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Amsterdam - Man Holding Palestinian Flag Smashes Windows Of Amsterdam Kosher Restaurant

Published on: December 7, 2017 08:30 AM
By: JTA
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People clear up after a man with a wooden bat has broke the windows of an Israeli restaurant in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 07 December 2017. The man was taken in custody. EPAPeople clear up after a man with a wooden bat has broke the windows of an Israeli restaurant in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 07 December 2017. The man was taken in custody. EPA

Amsterdam - Police are investigating the smashing of the windows of a kosher restaurant in a heavily-Jewish part of the Dutch capital by a man wearing a Palestinian flag.

The incident at HaCarmel restaurant occurred Thursday morning, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The AT5 television station showed a video  of the incident, in which a man holding a large stick while holding a Palestinian flag and wearing a Palestinian keffiyah, or shal, on his head proceeds to smash the window and kick down the restaurant’s doors as passersby and two police officers look on. The officers wait until he breaks into the restaurant. They pause as he returns out to the street from the restaurant’s interior holding an Israeli flag that he took from there. He throws it at their feet. They then overpower the man and arrest him.

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Contacted by JTA, an employee at HaCarmel declined to comment on the circumstances of the incident, which the Federative Jewish Netherlands group reported online with a pictures of a Dutch police officer kneeling in front of a shattered glass window, with a Star of David hanging on the restaurant’s wall in the background.

Herman Loonstein, who heads Federative Jewish Netherlands, said the incident at HaCarmel happened when no patrons were inside the restaurant and ended without injury. “But it is nonetheless an attack, a terrorist attack, carried out by a man whose behavior was that of a terrorist,” he told JTA.

“Jerusalem is recognized as the capital by the United States of America, so the windows of an Israeli restaurant in Amsterdam are smashed.  Only logical. The Palestinian shal completes the story,” Federative Jewish Netherlands wrote on Twitter.

“Shocking! It is unbelievable that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is playing out here, and against the Jewish Dutch community,” the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, which is the Dutch Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitic incidents, tweeted.

Last year, a Jewish woman, Victoria Waniewicz, was stabbed in her back outside another Amsterdam kosher restaurant, the Grand Cafe Rimon, by a Brazilian man whom a judge deemed unfit to stand trial because of insanity, and who was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution of his choosing for one year.

Loonstein said that the incident at HaCarmel for many Dutch Jews compounds a growing fear about frequenting kosher restaurants following the Grand Café Rimon stabbing. “I know this to be the reality, and there was also a dip in the revenues of the café where the stabbing occurred. It has improved but I expect the new attack will only increase community members’ fear,” he said.

Police beefed up their presence around the restaurant and other Jewish institutions in the capital following the incident, according to the Federative Jewish Netherlands report.

The incident at HaCarmel came days after a report by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam showing a drop in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2016 from 57 incidents in 2015 to 35 incidents last year.

Both figures recorded by the Anne Frank House are substantially lower than those recorded by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, which documented in those years 126 and 109 incidents, respectively.

“The number of deliberate anti-Semitic incidents dropped,” the Anne Frank House said in a statement “because it correlates to the scale of major violence in Israel. As there was no such violence in 2016, the drop in anti-Semitic incident in the Netherlands that year comes as no surprise.”



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 Dec 07, 2017 at 08:39 AM honestbroker Says:

Ah...
Religion of peace tears it’s ugly head again

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 09:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
honestbroker Says:

Ah...
Religion of peace tears it’s ugly head again

Nothing on G-D's given earth justifies this heinous act,
But on a serious note, did you not expect this? it was relatively quite in Israel as of late, so i'm frightened as to what Trump's announcement will lead to, we didn't have enough, did we?

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 10:04 AM Heeb Says:

Animals.......stiicks and stones may break my bones, but only those speak to me.....

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 10:32 AM police stood and watched! Says:

The police were present but did not stop him! That is Europe today.

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 05:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Nothing on G-D's given earth justifies this heinous act,
But on a serious note, did you not expect this? it was relatively quite in Israel as of late, so i'm frightened as to what Trump's announcement will lead to, we didn't have enough, did we?

You’re an idiot. They don’t even make sense! Why are they taking out their anger on Israel instead of on the US who is the (latest) one to “get them angry?,”

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 05:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Why isn’t anyone asking the obvious question: if these so called people react with violence to anything that they don’t like, how are they true prospective “peace partners” for Israel to be able to negotiate with?

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 06:59 PM StevenWright Says:

“The number of deliberate anti-Semitic incidents dropped,” the Anne Frank House said"
Are there still accidental anti-Semitic incidents?

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 Dec 07, 2017 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Nothing on G-D's given earth justifies this heinous act,
But on a serious note, did you not expect this? it was relatively quite in Israel as of late, so i'm frightened as to what Trump's announcement will lead to, we didn't have enough, did we?

Yonasonw, there is an old saying from back in my day "every Jew with a 22"

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