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Alert! Last night, the Dutch Government and House turned hostile to Israel

Hatred and fury against Israel parading as righteous concern for Gazans

Last night, the Dutch House of Representatives ‘debated the situation in Gaza’ at the initiative of the Muslim Party. This was no success.

The night before, after six months of fiery negotiations, four parties agreed to form a new Dutch government. The evening after the day before, most of the political leaders did not show up for this debate, including some of our staunchest friends, including demissionary PM Rutte, though in the afternoon he had been seen in the building and he was specially invited.

Previously, Rutte had announced that the IDF entering Rafach would be crossing a red line. Now that it did, what will be the Dutch repercussions?


But first, briefly, some historical context is in order.

On October 10, the Dutch House of Representatives briefly reflected on the violent events of three days prior. The next day, a commemoration took place in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Modi Ephraim, and outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The ultra-left-wing Chair of the House, Vera Bergkamp, said: “Today we commemorate the victims of this brutal violence, and we express our support to the relatives. Our thoughts also go out to the civilian victims on the Palestinian side and their relatives. The aftermath of these horrible events has only victims.” Of course, that was untrue. Besides victims, there were tens of thousands of perpetrators, but she meant well, we may hope.

After a short word by PM Mark Rutte, the House held a minute of silence. The MPs could then offer their condolences to the ambassador.

Half a dozen ultra-left-wing and Muslim MPs left the Chamber in protest as soon as solidarity with Israel was pronounced, as underlined by the Chair.

Later, on October 11, the Foreign Affairs Committee held a committee debate.

Humanitarian Law

On November 17, there was a round table discussion in Parliament on humanitarian law with experts from the military and scientific world.

National Elections

On November 22, the PVV, the anti-immigrant political pariah party of Geert Wilders won enormously, and became the largest fraction. Part of the last-minute jump in numbers is seen as caused by the violent and Antisemitic anti-Israel demonstrations unrelated and held just prior.

Gaza Strip

The next day, the Foreign Affairs Committee held a debate on the situation in the Gaza Strip, still with the ‘old’ MPs. (The new House would be installed on Wednesday, December 6.)

Twelve speakers and three ministers showed up.

Antisemitism in the Street

Just recently, in another debate, 149 out of 150 MPs expressed zero tolerance for the uptick in Jew-hatred in the Netherlands.

Incensed was the House again about the open Jew-hatred and other violence at the recent opening of the Holocaust Museum and the ‘student’ demonstrations in the Netherlands.

Last Night’s Debate

It was terrible.

A bad omen was that earlier in the day, the new Chair had objected to calling the PVV extreme-right-wing because that smacks of fascism, and you can’t call MPs fascists. Yet, in this debate, within the first 12 minutes, Netanyahu was called extreme-right-wing, and there was no protest.

Most of the thirteen MPs and three outgoing ministers (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, and Defense) looked furious. Israel’s policies of not giving up on neutralizing Chamas, as the West had done with ISIS, and the suffering as reported by Chamas, the UN, and the national press had ignited their rage. They seemed unaware of how hateful they came across. The initiator of the debate volunteered a whole slew of half and whole lies, followed by some eight useful idiots who brought the lies of Israel-haters without any nuance or reflection.

Some four speakers brought nuances, but two of them pleaded for a Two-State Solution. The Israeli consensus (Muslims and Jews) is now that that is a pipedream that will never happen—unless Jordan becomes Palestine.

The Speaker for the VVD (Rutte’s party) added insult to injury when he calmed the angry MPs by explaining that the clause in the new coalition agreement about returning the Dutch Embassy to Jerusalem is bogus because it lists four preconditions that won’t be met any time soon if ever.

Only two speakers (most notably the last one for the PVV) understood what was going on. The rest were just angry at Israel, being confident that they were reasonable and Israel and the IDF not. It was very unsettling.

However, most Dutch Jews were already preparing for Shabbat, and who knows how long it will take before they discover that most of their staunchest allies in Parliament had decided, with the government, to see if they could move the EU to cancel all cooperation with the Jewish State!

Next Tuesday, voting will take place, but I’m afraid it’s too late to stop this. Bad stuff. The Netherlands will celebrate two days of Christian Pentecost.


Though every comparison is flawed, I like to explain the Jewish situation by comparing it to better-understood oppressions.

Fierily protecting local Jews against Antisemitism while rejecting, just after Israel’s Independence Day, the sovereignty and goodness of the democratic Jewish State, that is like doing everything that women can walk the streets safely and are talked to and about with respect while saying that feminism must be restrained because feminists are going too far.

It’s understandable (but unacceptable) that the MPs see the splinter of Jew-hatred in the eyes of the indecent protesters but not the beam in their own decent eyes. Someone needs to make them aware of this supremacy.

Next Tuesday, voting will take place, but I’m afraid it’s too late to stop this.

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