The Netherlands reports record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019

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The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, June 1, 2014. Photo: Alfredo Borba via Wikimedia Commons.

The category of real-life cases, which involved threats, insults and assaults on the street or in the workplace, saw the largest increase—from 27 cases in 2018 to 61 last year.

(February 19, 2020 / JNS) The highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever recorded in the Netherlands took place in 2019, according to a report released on Monday.

The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) has been monitoring anti-Semitism in the Netherlands for about 30 years and said 182 incidents took place in 2019—a 35 percent increase from 2018.

They divided the cases into six categories, including online abuse and vandalism.

The category of real-life cases, which involved threats, insults and assaults on the street or in the workplace, saw the largest increase—from 27 cases in 2018 to 61 last year.Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories

Eighteen incidents of this type of anti-Semitism were committed by activists or supporters of the BDS movement who, during rallies in central Amsterdam, called counter protesters “cockroaches” and kikes,” wrote CIDI.

Anti-Semitism at school accounted for 11 cases. Only one incident of far-right anti-Semitism was recorded in 2019.

CIDI director Hanna Luden told Israel Hayom that the organization will soon publish a comprehensive report about online anti-Semitism.

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