Co-operation leads to fall in anti-Semitism

17th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the Netherlands last year fell again.

17 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the Netherlands last year fell again.

The Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israël (CIDI ) received 159 complaints, against 327 the year before.

The drop continues a trend begun in 2002, but CIDI says the numbers will certainly rise this year thanks to the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. Around 100 complaints were received in July and the first week of August alone.

The fall last year, according to CIDI spokesperson Ronny Naftaniël, was partly down to good co-operation with Muslim organisations.

"Joint activities such as football matches have yielded good results in the battle against anti-Semitism," he said.

Co-operation with police authorities has also improved. Complaints are followed up more quickly and action is taken sooner, Naftaniël said. "There has been a noticeable improvement."

There were "grave reservations" regarding the downward trend though, Naftaniël said.

"The number of serious complaints last year, including threats, violence and defacement of Jewish buildings, at 26 incidents, was the second highest ever.” Only in 2002 was the number higher.

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Subject: Dutch news

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