Ronny Naftaniel, the head of anti-semitism watchdog the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel, says, “it has become common for Jews to hide their skull-caps on the street.” The CINI supports Ahmed Marcouch’s initiative.
It's not clear whether Anisemitism is increasingly becoming a problem all across Holland, but reports do indicate that Moroccan youths are growing bolder and becoming a tremendous nuisance in certain parts of Amsterdam, harassing Jews with hate speech and antisemetic gestures, to the point where Jews no longer feel safe wearing religious gear out in public and even had to resort to attending service in an unmarked synagogue to avoid the hostilities in one of the neighborhoods.
Marcouch had previously called attention to the urgent need to take care of this problem last month in his Memorial Day speech, commemorating victims of the Holocaust and the fallen soldiers of WWII.
Prior to the persecution of the Jews, systematic dehumanization and discrimination of this entire segment of the population took place and lasted at least ten years. That is why we are vigilant with regards to discrimination and especially antisemitism. That is an advantage. In this sense, we remember the sacrifices people made in order for us to have the freedom we have today, and we have to do everything possible to combat antisemitism.
Religious Jews like Rabbi Sebbag and Gideon van der Sluis travel by foot Sabbath, so on Saturdays, they walk from the "Rivierenbuurt" to the synagogue in "De Pijp". They tell us that people call them names like "Yahoud", and throw coins at them. Moroccan youngsters confirm that they have friends who do this.
It is absolutely unacceptable if Jews in Amsterdam cannot wear a yarmulke. We cannot play this down in any way shape or form, and we have to make a firm commitment to making sure that Jews can be themselves, under all circumstances.
The Dutch term "lok-jood" that's being used in this case to describe the undercover cops deployed as bait to lure the perpetrators sounds a bit rough and somewhat shocking if you ask me, but if that's what it takes to draw attention to the problem and take care of it once and for all, then so be it. My only concern is what if the term ends up taking on a different form and becomes yet another derogatory term or variations thereof used by the haters in the long run.