Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Recently, love for the Jews and Israel has much increased in the Netherlands

The Dutch only must change some laws and learn to demonstrate for Jews

Let’s begin with a rough historical overview before looking at the present.


In the Middle Ages, there were some Jews in the Low Countries, but they were either all killed or driven out. My Dutch history teacher didn’t know.

When Holland started its 80-year War of Independence against Spain, it needed money to arm, feed, and pay soldiers. The Jews fleeing Spain (!) and Portugal were willing to loan the Dutch ruling class large sums to get rid of the too-costly Spanish occupation. In exchange, Jews slowly were allowed back in and live in Holland but under a system of Apartheid.

After some time, Ashkenazic Jews were admitted too when the Spanish-Portuguese Jews promised to be their financial guarantors.

To flatter the Gentiles, Jews praised them for giving them a safe haven, but living as second-rate Dutch citizens was not safe. It was safe in comparison to the East only, where Jews were not just oppressed but also murdered.

The Dutch never prided themselves on being tolerant (or anything). It’s what the non-Dutch say about the Netherlands.

Jews were not allowed to live in the City of Utrecht until royal intervention in 1789, while before, they were not even allowed to lodge there.

Civil rights and legal equality for the Jews in the Netherlands only began under the French occupation (Napoleon). Unfortunately, that also meant no more schools in Yiddish and the start of the great assimilation.

Officially, discrimination against Jews was over. Yet, it would take another century before Jews were allowed into universities, and even after WW II, and until today, Jew-hatred among the wealthy was sky-high.

Of course, there were always exceptions, even in the worst places.

Officially, the Dutch Royal Family was always pro-Jewish, though that too was with ups and downs. The ruling Queen Wilhelmina during WW II was a down, but the present King Willem-Alexander recently has apologized for that and shared that he sometimes can’t sleep from this!

Blatant, open hatred for Jews was always the exception in the Netherlands. The Dutch don’t like noise.

During the Nazi occupation, 90+% of all persecuted Jews were murdered! A small minority of the Dutch worked actively against the Nazis, but a large majority of civil servants executed the razzias and deportations beyond German expectations. The present PM Rutte recently apologized for that.

During the Yom Kippur War, the Dutch government was pro-Israel. Yet, to be safe, its Minister of Defense sent Israel weapons without telling the PM.

After the Six-Day War, Israel became the bad guy. The Dutch never really dealt with their Holocaust history, complicity, and guilt.

In the years of rebuilding the country after the War, ‘guest laborers’ were imported from Spain, Turkey, Italy, and Morocco. They were ‘housed’ under sub-human conditions and employed for starvation wages but later allowed to bring over their families. They had with them Antisemitism, and this served the Allochthone Dutch in two ways. When there was a scandal about Jew-hatred, past or present, they could blame the immigrants. And secondly, they could hate them, pointing out that they were uncivil and evil for hating Jews, without being accused of being racist to them.

Meanwhile, the general news service ANP and the TV news (NOS) were absolutely anti-Israel and also clearly Antisemitic, and still today. Muslim migrants and their offspring no longer need to watch their native TV stations to maintain their Antisemitism. This still goes on today.


The Netherlands became openly unsafe for Jews already 30 years ago. Whole Muslim neighborhoods became off-limits for Jews. Turkish and Moroccan youth groups terrorized the streets, making it unsafe for Jews, but the authorities and Autochthone Dutch Gentiles ignored it.

Yet, the proud and loud and scary united demonstration by Muslim and Autochthone Jew-haters days before the election and after October 7, so shocked most of the Dutch that a record one-quarter voted for Wilders!

The Second Chamber of Parliament decided with 147 against 3 (Muslim Party) that “From the River to the Sea” can no longer be said in its Chamber. When uttered, it will also be removed from the minutes.

Parliament is pressuring the administration to criminalize “From the River to the Sea” and flags from Chamas and ISIS. The government has not yet moved on this, but the PM has refused to condemn Israel in any way, even when the news portrayed it as cruel and hateful. (His ambition to become head of NATO made that recently, he’s done some lecturing Israel to fit in.)

By far, most of the Dutch are shocked about the recent incidents of blatant Jew-hatred. Unfortunately, they just don’t demonstrate. I don’t know why because they do demonstrate against racism. Even my friends don’t.

These blatant incidents vary. Some of them are absolutely scandalous, like disrupting the opening of the Holocaust Museum and more. Then the authorities say it’s not so bad. Some incidents are minimal, and journalists (except for the ANP and NOS) blow them up like genocide was committed. All-in-all, Dutch Jews feel unsafe now, but an unpopular truth is that this isn’t a new feeling or fact. Dutch Synagogues and Jewish schools are under heavy protection for decades already. Not for nothing, most Dutch Jews already live in Israel; and not just the Zionist or religious.

My conclusion: A scary hidden animosity against Jews has always plagued the Netherlands. Yet, the un-Dutch, extremely blatant Antisemitic outbursts since October 7 have polarized Dutch society and sickened most of the Dutch. Not most journalists, not the Marxists, and not many Muslims, but even the Woke parties in Parliament are shocked and angry.

Never before, during, or after WW II have Dutch Gentiles shown such overwhelming empathy, love, and solidarity with Jews. Only, they won’t demonstrate against Jew-hatred. I asked all my friends to march in vain.

I felt compelled to counter some of the utter nonsense being published.

About the Author
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