Dutch parliament backs fighting antisemitism, but not funding Jewish security

The Dutch parliament passed a number of motions that speak of the need to fight antisemitism in the country. A draft motion calling for the government to pay for security around synagogues failed to pass, however.

The motions were voted on in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the parliament, in the framework of a two-day session of the house’s Justice and Security Commission.

The rejected motion stated that the Jewish community in the Netherlands “often lacks the means to adequately protect their infrastructure, events and synagogue services” and called on the government to supply the finances for this purpose.

Institutions from the Dutch-Jewish community, which has some 40,000 people, spend over $1.2 million annually on security, according to community leaders.

Motions that did pass included a non-binding call on the government to appoint a national coordinator for the fight against antisemitism and the creation of special police units to deal with antisemitic crimes.

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