The Dutch National Coordinator for Combating Antisemitism (NCAB) Eddo Verdoner and the Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) have seen an increase in the number of antisemitic incidents and reports.
“In the Netherlands we are receiving more and more reports of antisemitic incidents. That is very worrying. I have never seen before the speed at which the number of reports has increased this time,” says Verdoner. The ‘Report online discrimination’ platform also sees an increase in the number of reports about discrimination against Jews.
“Where we previously received weekly reports of antisemitic expressions, we now receive them daily,” says a spokesperson.
“With the attacks, Hamas not only wanted to set things on fire there, but also to increase contradictions in Western Europe,” says Verdoner.
“The effects in society are direct and major.” Antisemitism is not only increasing in the Netherlands, he says. “I had a meeting with colleagues in Europe last week and we saw an increase in all cities.
Verdoner also says that antisemitism has lost its taboo in the last ten to fifteen years, creating “a fertile ground that serves as a backdrop to the events and consequences of October 7.”
For example, it became increasingly difficult to talk about the Holocaust in schools, the swear word ‘Jew’ was increasingly heard in class, and older antisemitic ideas emerged. Social media also play an important role in the speed at which many antisemitic messages are spread.
Both the CIDI and the coordinator for combating antisemitism hint at the arrival of figures. In a response, the police and the Public Prosecution Service stated that they are currently unable to share figures on the number of reports and reports of antisemitism since the start of the war.