Amsterdam considers using ‘fake Jews’ sting

Amsterdam considers using ‘fake Jews’ sting

31st July 2010, Comments 8 comments

Amsterdam’s interim mayor Lodewijk Asscher says he will investigate the possibility of using undercover agents posing as Jews in order to combat anti-semitism.

A spokesman said the mayor is open to unorthodox methods to end to the upsurge of violence against Jews in Amsterdam. Asscher was responding to a suggestion from Labour MP Ahmed Marcouch, himself of Moroccan parentage.
A TV programme broadcast in June by the Jewish Broadcasting Organisation showed rabbi Lody van de Kamp confronted by Moroccan youths giving the Hitler salute. The footage was recorded with a hidden camera. The rabbi and two school children went to various neighbourhoods in Amsterdam last week and were confronted not only by Hitler salutes but also by verbal abuse.

An earlier radio broadcast by the Jewish Broadcasting Organisation showed that the situation is equally serious in some other parts of the Netherlands, including the city of Rotterdam.
Ronny Naftaniel, the head of anti-semitism watchdog the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel, says, “it has become common for Jews to hide their skull-caps on the street.” The CIDI supports Ahmed Marcouch’s initiative.
In a radio interview the Labour MP said: “I say send fake Jews to arrest the attackers. Everything must be done to keep this phenomenon from growing. It seems like small incidents, but this is serious.”
Dutch police have in the past used officers posing as gay couples in order to combat anti-gay violence.


Radio Netherlands World


8 Comments To This Article

  • DF posted:

    on 5th August 2010, 17:18:33 - Reply

    uh ... actually the jews believe that they are the chose people or "race", despite the fact that jews come in all colours, shapes and sizes. so this does kind of blur religion and race a bit, doesn't it? they believe that they are from the nation of israel.

    might be better if the government just banned stupid religious clothes altogether - so if you want to wear a silly hat, beard and 19th century trench coat with a skull cap do it in your own house and ditto if you want to wear a face cover, headscarf and pyjamas in the street. that kind of clothing is meant to be divisive and meant to make people stand out. look at me - i'm a jew, i'm a muslim blah blah blah. not my fault i'm wearing these stupid clothes, god made me do it.

    better question then: how many jews and muslims and other people get this kind of hassle when they don't wear fancy dress? probably not many.

    overall people should be tolerant of others even if they want to wear fancy dress to show others that they are a part of a sect or tribe. but hopefully the world will move on such that people won't need to that in the future. or do you think that in the year 2910 we'll have people in clothes designed for russian winters in the 14th century or riding camels in the 8th century flying spaceships? i hope not.

    as someone with both jewish and arabic blood, i wish both these sets of idiots would just stop the abuse, bigotry and hatred. i find both sets of "traditional" clothing, jewish and arabic, kind of symbolize this stupidity: hatred and tribalism. so while i don't agree with it, with a war going on in the middle east between jews and arabs, can't see how you won't see tension in other parts of the world where both groups live side by side.

    love, peace and an end to bigoted religion :-)
  • jo posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 16:27:00 - Reply

    Ron in case you didn't know Muslim people form part of a religion not a specific nation ....just like Jews there are jewish dutch as there are Islamic dutch! and there is no discriminations here in holland [thankfully] against different religions...indeed we do not like discrimination of any kind! I guess you would not understand such sentiment!
  • Darci posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 16:26:09 - Reply

    @ Ron. What the heck are you doing on this site? Are you even in Europe?

    About to move to Amsterdam and will be on the lookout for racism and other archaic behaviours. Always incredible to me how simple human freedoms are lost on anyone, particularly those living in fear of others.

    We are not stupid dolts and recognize that cultural differences can appear insurmountable, but the first steps to inner and outer peace are ones steeped in nonviolence. We would all do well to practice this concept.
  • Ron posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 15:25:34 - Reply

    What is going on in Holland? Why are those insidious creatures, Moslems, even living in that European country? Who let them in and why?...
    Those people are nothing but trouble and must be returned to their own nations!
  • Alan posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 14:12:25 - Reply

    I guess the three who have recently posted don't get it. And that's part of the problem.
  • Jo Garvey posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 13:16:12 - Reply

    It is good to hear that the police will intervene against anti-Jewish sentiments or any discrimination! I wonder though do they also pose as Muslims when there is anti-Islamic discrimination on the streets? Also I absolutely agree with the above - did they ask these kids for ID? to me they are Dutch and not Moroccan - it is not just an easy way for the Dutch to push their racism onto another nationality instead of confronting it like other countries have to do - G Wilders support is an example!!

  • Nikos posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 12:25:26 - Reply

    Are you serious about this? Its just a bunch of kids and you call that Anti-semitism? Come on lets be serious. Everybody should respect each others religion but where is the terrorism mentioned in the video?
    I am really sorry this article ever made its way in Expatica.
  • brickbat posted:

    on 4th August 2010, 11:19:28 - Reply

    Just out of interest, how did they know they were Moroccan? They were yelling in Dutch. Calling them Moroccan smells of it's own kind of racism to me. Also, one kid giving a hitler salute seems pretty tame compared to the organised bureaucratic racism confronting many foreigners in Holland on a daily basis.

    Also, how bad can that salute be given that this is in front of the Olympic stadium today.