Netherlands - Dutch Politician Urges Orthodox Jews to Leave Holland
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
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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