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Nearly Half the Dutch Believe Israel Trying to Exterminate Arabs

The Dutch believe Israel is the greatest threat to world peace and that it is trying to exterminate the Palestinian Arabs

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L) at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, with Israel's President Shimon Peres, Dec. 8, 2013

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L) at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, with Israel's President Shimon Peres, Dec. 8, 2013
Photo Credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash 90

In response to an alarming finding from a study conducted last year by the University of Bielefeld, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has sent a letter to the deputy prime minister of the Netherlands, calling on him to take immediate steps to counter the spike in ugly anti-Semitism and anti-Israel attitudes amongst the Dutch.

That study revealed that nearly 39 percent of Dutch citizens hold extreme, inflammatory ideas about Israel.  Among other appalling views, this large cohort of Dutch believe that “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians,” Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper reminded Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Frans Asscher.

In other words, about five million Dutch believe that Israel is engaged in a genocide against the Palestinian Arabs.

Cooper discussed the disturbing results of the Bielefeld study with Asscher when Cooper visited the Netherlands last April, shortly after the results of the study were made public. He also discussed the issue with various parliamentarians when he visited the Hague last month.

But although Asscher publicly called the issue “worrisome” and “unacceptable,” according to the SWC, no action has yet been taken, and that in itself is unacceptable.

“An important first step should be a government-ordered study to trace how such an utterly false and insidious image of Israel was created,” Cooper wrote to Asscher in a letter he released on Thursday, Feb. 13.

“Those who conceive and promote an unjustified extreme criminal view of others should be exposed and held accountable in the Court of Public Opinion,” added Cooper.

“We know too well from the 1930s in Germany what can happen when the delegitimization and demonization of a people goes unchallenged.”

Austrian-born Israeli scholar Manfred Gerstenfeld has written a great deal on the subject of contemporary European anti-Semitism.

Gerstenfeld pointed out in an article last year that an earlier study of European hostility towards Israel, one carried out for the European Union and carried out by Eus Gallup Europe as a flash survey of the EU’s Opinion Polls had an equally astounding finding.

That Eurobarometer revealed that most European countries believe Israel is the biggest threat to world peace. The only European country at that time in which fewer than half of all citizens believed Israel constitutes a threat to global peace was Italy, for whom a mere 52 percent did not feel that way.

According to that Eurobarometer, which was published in 2003, a whopping 74 percent of the Dutch believe that Israel constitutes a threat to world peace. That’s more than believe North Korea constituted such a threat (70 percent), or that Iran was such a threat (64 percent), or that Russia was such a threat (a mere 25 percent). The United States was considered a threat to world peace by 64 percent of those living in the Netherlands.

Cooper told the Dutch politician he will be sending Gerstenfeld’s book “Demonizing Israel and the Jews,” which analyzes the results of various studies dealing with European anti-Semitism.  The lack of an aggressive response to understand and correct the misconceptions will have dire consequences.

The rabbi also offered the SWC’s help in undertaking a study that “would focus on how this climate was created and what can be done to remedy this unacceptable situation. I believe it would spark a necessary national discussion among Dutch leaders and citizens.”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.

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116 Responses to “Nearly Half the Dutch Believe Israel Trying to Exterminate Arabs”

  1. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Where are these lies being printed/how spread?

  2. Clo Clo says:

    Oh the Dutch & their Oslo accords!!!

  3. Elise Ronan says:

    Everyone thinks that the Dutch are such liberal and understanding people. But we need to remember that the Jewish community of the Netherlands was more devastated by the end of WW2 than the Jewish community of Poland. That only happened because fo the complicity of the Dutch themselves. It seems they really haven't changed.

  4. Are they aware of the numbers in that scenario? Have they ever looked at a map?

  5. This is so sad at one time they were very pro Israel

  6. how can this world be so brainwashed??

  7. My husband and I don’t believe that. … but I’m greatly disturbed that they are not the only ones who think this. I fight the denominational church on their horrendous idea that the church has replaced Israel, that all the promises to Israel now belong to the church. Thinking Christians don’t believe this.

  8. What? They need to read the Koran and see how the Muslims have a goal to push Israel into the sea.

  9. I have read the Koran, Israel is not the evil one here, the Arabs are.

  10. Al Resnick says:

    Islamic propaganda

  11. Jo Torres says:

    They need to count how many Arabs there are trying to exterminate one tiny country called Israel. It should be obvious that their premise is false.

