NETHERLANDS - Antisemitic Incidents Up 800%

Arno Froese

“It is very worrying that Jews in the Netherlands are held responsible for conflicts taking place in the Middle East,” read the CIDI report. “It seems as if Israel is being used to beat Jews.”

According to CIDI researcher and policy advisor Hans Wallage, it’s not only the numbers that have grown—the range of attacks on Jews has increased as well.

“I see way more variety of different incidents that I didn’t see before, and also more variety in the place where it happens,” Wallage told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “There are a lot of schools—elementary, high schools, universities—having way more incidents that I didn’t see before the 7th of October.”

Most of the conspiracy theories circulating through Dutch schools follow old antisemitic tropes, simply repackaged for a younger generation, said CIDI director Naomi Mestrum.

Although it is typical for antisemitism to flare in the Netherlands during conflicts in Israel and the Palestinian territories, CIDI researchers said they have never seen a surge of incidents like this before. And like other Jewish communities across Europe, many Dutch Jews feel they are in new territory.

-www.jta.org, 8 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

The Netherlands has been known as having some of the most liberal-minded people in the world. Their strong opposition to Germany’s Nazi regime is well documented. Why then an 800% increase in antisemitic incidents? The answer apparently lies in the popularity of social media: “It’s the Jews fault” seems almost natural for the masses to repeat. The article also reports that the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad (Dutch Jewish Weekly) “switched from its clear plastic packaging to anonymous white envelopes.” Why? Because subscribers “didn’t want their neighbors to know they were Jewish.”

There is another reason, and that lies in the spiritual world. There is only one nation that has been chosen by God Himself to be the carrier of the law and the fulfillment; namely, Israel. The god of this world and his innumerable demons are eager to hinder the fulfillment of the prophetic Word. The nation that brought forth the Son of God, manifested in the flesh, continues to experience what is written in Revelation 12:17: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Someone may now object, “But the Jews do not have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The apostle Paul warns, “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee” (Romans 11:18). Who is this root? Moses describes them: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2). Thus, we continue to insist loudly and clearly: the Jews are chosen by God Himself to be a people above all other people in the world. That is not based on what they do or don’t do, but on what they are: chosen by an unconditional covenant of God. In Revelation 5:5, we have additional identification: “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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