Kipa-Clad Jew Nearly Run Down, Called ‘Cancer,’ by Passersby in Netherlands (VIDEO)
A hostile rider on a motorized scooter almost hit a Dutch Jew walking down a street in The Hague on Friday evening, while other passersby called him a “cancer.”
“In the district, I feel really unsafe,” local artist Fabrice Schomberg told local media.
On Saturday, he filed a complaint with the police over the attack, noting, “That’s why I stopped over a year ago with wearing a yarmulke.”
The incident happened during the filming of a documentary report for the EO TV program 3Onderzoekt. For the report, Schomberg strolled through one neighborhood on Friday night, wearing the traditional Jewish skullcap, as Jewish men do going to or from synagogue.
“A boy drove me on his scooter and tried almost to kick me. I jumped back in the nick of time. Yes, it’s all on camera,” he said.
Watch the video of the hostile encounter:
The Hague Mayor Jozias Johannes van Aartsen promised to “thoroughly investigate” the harassment, according to local media.
Schomberg said he was organizing a solidarity march this coming Saturday, in protest over the unsafe situation for Jews.
“In Sweden, they have also protested against anti-Semitism,” he noted.
In late July, the Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to rescind approval for a rally in support of ISIS in the Hague, after protesters, yelling in Arabic and Dutch, proclaimed that “dirty Jews from the sewers” should be killed. Police did not intervene.
According to Holland’s AT-5 News, “There has never been so much anti-Semitism on the Internet.” Two examples: A tweet from an undisclosed account that read, “I hope that all – and I mean all—Jews die, and not a single one remains”; and from someone else, “I hate the f***ing Jews more than the Nazis.” Indeed, the Dutch Center for Reports on Discrimination (CIDI) stated that in the week of July 20, it noted more anti-Semitism on the Internet than ever before in its 17-year history.
Stones shattered the glass door to the Amsterdam home of Dutch senior rabbi Binjamin Jacobs, earlier this month. It was not the first time his home had been attacked, according to CIDI. The stones were likely purchased for this purpose.
Also in Amsterdam, Seraphina Verhofstadt was severely beaten after hanging an Israeli flag on her balcony in Amsterdam. Her attackers she alleged, “stomped on my stomach, hit my ribs and my head.”
The Amsterdam home of Leah Rabinovitch, a prominent Dutch-Mexican woman who is also Jewish, was firebombed in July after she had hung an Israeli flag on her balcony. Rabinovitch also received threats, including “Hitler will be back” and “Jews must die.”