  12. 15 million trying to kill 1.5 billion? really?

  13. Well would the arabs exterminate Israel?

  14. Thats the jihad taking Eurabia

  15. May be the europeans deserve to live under sharia

  16. May be the europeans deserve to live under sharia

  17. Lani Lowell says:

    They must be smoking a lot of weed, or blinded by the lights in the red district.

  18. So what if they are. Israel is attacked daily. What about that Jack.

  19. David Cutler says:

    Are those folks FOR REAL???? How can supposedly educated people be so stupid??

  20. Allen Miller says:

    The Dutch are Anti-Semites!

  21. they must have been indoctrinated with censored news and more

  22. do they have their heads stuck some where. The arabs have made it no secret that they hate Israel and want it eliminated.

  23. don’t forget what the Dutch did to the Jews the half of them sold the Jews for a pound of sucker to the Germans during ww2

  24. The fruit of the years of propaganda made by their journalists and politicians.

  25. The Dutch thats hard to beleive they were usually nice to us

  26. Len Forster says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time around the dutch, when I lived in Spain (where many of them live) and in Holland. Most dutch believe no such thing and those who do are either stupid and easily led astray by anti-semites. The rest are very supportive of us Jews and our Jewish homeland.

  27. Val Anderson says:

    God has Israels back

  28. Obviously the facts are not reaching them but Pallywood is.

  29. Alex Salomon says:

    full of islamics, BUT Belgium and France much worse

  30. -
    This is the real Zionist Occupation. While they intentionally use the term only in application of the gov’t of the State of Israel, which is indeed under the British sphere of influence; the rest of the British Imperial atrocity all over the world, goes unnoticed and taken for granted.


  31. Alain Attal says:

    **** the dutch, I went to Germany and Austria 5 times and they are still mean and perverts…

  32. Alain Attal says:

    Doreen you know what the zionnists think of people like you ? … I let you guess ..

  33. Then Dutch media must be as honest as ours is!!!

  34. Lisa Kamins says:

    so the Dutch must be not only ignorant, but really, really stupid. I guess that must be the case as they have outlawed ritual slaughter, yet they are very big on exporting animal skins for fur.

  35. That’s called projection from the Dutch ! They have fallen prey to the enemy !

  36. Are the Dutch that stupid .!

  37. Dumb ass retard Dutch.

  38. The Dutch not good at the Math..

  39. Sigh… I wish you would do some exterminating of that muslim bunch!

  40. There are a lot of Dutch people who love Israel. I am one of them. My Parents in law hit in the second world war a Jews lady, who is now living with her children and grandchildren in Israel.
    Shalom Israel. We stay behind you and pray for you.

  41. there are some Dutchman who smoke weed, but 95 % does not do this, so we are not blinded speak not so generally about my country.
    Please don't blame the Netherlands for something we did in the past. We love Israel, the only problem is,the media do not hear our voices, but listen to some anti-Semites, that is what you hear and read in your newspaper. Shalom Israel

  42. Jacob Zimmerman says:

    As a dutchman I can assure you that the majority of the dutch people love the jewish people. Do not believe the lies of some media! The results of this "research" are not true.It is true that some are being brainwashed by bds-activist etc. They are a minority,but they make noise as if they are a majority. I just read an article of a dutch writer I admire : An Open Letter To The Friends Of Israel
    by LEON DE WINTER posted on FEBRUARY 14, 2014
    There are many wonderful and enlightened friends of Israel who know exactly what Israel should do to secure everlasting peace with the Arabs. First thing is to remove its military presence in the West Bank. Next thing is to open the borders with Gaza.

    Israel’s friends know precisely that this will lead to the same peace Luxemburg has with Belgium or France, which is a boring peace—those are the best.

    Israel’s friends are completely convinced that the problems Israel has with the Palestinian leaders in Gaza and in Ramallah originate in Israel’s stubbornness regarding the Gaza blockade and its insane safety demands on the West Bank. Israel’s friends claim: open the border, withdraw, and eternal peace can be welcomed.

    Israel’s dear friends cannot imagine that the Hamas leaders don’t care for peace; it may be so that the Hamas guys are only happy when they wage wars—that they abhor peace. Peace would be a capitulation, the acceptance of the loss of Haifa and Jaffo, and this humiliation is worse than eternal warfare, at least, in the eyes of the Hamas gentlemen.

