  • Yad Vashem to scan documents on Dutch Righteous among the Nations

    August 27, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The government of the Netherlands and Yad Vashem have agreed to digitally archive documents connected to Dutch rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.

    The documents will be scanned by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust commemoration authority, in the next two years, Yad Vashem deputy...

  • Amsterdam Jewish community warns U.S. Jews of ‘dangerous’ Dutch politician

    August 22, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The chairman of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam asked a Dutch politician to warn U.S. Jews about a “dangerous” rightist Dutch legislator.

    Ronnie Eisenman, chairman of the executive board of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, or NIHS, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the “Amsterdam...

  • Dutch lawmaker resigns over party’s stand on banning ritual slaughter

    July 9, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Dutch lawmaker Wim Kortenoeven resigned from his party in protest of its support for banning ritual slaughter, among other issues.

    Kortenoeven announced his resignation from the Party for Freedom at a news conference last week in The Hague. Founded in 2005 by Geert Wilders, the...

  • Dutch Senate ratifies deal allowing shechitah

    June 13, 2012 | 9:40 am

    The Dutch senate voted to approve a deal to allow ritual slaughter in the Netherlands.

    Tuesday’s vote came after leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Netherland signed off on a compromise with the government.

    The agreement signed on June 5 allows ritual slaughter if...

  • Tina Strobos, who saved Dutch Jews during the Shoah, dies

    March 5, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Tina Strobos, a medical student in Amsterdam during World War II who helped save more than 100 Jews from the Nazis, has died.

    Strobos, who had joined the Dutch resistance and later was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, died Feb. 27 at the age of 91.

    Strobos and her...

  • Dutch withdraw bill banning ritual slaughter

    December 14, 2011 | 11:05 am

    A bill to ban ritual slaughter was withdrawn by the Dutch Senate days before a scheduled vote.

    Animal Rights Party leader Marianne Thieme withdrew the bill late Tuesday after a majority of senators expressed their objection to the ban on kosher slaughter, or shechitah. The measure...

  • Discourage male circumcision, Dutch doctors urge

    September 27, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    A Dutch medical association has called on politicians and human rights groups to discourage male circumcision.

    The Royal Dutch Medical Association last week appealed to politicians to speak out about the procedure, called a brit milah in Hebrew, in an attempt to encourage religious...

  • Dutch must find compromise on ritual slaughter ban

    July 7, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    The Jewish community in Holland has its roots in those who fled persecution and discrimination to a land that has become acclaimed for its freedom of religion and expression.

    This freedom may be eroding, however, as a central component of Jewish life may be outlawed in the very near...

  • In Dutch shechitah ban, Jews see a sign they are unwanted

    July 7, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    A few streets over from the bookstore where Anne Frank bought her famous diary, the only kosher butcher shop in Holland is bustling. Two employees man the long counter at Slagerij Marcus, pausing from chopping meat to sell customers a bit of this or that for Shabbat dinner.

    In the...

  • European groups slam Dutch shechitah ban

    June 29, 2011 | 10:06 am

    European Jewish groups slammed a decision by the lower house of the Dutch parliament to ban the ritual slaughter of animals.

    The Conference of European Rabbis President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt called the ban an outrage that would prevent Jews from living a Jewish life in The...

  • Dutch lawmakers offer compromise on kosher slaughter ban

    June 23, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    The Dutch Parliament has offered a compromise on a bill that would ban kosher slaughter.

    Under the compromise hammered out June 22, ritual slaughter will not be included in a bill that would ban the slaughter of animals in the Netherlands without first stunning them if it can be...

  • Proposed Dutch ban on ritual slaughter is unfair, ill advised

    April 12, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Animal rights or Jewish rites? That is the question this week before the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, as it considers a bill that effectively would prohibit shechitah, the Jewish ritual slaughter of animals.

    According to the Jewish Historical Museum in...

  • Dutch soccer player rues anti-Semitic chants

    March 22, 2011 | 10:21 am

    A Dutch soccer player apologized for chanting anti-Semitic slogans caught on camera following a victory over a team with traditional Jewish support.

    Lex Immers of the Dutch ADO Den Haag team apologized Monday in a statement on the team’s website for the remarks made in a bar with...

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