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Published on: December 6, 2010 09:34 PM
By: Radio Netherlands /  Pipe Line News
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Netherlands - Frits Bolkestein, a retired member of the Dutch VVD party and formerly a European Commissioner, has said there is no future for orthodox Jews in Holland because of, “the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing”.

He said that orthodox Jews, who are recognizable as such, should encourage their children to immigrate to the United States and Israel, because he has little confidence in the effectiveness of the government’s proposals for fighting anti-Semitism.

Bolkestein believes there is no future for ‘active’ Jews in the Netherlands. The conservative politician made his remarks in an interview with freesheet De Pers.

In the interview, former EU Commissioner says that when he talks about active Jews he means those who are recognisable as such, for instance Orthodox Jews.

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 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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Dutch politicians and prominent Dutch Jews reacted angrily to his statements with Geert Wilders twittering that it is not Jews who should immigrate but “the Moroccans who are anti-Semitic.”

Prominent Dutch rabbi Raphael Evers, called Bolkestein’s comments “unacceptable”


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 Dec 06, 2010 at 09:57 PM toolee Says:

With friends like this who needs enemies.

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 Dec 06, 2010 at 10:18 PM Peter Says:

He speaks the truth. Same holds for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Jews are not safe there and it would be wise for them to leave a.s.a.p. Most politicians in Europe are anti-Semitic and as the Arab populations grow, those politicians will seek the Arab vote, which will only enhance their anti-Semitism. Jews of Europe, leave now while you can get out alive.

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 Dec 06, 2010 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

While this statement has all the trappings of being viewed as anti-Semitic, he's not wrong. The Dutch, as well as the rest of Europe will not be able to handle the growing Muslim population. And unless they deport the rabble-rousers, and don't curtail imigration, they will not be able to protect Any Jew, recognizable or not.

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 Dec 06, 2010 at 11:00 PM isaak-of-vienna Says:

I don`t see this as being anti-Semitic. He said the sad truth. Orthodox Jews are afraid to walk in certain areas in Amsterdam because of Muslim anti-Semitism. I`m afraid the way it looks, it`s just going to get worse.

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 Dec 06, 2010 at 11:00 PM KevinTheMevin Says:

They should focus on law enforcement not on encouraging jews to leave.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 12:16 AM The-Logician Says:

Foolish people. He is simply being honest. He is trying to show how bad it is with the muslims in Holland.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 12:28 AM cowfy Says:

its certainly our problem but compared to other dutchman (non muslin) its a small thing.we could go to israel or the states but where can they go.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 12:50 AM LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Sounds like he is saying the Moroccan muslims yemach sh'mom are the problem. The problem is he doesn't have the guts to say it like it is!

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 12:55 AM Liepa Says:

Sad but unfortunately very true. Holland is actually the first country in Europe that'll become majority muslim over the coming years, according to demographic statistics of muslim immigration to European countries. Not to worry though, UK, France and most EU countries will follow suit one by one, over the next 20 to 50 years or less.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 02:53 AM Anonymous Says:

For a while I lived in a Turkish neighborhood in the Netherlands. My neighbors knew I was American, but did not know that I am a Jew. I thought it safer to keep that information to myself. However, they were all very cordial and helpful to me as an American, no hostility on that score. The neighborhood, however, was a bit rough--occasional knife fights on the weekend and people assaulting each other with dirty diapers. I stayed at home after dark.

The ethnic Dutch I came in contact with did know that I was Jewish and in general had a very positive attitude toward Jews. Many of them had Jewish ancestors and were very proud of that fact. As positive as the attitudes toward Jews, the attitude of the ethnic Dutch toward Muslims is decidedly negative. The only native Dutch anti-Semitism I personally encountered came from the mouth of the Bishop of den Bosch. In the town where I lived there is a Bibleland theme park of sorts, and the idiot bishop complained that Bibleland had too many Jews in their exhibits. I suppose his idea of Bibleland was Pharoah, the Queen of Sheba, Nebuchadnezzar, Haman, Pontius Pilate and not much else.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 05:57 AM SF2K1 Says:

Reply to #6  
KevinTheMevin Says:

They should focus on law enforcement not on encouraging jews to leave.

He's actually warning against that. Nederlands has a very fast growing Muslim population, faster than even here where Kahane thought there was a problem since they are having massive immigration issues. Nederlands is the first on the list of places soon to become a haven of Sharia Law.

Very soon, the laws will be written by Muslims and against Jews. They're taking over Europe, and it's only a matter of time.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 07:29 AM Butterfly Says:

Mr. Dutchman, with all due respect yo you, why don't you leave??

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 07:42 AM chazzen Says:

The goverment should do something about it and not close their eyes like the past has shown us here in Europe

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 08:14 AM Anonymous Says:

He is just warning that Holland will lose productive Jews for the sake of barbaric Muslims.

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 09:42 AM Kanaim Says:

It's starting. Who do you think will be next? First they ask politely, then.....

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 09:46 AM 4dr8er Says:

50 years from now we'll plant a tree for him & call him a "Righteous Gentile". Now b'sha'as maaseh some of you call him an anti-semite.

He's not the Hitler. He's the guy warning us about the new "Hitler".

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 10:41 AM shimonyehuda Says:

Reply to #2  
Peter Says:

He speaks the truth. Same holds for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Jews are not safe there and it would be wise for them to leave a.s.a.p. Most politicians in Europe are anti-Semitic and as the Arab populations grow, those politicians will seek the Arab vote, which will only enhance their anti-Semitism. Jews of Europe, leave now while you can get out alive.

the truth is jews are not really safe anywhere we should all move to israel

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 12:18 PM rutika Says:

there are sources in kabbala that say that the muslims will take over for 90 years before moshiach comes :(
(admittedly this needs to be confirmed by solid sources).

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 Dec 07, 2010 at 03:27 PM ShmuelG Says:

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LiberalismIsADisease Says:

Sounds like he is saying the Moroccan muslims yemach sh'mom are the problem. The problem is he doesn't have the guts to say it like it is!

What do you mean? He is saying just that:

Frits Bolkestein, a retired member of the Dutch VVD party and formerly a European Commissioner, has said there is no future for orthodox Jews in Holland because of, “the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing”.

He has plenty of guts and is very realistic about his country's future.

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