Netherlands

  • Dutch Royalty to Visit Jordan, Israel

    Holland’s Queen Beatrix and her husband, Prince Consort Claus, will pay a three-day state visit to Jordan from Dec. 8 to 10 and a three-day state visit to Israel from March 27 to 29. Announcement of the intended visits follows years in which the Dutch Foreign Ministry determined that an official visit by the royal… More ▸

  • Wiesenthal Center Urges the Dutch to Revive Its Extradition Efforts

    The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging the Dutch government to again seek the extradition of Dutch Nazi war criminal Abraham Kipp from Argentina. Appearing on a Dutch television program Sunday night, Ephraim Zuroff, director of the Israeli office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said there was a better chance now for Kipp’s extradition… More ▸

  • Jews for Jesus Opens in Amsterdam

    A branch of Jews for Jesus has been established in Amsterdam. Calling itself Beth Yeshua, the group of so-called messianic Jews meets weekly for Sabbath services. The group’s leader is a Dutch-born Jew who believes that the opposition of many Jews to Jews converted to Christianity is a remnant of “ghetto mentality.” The establishment of… More ▸

  • Netherlands Prosecutor Sees No Chance to Get War Criminal Kipp from Argentina

    A Dutch request to Argentina for the extradition of war criminal Abraham Kipp stands no chance of succeeding, according to the Netherlands’ public prosecutor. Paul Brilman, who heads the Dutch effort to find missing Dutch war criminals abroad, said he has known for several years that Kipp was living in Argentina. However, he said, the… More ▸

  • Dutch Nazi Collaborator to Be Freed; Had Been Deported from Canada in 1992

    Dutch authorities have announced they will free a 74-year-old Nazi collaborator who was jailed for life in 1992 after being deported from Canada. Dutch Deputy Justice Minister Aad Kostol told Parliament he had commuted Jacob Luitjens’ life sentence and he would be freed in March 1995. The decision was based in part on Luitjens’ age… More ▸

  • Racial Incidents Rise in Netherlands

    Three times as many racist incidents were reported in 1993 as were reported in 1992, the Dutch government reported. The government’s central criminal investigation department also noted that there is no evidence of any organization behind the incidents. Nor has any connection with extreme right-wing parties in Holland been shown, the department said. Thirty percent… More ▸

  • Holland Upgrades Plo’s Status in Recognition of Its Peace Efforts

    The Netherlands has granted semi-diplomatic status to the Palestine Liberation Organization office in The Hague, in recognition of the group’s efforts toward peace. The PLO office in the Dutch city previously served solely as an information office without having any official status. As a result of its change of status, the office will now be… More ▸

  • Dutch Bill Will Pare Survivor Payments

    The Dutch Parliament has passed a measure that will prevent the children of those who suffered persecution during World War II from seeking monthly payments from the government. The measure, which was passed last week, was enacted at the urging of Culture and Welfare Minister Hedy D’Ancona, who stressed the need to cut back on… More ▸

  • Dutch Arrest Israeli Drug Ring

    Police in Amsterdam have detained 19 Israelis living in Holland in connection with the laundering of millions of dollars of drug-related money. Announcement of the arrests was made here Tuesday, the same day that Tel Aviv police said that they had detained two other Israel-based members of the operation who had been investing the illegal… More ▸

  • Swastikas Surface in Dutch Villages

    Swastikas and racist slogans were daubed on tombstones in a Jewish cemetery and on several buildings in two villages south of Rotterdam over the weekend. On Friday night, swastikas as well as racist slogans such as “Foreigners Out” were painted on several buildings in the villages of Neanvliet and Geervliet. Tombstones in a small neighboring… More ▸