The Dutch doctoral student who was seen in a controversial video trying to reeducate Dutch-Turkish youths has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats.
The Dutch daily NRC writes that Mehmet Sahin has gone into hiding with his family on the advice of the mayor of Arnhem, Pauline Krikke.
Last week a video surfaced of Sahin interviewing several Muslim youths in Holland. During the interview the youths spewed vitriol at Jews and praised Hitler, with one of the boys saying, “As far as I’m concerned Hitler should have killed all Jews.” The youths also displayed an alarming lack of knowledge about their subject, with one boy saying that “millions of Palestinians are being killed.”
Dutch Labor Party parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch said that he will ask parliamentary questions about the threats. He remarked: “It is horrible that someone has to be afraid because he has done something that we all should do – teach children not to hate.”
The video appeared on Nederland 2 TV, and went mostly unnoticed until several media outlets (including this one) brought it to the attention of leading Jewish organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which sent a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the issue.
International anti-Semitism expert Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld told Arutz Sheva that the ignorance and hate should come as no surprise and that Dutch authorities have done little to counter it.
“In the future, the major international Jewish organizations will have to intervene more as environments get more hostile. That is true as well for other small European Jewish communities. This has already happened, for instance, in Sweden, Norway and Hungary. Denmark is probably the next candidate, due to Arab aggression against Jews there,” he said.