Netherlands

  • Holland Marks 1st Anniversary of El Al Crash As Claims Mount

    Thousands of people attended a memorial service here Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of the crash of an E1 A1 cargo jet into a 10-story apartment block in suburban Amsterdam. Forty-three people died, 80 apartments were destroyed and another 150 were made uninhabitable as a result of the crash, the worst in Holland’s history…. More ▸

  • Jewish Cemetery Defaced in Holland

    Twenty-five tombstones at an old Sephardic cemetery in the southwest Dutch province of Zeeland were defaced with swastikas and Nazi slogans last week. A group calling itself the Nazi Front Zeeland took responsibility for the vandalism, which police announced only after the damage had been cleaned up. No perpetrators have yet been found. Three times… More ▸

  • Holland is Shocked After Neo-nazis Desecrate Graves of Allied War Dead

    Holland has reacted with shock to the neo-Nazi desecrations of more than 200 graves of Allied soldiers who fell during World War II. Right-wing extremists Tuesday spray-painted neo-Nazi graffiti on the graves in the Allied Military Cemetery near Nijmegen, which is close to the German border. The incident occurred just one month before the 49th… More ▸

  • Dutch Sentence 8 Neo-nazis

    Eight Dutch neo-Nazis have been fined about $225 and sentenced to between 50 and 110 hours of community service for taking part in a demonstration in which they wore Nazi garb and shouted Nazi slogans. The youths, from different parts of the country and ranging in age from 20 to 36, also received three weeks… More ▸

  • Sephardic Synagogue in Amsterdam is Rededicated After Restoration

    This city’s 300-year-old Sephardic Esnoga — the Ladino word for synagogue — was rededicated this week after extensive restoration, in a ceremony attended by some 800 invited guests, including Prince Claus, the husband of Queen Beatrix of Holland. The restoration took 2 1/2 years and cost some $5 million. The Amsterdam Sephardic congregation, which today… More ▸

  • Dutch Foreign Minister in Mideast Urges Personal Rabin-assad Meeting

    The Dutch foreign minister said during a visit here this week that a face-to-face meeting between the leaders of Syria and Israel would be the best way to secure a comprehensive peace. Pieter Hendrik Kooymans made the comment after meeting first with Syrian President Hafez Assad and then with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. “I… More ▸

  • Dutch Neo-nazi Gets 5 Years

    A neo-Nazi man has been sentenced to five years in jail on charges he tried to kill a man who had beaten him because of his neo-Nazism and his distribution of neo-Nazi propaganda. The district court in Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland, sentenced the 21-year-old man for the Jan. 23 attack. More ▸

  • Dutch Protest Racism

    Thousands of Dutch citizens denounced racism and xenophobia in a demonstration here last week that capped a weeklong anti-racism campaign of awareness and protest in Holland. Police said that 15,000 people took part in the March 21 demonstration, though organizers said more than double that number were present. More ▸

  • Dutch Court Rejects Nazi’s Request

    The higher district court in The Hague has rejected a petition from convicted Nazi collaborator Jacob Luitjens that he be released from prison pending a decision on his request for a pardon. The court said Luitjens, who was extradited to Holland from Canada in November, has challenged his life sentence for collaboration meted out in… More ▸

  • Dutch University Confiscates Paper That Mocked Anne Frank

    The University of Groningen, in northern Holland, has confiscated all remaining copies of a student newspaper that poked fun at Anne Frank and made anti-Semitic remarks about the country’s Jewish community. The director of the student union that publishes the paper immediately suspended three of its editors and is considering expelling them from the student… More ▸