    But who says that true friends of Israel like Martin Schulz and John Kerry are totally wrong? In theory they could be right. Never exclude a theoretical truth.

    So we have to ask questions. The first question is: can Israel’s friends take responsibility for the actions they want Israel to take? The next question is: what happens if they are wrong?

    It may be time to come up with a proposal Israel’s dear friends in the powerful corridors of the EU and Washington DC should make. It is a serious thing they should consider. They should offer it to Israel together with their peace proposals.

    As Israel’s friends know, there are many European Muslim men fighting in Syria. They know how to pack a bomb in a backpack, decapitate the enemy, fire a homemade rocket, rape women. In other words: creative, courageous young men, these fighters. But it will be difficult to re-integrate them the moment they return to their wonderful homes in Hamburg or Rotterdam or Lyon or Leicester. They are fighters. And they need a job.

    In order for Israel’s friends to convince Israel that Israel is wrong about the sweet men running the shows Gaza and the West Bank, that these men just want get their Amazon orders as fast as the Israeli’s, Israel’s friends should hire the returning and very experienced Syria fighters.

    And they should propose the following: ‘Dear Israel, we are totally convinced that you are the problem. Make an end to the Gaza blockade, withdraw from the Jordan Valley and remove your ridiculous roadblocks. You will notice: the Palestinians are going to love you. We understand you are concerned about your safety, dear Israel. But we believe you are over-concerned. You are obsessed with safety and you cannot see anymore how lovely the Palestinian leaders are. They like Beyoncé as well. The watch Breaking Bad as well. But you are wrong, Israel, and we are right. So we promise: in case the Palestinians shoot rockets to your towns, we will deliver the same rockets to our Syria veterans, and they are free to shoot these rockets to Brussels and Washington DC. Same distance, same weapons. Because: why would we ask from you what we don’t believe in ourselves?’

    ‘So: do what we say. No blockade. No roadblocks. And if there are shootings and rockets, we will punish our own population. We are so convinced that we are right and you are wrong, that we can say: one to ten, okay? If one of your people dies, we will ask our refined Syria veterans to shoot and fire rockets until we have ten deaths ourselves.’

    It would be wonderful if John Kerry, at his next visit to Jerusalem, would propose such an arrangement. It promises interesting employment for the Syria veterans, and it creates real believability. John Kerry should say: ‘There will be peace, and if not, I will give some Jihadi’s a green card so they can do to us what I forced you to do to yourself.’ Oh, boy, in that case we easily can put our trust in him. I am looking forward to John’s next speech. It is called: ‘I would never ask you to do something I would never do myself’. It could also be the title of a Broadway Song.

  43. They are lazy to read and lazy to find the truth.

  44. Kath Stieber says:

    :’( Such lies, why are they believing the lies? Can’t “any” of them read or hear or think?

  45. Not true!!! Its the other way around!!!

  46. Peggy Green says:

    If you do not learn from History you are going to repeat it. Was not the holocaust, including Jews from Holland not enough. Or are there too many there who are Islamic that you are afraid to stand up and be counted. Anti semitism kills. Ask the Corrie Ten Boom family.

  47. Yeah but they allso believed Tulips were valuable.So no changes there then?! ;-)

  48. wonderful what money buys…

  49. John Staring says:

    Considering half of the Netherlands is occupied by dole bludging islamists it is no wonder they came up with this statistic.

  50. I blame the media, with their constant bias and systematic lies about Israel, they also fuel antisemitism by association. The media should be held responsible for creating a climate of hate and racism.

  51. Moishi Cohen says:

    the europeans are very gullible, yes indeed, but aside from that we have already seen enough of them over the past two millennia and as much as we tried its no use with them so we really don’t care anymore what they think, we are a too ancient people for these newcomers who are on their way out, if they ever want to survive past the 21st century, they first need to learn how much they don’t know

  52. Some people will believe anything – a propagandist's wet dream.

  53. two questions:
    1. Of those 39% how many are muslims?
    2. Are Dutch really stupid enough to believe that if Israelis tried to exterminate "Palestinian" Arabs, they would be this incompetent?

  54. Hang on to your hats, folks. We are in for a REALLY bumpy ride.

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