Jewish organisations not a priority

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Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner has told parliament that the government cannot be held responsible for each and every measure Jewish organisations believe they should take to increase their security.

The minister made his remarks during a debate on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands. MPs had asked the minister to talk with Jewish organisations about a contribution to their additional security costs.

Freedom Party MP Joram van Klaveren said that jewish institutions spend a million euros a year on security. Mr van Klaveren also demanded an investigation into anti-Semitism in the Dutch Islamic community. The Freedom party believes the Islam is responsible for growing anti-Semitism.

However, the minister was not impressed, and rejected a suggestion to declare the security of Jewish organizations a top priority. He said this would make other institutions less of a priority without any justification for doing so. Minister Donner said additional measures would be taken whenever the need arose.

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