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April 23, 2015 10:13 am

Dutch Baptist Pastor Takes to the Streets to Show Solidary With Israel and Jews

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Dutch Baptist pastor Stan Kamps was disheartened by a report that Dutch Chief Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs, pictured, has faced antisemitic insults on the streets. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A Netherlands-based Baptist pastor and members of his church took to the streets of Amsterdam with Israeli flags in order to express support for Israel and Dutch Jews.

Canadian-born pastor Stan Kamps, who runs an English-speaking church in the Dutch city of Almere, led a group of his church’s parishioners who walked around Amsterdam holding Israeli flags and handing out literature about Israel to people they encountered.

“So many people believe the lies and propaganda they are being fed about Israel. This is why I go out with my Israeli flag, to encourage Jewish and Israeli people, and to speak with others [who] will listen about the truth in regards to Israel,” Kamps wrote in an email to The Jerusalem Post.

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Kamps said he is very concerned about antisemitism in the Netherlands, citing a Jerusalem Post report that Dutch Chief Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs is frequently accosted with antisemitic epithets.

“[I] want [Jacobs] to know that we love him and are praying for him and his safety,” Kamps wrote. “I hope that this will also encourage others to stand up for our Jewish neighbors and for Israel. It has to start somewhere and I know that with God’s help we can make a difference. I say let it start with me.”

Kamps is not the only member of his family to stand up for Dutch Jews. “My grandfather had a farm and business in the north of the country, so [he and Kamps’s uncle] were able to hide Jewish people there until they were caught” and arrested by the Nazis during the Holocaust, wrote the pastor.

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  • Stan Kamps

    Thank you for the kind words and support of Israel and Jewish people everywhere. Lets stand together and make a difference!

    NEVER AGAIN!

  • Richard S. Vlock

    Stan Kamps is a jewel shining in the muck of humanity. Congratulations to him and his congregation. The world needs more people like these. People of compassion and integrity. Thank you Pastor Kamps.

  • The problem is not the Dutch Christians who have been tolerant of others, but Islamists living in the Netherlands, who have brought with them intolerance of non-Muslims. The EU is being inundated with Muslims who seek to change European civilisation. With 50+ Muslim countries, including 24 Arab countries, Muslim asylum seekers should be offered places in other Muslim countries.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Thank you sir, for being a visual, non-Jewish public supporter of us. If more non-Jews would emulate your public statement (something similar), it would help to alleviate the one-dimensional view so many people have of us.

    Also, if your grandfather and uncle are still living, may G-d watch over them; if not, may their memories be for a blessing. I hope we always remember that during HaShoah, in the darkest hours, there were those whose humanity shone through.

  • We need more people like this man here and elsewhere before more ignorance and violence erupts.

  • racy

    This is a true man of God, not afraid to stand up for the truth. May God bless him and guide him

  • Linda Golden

    Bravo Pastor Kamps. I appreciate the courage it takes to do something you feel is right, at the possible expense of your own safety. You are truly a good person and example of what is lacking in today’s world….a person of conviction and not afraid to espouse an unpopular position. Thank you.

  • I stand for Israel the people God chosen

  • steven L

    It takes one to show the way!

  • Samuel J. Savitz

    It is encouraging and gratifying to read of courageous individuals who are willing to confront bigotry and their blessing will come in the comfort of knowing that they have acted righteously.

  • Gloria

    As an American, and à Christian I wish that the USA would do more to support Israel. We all need to stand up for God’s people.

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