'No future for Dutch Orthodox Jews

6th December 2010, Comments 4 comments


Prominent VVD politician Frits Bolkestein believes there is no future for ,active' Jews in the Netherlands. The conservative politician made his remarks in an interview with newspaper De Pers.

In the interview, Mr Bolkestein says that when he talks about active Jews he means those  who are recognisable as such, for instance Orthodox Jews. The former EU Commissioner says there is no future for this group in the Netherlands because of "the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing".

He feels that this group of Jews should encourage their children to emigrate to either the United States or Israel, because he has little confidence in the effectiveness of the government's proposals for fighting anti-Semitism.

Earlier, Mr Bolkestein made similar statements in Het Verval The Decline by Manfred Gerstenberg, a recently published book about Jews in the Netherlands. Frits Bolkestein 1933 was political leader of the current coalition party VVD between 1990 en 1998. He later served as European Commissioner from 1999 until 2004.



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4 Comments To This Article

  • Miklos posted:

    on 7th December 2010, 15:21:55 - Reply

    My jaw dropped when I read this. So instead of dealing with the anti-semitism, the "solutions" is that all the Jews (the majority of which have actually lived here for generations) should just leave? I suppose he wants to deal with racism by sending the victims to whatever country their ancestors came from? And if all the gays move to... ehm... Gayland we have "solved" the homophobia problem too? This country is getting seriously freaky lately.
  • sruart577 posted:

    on 6th December 2010, 16:10:07 - Reply

    Frits Bolkestein and his comments.
    He has seen such I suspect and do believe not all but a fair percentage who are Moroccan are anti semitic but so are so many other cultures to include those who are Dutch born.
    Any government who does not work to stop such hate, it is not only tragic but terrifying and I place the blame on the people for voting for such politicians and then the politican who care so little for its citizens.
  • Opinions posted:

    on 6th December 2010, 15:47:50 - Reply

    The only way to make him a racist is to make him a liar.
  • Dave posted:

    on 6th December 2010, 11:17:49 - Reply

    Let me get this straight. He is accusing all Dutch men of moroccan descent of being anti-semitic and he sees nothing racist about that statement? But not only that, he then accuses all of their unborn children of future anti-semitism.

    First they came for the "young Dutchmen of Moroccan descent".....