Small decline in Dutch anti-Semitic incidents

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22 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — There was a slight decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands in the past 12 months to May, compared with the pervious period, according to a new report.

22 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — There was a slight decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands in the past 12 months to May, compared with the pervious period, according to a new report.

The Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel in The Hague (CIDI) has been compiling reports on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands since 1974.

The report issued in 2003 indicated a 140 percent increase in incidents on the 2002 report. The CIDI had said in the 2003 report that the number of anti-Semitic incidents had been climbing since 2000 and the nature of the incidents was increasing in seriousness.

But the latest report shows the number of incidents has fallen about 7.5 percent and the number of serious incidents — including violence, threatening behaviour and damage to Jewish monuments and synagogues — was also down.

The CIDI registered a total of 334 anti-Semitic incidents in the 2003 period, compared with 359 a year earlier.

"The provisional figures for the first four months of 2004 confirm this picture," the CIDI said in a statement published Wednesday to coincide with the report.

"The drop in the Netherlands is a favourable contrast to the situation in which Jewish communities in other European countries, such as Britain, France and Belgium, find themselves in"

The CIDI said an explanation for this could be the extent that immigrant communities are integrated and the strength of extreme political organisations.

Many anti-Semitic incidents, the CIDI said, occurred as a result of media reports about violence in the Middle East. Such incidents were only recorded by the CIDI when Israeli actions against the Palestinians were used as an argument to blame all Jews of serious crimes.

"These accusations often relate to the old anti-Semitic idea, such as conspiracy theories in which Jews are accused of trying to dominate the world," the CIDI said.

The organisation said Arab satellite stations and internet sites were the main ways of spreading the anti-Jewish bias.

The full report in Dutch can be found at www.cidi.nl

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news + anti-Semitism in the Netherlands

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