Amsterdam Jewish Home Attack Over New Years by Vandals Screaming ‘Cancer Jews’ and ‘Free Palestine’
The home of a Jewish family was vandalized overnight on New Year’s Eve by a gang of vandals shouting “cancer Jews” and “free Palestine.”
According to political blog Dagelijkse Standaard, which first reported the incident, one family member wrote on his Facebook wall: “Last night, a few teens decided their celebrations are not complete without some hatred. While yelling ‘Cancer Jews’ and ‘Free Palestine,’ they kicked our doors and windows.”
Police arrived in search of the suspects but have yet to make any arrests, according to JTA. The front door of the house was badly damaged in the attack.
Dutch Jewish leaders denounced the vandalism and said it was reminiscent of times when Jews had to fear walking outside on the street, and called on police for better enforcement.
According to JTA, Dutch parliamentarian Joram van Klaverenamd and former police officer Louis Bontes sent a query to the minister of social affairs and employment, as well as the minister security and justice, asking “To what degree do you accept that Jewish museums, schools and synagogues in 2016 in the Netherlands require protection from violence and intimidation is a sign of social decline?”
The Amsterdam mayor in December pledged $1.27 million to 15 Jewish organizations that had asked for stepped up security.
In September, an elderly Jewish couple said they were subject to antisemitic insults as robbers broke into their home, beat them and made off $15,000 in jewelry and cash.