Anti-Semitism in the Netherlands

Netherlands: CIDI: Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019…….


The influx of hundreds of thousands of Muslims from traditional Jew-hating ME states has had its impact…


Supercharging the latent Jew-hatred that was already in the country.


Major Growth in Antisemitic Incidents in 2019

The CIDI organization publishes a Monitor of Antisemitic Incidents every year.  In 2019, the number of antisemitic incidents was 35% higher than the 135 registered in 2018.  This is the highest number registered in the 30 years that these statistics have existed.  CIDI says that the anti-Israel demonstrations at Dam Square in Amsterdam very often lead to antisemitic expressions.


CIDI: Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019

The largest increase was noted in the “real life” incidents category. This mainly concerns threats (6 in 2018, 10 in 2019) and name-calling. In particular, abuse has increased enormously: from 18 incidents in 2018 to 44 in 2019. Anti-Semitic abuse, harassment, and intimidation have a major impact on the lives of victims. They contribute to a growing sense of insecurity – not only among the people to whom it happened but also in the Jewish community as a whole. Actual physical violence with an anti-Semitic motive took place twice in 2019, versus one case in 2018.


The ‘demonstrations’ subcategory also shows an increase. A total of 18 incidents of anti-Semitic expressions were counted during demonstrations, compared to 5 incidents in 2018. In particular, the anti-Israel demonstrations on Dam Square in Amsterdam often turn into anti-Jewish expressions.


CIDI also registered a large number of incidents that took place on social media. Anti-Semitic expressions on the internet are not counted by CIDI in the total number of incidents but are registered as a separate category. What is striking is that news reports regularly give rise to a stream of anti-Semitic responses. For example, the news that the Dutch Railways will financially compensate Holocaust victims’ relatives for hundreds of anti-Jewish comments. Social media companies still do not take enough action against anti-Semitic and other racist expressions on their platforms.


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