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Amsterdam - Amsterdam Kosher Eatery Assailant Reportedly Was Ex-fighter From Syria

Published on: December 13, 2017 07:03 PM
By: JTA
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FILE - 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. EPAFILE - 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. EPA

Amsterdam - The man whom Dutch police released hours after he attacked a kosher restaurant while waving a Palestinian flag reportedly is a Damascus-born ex-combatant in Syria’s civil war.

GeenStijl reported  Wednesday that the perpetrator of the Dec. 7 assault in southern Amsterdam is Saleh Ali, who has said that he participated in the war fighting against the Islamic State terrorist group, according to information obtained by the news site.

Police knew this information when they released him several hours after two officers arrested him outside the restaurant, the report said. The officers and passers-by looked on as the perpetrator smashed several windows with a bat while staffers were inside. He then broke in, removed an Israeli flag and exited before the officers overpowered him.

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The incident happened one day after President Donald Trump signed a document recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Two Jewish buildings in Sweden, including a synagogue, were targeted by arsonists using firebombs, the local police said. Demonstrations featuring chants about killing Jews were held in the days that followed in The Hague, Vienna, Berlin and London. Calls glorifying Palestinian terrorists were heard at a rally Saturday in Paris.

The perpetrator of the restaurant attack, whose lawyer has denied that his client acted out of any anti-Semitic motives, was charged with vandalism and theft, according to De Telegraaf, with no mention in that paper’s reporting of an aggravated element of a hate crime. Thus he was released shortly after his arrest.

A spokesman for the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, a Hague-based watchdog on anti-Semitism, wrote on Facebook that it was “shocking” that the perpetrator was released in light of the information reported by GeenStijl.

The center, or CIDI, has called for the perpetrator, who is on a temporary staying permit, to be tried on hate crime charges.



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 Dec 14, 2017 at 06:58 AM Anonymous Says:

At one time, countries such as Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, etc. were our friends. Now, with the large number of Arabs residing in those countries, the local governments look the other way, when incidents such as the above occur, as they are afraid of starting with them.

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 Dec 14, 2017 at 10:58 AM Educated Archy Says:

This a result of lax immigration laws. The threat to jews are muslims not white supremacist nut jobs in Charlotsvile.

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