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  • Netherlands May Boycott Durban Ii

    The Netherlands may boycott a United Nations anti-racism conference unless anti-Israel statements are removed from draft documents. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen made the threat Tuesday during an interview on Dutch radio, The Associated Press reported. “It seems like the sole intention is to criticize Israel and condemn the West for slavery and its colonial… More ▸

  • 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 — 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 ▸