Netherlands cops may pose as religious Jews


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police officers in the Netherlands may go undercover as religious Jews to identify violent anti-Semites.

An unnamed police spokesman said Monday that acting Amsterdam Mayor Lodewijk Asscher was considering the suggestion first proposed by a Dutch Muslim legislator during a radio interview following reports of regular attacks against Jews by Moroccan immigrants, Haaretz reported.

Dutch Jewish leaders reportedly support the undercover plan.

Undercover police officers already pose as elderly and gay men to catch thieves and gay bashers.

There were 98 anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands during the first month of 2009, nearly the total of such attacks in 2008, according to the Center for Information and Documentation Israel, a nongovernmental group that identifies anti-Semitic acts.

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