Netherlands

  • Wwii Hideout Found in Amsterdam

    In a story that brings Anne Frank to mind, a new owner of an Amsterdam apartment recently discovered a hiding area above a closet that apparently was used during the Holocaust. The apartment owner also found various items in the space that had not been touched in about 50 years. The items included a mattress… More ▸

  • Dutch Muslims Protest U.s., Israel

    About 1,000 fundamentalist Muslims from across the Netherlands demonstrated against the United States and Israel at The Hague last week, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadam. The crowd also protested Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s peace policies. The participants in the demonstration, which occurs annually, marched from the Israeli Embassy to the American… More ▸

  • Dutch Foreign Minister Meets with Palestinians at Orient House

    Despite strong objections from Israeli officials, Dutch Foreign Minister Hans Van Mierlo met this week with Palestinian officials in eastern Jerusalem. Mierlo’s talks Wednesday at Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem, disrupted what was otherwise described as an amicable and productive visit to Israel by a delegation led by… More ▸

  • Orthodox Jews in Holland Ruffled by Ads Against Aids

    Some Jews here have voiced their opposition to an outdoor advertisement campaign against AIDS. The advertisement depicts a nude black man and white woman, who is in her underwear and is holding a condom. In the ad, the woman is saying to the man: “If you put something on, I take something off.” The Dutch… More ▸

  • Amsterdam Tightens Security for European Maccabiah Games

    Security measures at the European Maccabiah Games here have been tight, with more than 500 police officers on duty during the games. More than 1,500 athletes from 26 nations, mostly European, are taking part in the games, which have drawn thousands of spectators. More than 5,000 people attended the opening ceremony. At the opening ceremony,… More ▸

  • Dutch Holocaust Monument Vandalized

    A Dutch monument honoring 350 concentration camp prisoners was recently found daubed with black tar, officials said. Because of the vandalism, the monument probably will be demolished. The tar penetrated the porous limestone of the monument so deeply that it is almost impossible to clean, officials said. No suspects have been found. During the Holocaust,… More ▸

  • Controversy in Holland Erupts over Commemoration’s Attendees

    A fight has erupted in the Dutch Jewish community over a planned commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the German occupation here. The controversy, which has been covered extensively in the general Dutch press, concerns who should take part in the event, which is set to take place Sunday at the 3-century-old… More ▸

  • Dutch Camp Survivors Remember Wwii Experiences

    A ceremony of remembrance took place last week at the former concentration camp of Westerbork, in the northeastern Netherlands. Dutch officials, some 500 survivors, many from abroad, and pupils from local Dutch schools were among the 2,000 participants at the April 12 commemoration, which marked the 50th anniversary of its liberation. Speaking at the ceremony,… More ▸

  • Queen of the Netherlands Tells Knesset of Challenges of Peace

    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Israel last week, stressing the special bond between her country and the Jewish state. Addressing a special session of the Knesset, the queen likened the situation in Europe in the wake of World War II to the challenges state leaders in the Middle East face today. "Once peace is… More ▸

  • Dutch Voters Avoid Right-wing Parties

    The extreme right-wing Centrist Democrats party, also known as the CD, received only I percent of the votes in Holland’s quadrennial elections for 12 provincial councils. Elections for the councils, which consist of a total of 756 members, were held March 8. Two other extreme right-wing parties, Centrist Party ’86 and the Netherlands Block which… More ▸