Netherlands

  • Dutch Holocaust Claim Begs Question: Forced Sale or Voluntary Art Dealing?

    An unusual twist in one of the largest restitution claims for Nazi-era art may complicate the recovery efforts by the heirs of a Dutch Jewish art dealer. The claim covers some 227artworks, including pieces by the Old Masters, that the four children of Nathan Katz claim he lost to the Nazis during World War II…. More ▸

  • Proposed Anne Frank Memorial Divides Amsterdam Neighborhood

    It seemed a good idea at the time: a memorial for Anne Frank in front of the apartment building where she lived from 1933 to 1940. But the proposal soon became mired in controversy. Actor and film director Jeroen Krabbe — who also is a visual artist — designed the memorial, a sandblasted shadow of… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Dwindling Readership Puts Dutch Jewish Weekly in Danger

    When the Dutch Jewish Weekly was founded in 1865, it was one of many Jewish publications in the Netherlands. Now known as the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad, or New Israelite Weekly, it’s the oldest — in fact, the only — Jewish weekly left in the country. Unless the newspaper secures substantial funding soon, however, it may… More ▸

  • In Holland, Rise of Anti-semitism Starts to Attract Public Attention

    “Fascists are Zionists, just like Micha,” one participant writes on the Moroccan Web site www.maghreb.nl — just before Micha, a Dutch-born Jew living in Israel, blasts Israeli policy. Anyone who frequents the site knows that Micha very often is critical of Israeli policy. But attacks like the one on Micha on the Moroccan Web site… More ▸

  • Holland Outlaws Muslim Group After Intelligence Finds Links to Terrorism

    A Rotterdam-based Islamic charity has been outlawed and its moneys frozen after Dutch intelligence concluded its funds are used to finance Hamas terrorism. Holland’s foreign minister, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, outlawed the Al-Aqsa Foundation after the intelligence service published its 2002 annual report earlier this month. The report says that foundation money is transferred to… More ▸

  • Dutch Jews Concerned As Muslims Form Extremist Group in Netherlands

    An anti-Semitic Belgian Muslim organization is spreading its influence in Holland, where it plans to run in local elections. The Arab European League was established in Belgium in 2000 to “strengthen Arab and Muslim identity” and fight against perceived discrimination against Arabs and Muslims. Earlier this month the league opened a branch in Holland. At… More ▸

  • Netherlands May Ban Islamic Group Due to Worries About Its Past Violence

    Dutch politicians are debating whether to block an Islamic group from establishing branches in Holland. The debate began after the Arab European League — long a source of ethnic tension in Belgium because of its stridently anti-U.S. and anti-Israel stances — recently announced plans to create branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Both Belgium and Holland… More ▸