Antisemitic incidents hit record high in the Netherlands

There was a 19 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in the Netherlands in 2018, according to the ‘antisemitic incidents monitor’ of the Dutch community watchdog CIDI (Centre for Information and Documentation Israel).

In total, 135 incidents were registered in the country last year. In addition, there were 95 reports of online antisemitism were registered.

The rise of antisemitism in the Netherlands is in line with trends in other countries: the United Kingdom, France and Germany, have also experienced sharp rises.

Incidents that took place in the ‘immediate vicinity’ of victims rose 67 per cent. This includes antisemitism experienced in school, at work or between neighbors, incidents which are more poignant and have a deeper impact on the victims, according to the report.

According to CIDI, these incidents are most likely the tip of the antisemitic iceberg in the Netherlands. The Second FRA survey on perceptions o antisemitism shows that only 25 per cent of Jewish Dutch nationals who have been victims of antisemitism in the past five years reported their experience, which points to massive underreporting.

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