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April 4, 2013 2:13 pm

Dutch PM on Anti-Semitic Video: “This Kind of Malice Calls for Forceful Responses from Society”

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Screen shot of program on Dutch TV. Photo: tundratabloids.com/Nederland 2.

Israeli news website Arutz Sheva has come into possession of a letter written by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in late March. The organization had initially written the prime minister following the publication of a video which showed young Turkish immigrants in the country voicing extremely anti-Semitic views.

“We are taking vigorous action to tackle prejudice of this kind. The fight against antisemitism demands both public education and active intervention by civil society: by parents, schools, local government and the people of our neighborhoods and communities. Where criminal offences have been committed, action must be taken under criminal law. This kind of malice calls for forceful responses from society,” Rutte writes in part.

“The Dutch government has reached agreement with the Dutch Central Jewish Board (CJO) and the Dutch Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) on plans to discuss antisemitism with young people. We will also begin discussions with the Turkish Community Advisory Association on antisemitism within the Dutch Turkish community. These discussions will lay the basis for considering further action.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center had written a letter appealing to Rutte “to take action on a broad front to investigate the presence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Dutch society, and to take steps to vigorously combat the spread of those beliefs. Anti-Semitism cannot be allowed to flourish and poison the minds of the next generation.”

Mehmet Sahin, the doctoral student who interviewed the children, was forced into hiding following negative backlash from the Turkish immigrant community in the Netherlands.

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  • Is it possible that the Dutch have learned nothing from the
    not-too-distant past?

    I prefer what I wrote taking a train around the border of
    Germany to Holland:


    We were traveling on a train
    along he Rhine, hurrying to Amsterdam
    to meet with the Dutch director of the Stichting.
    Fearfully, my wife and I watched the lights across the river,
    Thinking of Hellman’s The Watch on the Rhine.
    Thinking of my father in Germany during WWI,
    the War to End All Wars. Of him on his motorbike,
    the picture in my mind from the stories he told,
    from the photo in his old album. Of him in the Schwarzvald,
    a German guiding him. His hearing whistles on one side
    and then the other, all around him. Of him putting a bayonet
    to the German’s throat. Of him hiding in a farmhouse.
    His spilling the milk he thought they poisoned out the window.
    Of him putting a chair up against the door, so he could securely sleep.

    At each stop, a conductor would wake us from our sleep
    With his demanding: ‘PASSPORTS! What have you to declare!”
    I would leap out of my sleep, thinking they had come to take me to the ovens,
    At Mainz: “PASSPORT! What have you to declare!”
    I leaped up, startled.
    At Koblenz: “PASSPORT! What have you to declare!”
    I jumped up.
    At Köln: “PASSPORT! What have you to declare!”
    I leaped out of my skin.

    At last we crossed over the frontier into Maastricht.
    The accent changed: “Passports. Anything to declare?”
    Relieved at the pleasant rhythm of the friendly voice,
    I replied, à la Oscar Wilde: “Nothing but my genius.”
    Whereupon the Dutch conductor, pinching his nose, said:
    “Ohh . . . then, open the window. Open the window.”

    Ever since, I love the Dtuch.

    July 14, 1993

    —Stanley H. Barkan

  • Mike P.

    Europeans have failed to learn the 2nd key lesson of the Holocaust:

    Those who feed the crocodile get eaten by the crocodile.

    Corollary: Those who permit the crocodile to eat at all get eaten by the crocodile.

    Dutch Jews are small enough in number that they will move.

    It is the Dutch Christians and atheists who will be eaten; reward for their cowardice (which they call pacifism).

  • Shoshana

    Lip service to get the pushy Jews off his back, tomorrow they will go back to business as usual. The Dutch have chosen sides, and they most assuredly have not chosen the side justice or fairness. They prefer to submit to those who will overwhelm and devour them.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    What forceful response could that be? Oh wait I know this one………silence……..followed by official government opprobrium of Dutch Jews.