Box resembling fake homemade bomb placed outside Amsterdam kosher eatery


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A box resembling a homemade bomb was left outside a Dutch kosher restaurant where several anti-Semitic attacks have occurred.

The cardboard box, which contained no explosives and bears the logo of the Heineken beer brand, was found Wednesday morning outside the HaCarmel restaurant in southern Amsterdam. It had masking tape fastening wires and a black electric trigger switch to its top.

The police bomb disposal unit rushed to the scene to examine the device, according to the Twitter account of the Federatief Joods Nederland group. Police said on social media that they are examining the box. The probe revealed that the box contained no explosives, police said in a statement.

In 2017, a 29-year-old man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of HaCarmel with a wooden club, stealing an Israeli flag hanging there. Police officers stood by as he vandalized the place but arrested the suspect, a Syrian asylum seeker, when he came out. He was convicted of vandalism after 52 days in jail while awaiting his trial but was released with no additional penalty. Dutch Jews criticized the ruling because it did not contain a reference identifying his actions as a hate crime.

The restaurant in recent years has been the target of multiple incidents, including damage to the windows and the pelting of its façade with eggs.

Last year, the owner, Sami Bar-On, said he would have to close down unless police manage to curb the attacks on his business.

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