"Decoy Jew" is a new phrase in the Netherlands. Jews are no longer safe in major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. Since 1999, Jewish organizations in the Netherlands have been complaining that Jews who walking the Dutch streets wearing skullcaps risk verbal and physical attacks by young Muslims. Being insulted, spat at or attacked are some of the risks associated with being recognizable as a Jew in contemporary Western Europe.The Dutch experience a golden age in the seventeenth century partially fueled by its tolerance for all religious groups. Most of the descendants of those Jews who were welcomed into Holland then were killed during the Holocaust. And the few Jews who are left are now not safe because of a new set of immigrants to that tolerant country. Which country do those Moroccan youths want the Jews to return to? Surely not an Israel that many Muslims plus Helen Thomas regard as illegitimate.
Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. "Dirty Jew, go back to your own country," a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew. "It is rather ironic," the young man commented, adding that if one goes out in a burka one encounters less hostility than if one wears a skullcap.
In an effort to arrest the culprits who terrorize Jews, the Amsterdam authorities have ordered police officers to walk the streets disguised as Jews. The Dutch police already disguise officers as "decoy prostitutes, decoy gays and decoy grannies" to deter muggings and attacks on prostitutes, homosexuals and the elderly. Apparently sending out the decoys has helped reduce street crime. The "decoy Jew" has now been added to the police attributes.
Meanwhile, the left is protesting the police efforts to find those who are harassing Amsterdam's Jews.
The deployment of "decoy Jews", however, is being criticized by leftist parties such as the Dutch Greens. Evelien van Roemburg, an Amsterdam counselor of the Green Left Party, says that using a decoy by the police amounts to provoking a crime, which is itself a criminal offence under Dutch law.Yes, it's now considered "provoking a crime" to walk down the street wearing anything that would identify a person as a Jew. Some crime, apparently, in the left's eyes.
And the situation is not any better in neighboring Belgium where JEws are packing up and leaving.
"We no longer feel safe and welcome here," a young Jew who is leaving for London told De Standaard. "Muslim immigrants blame us for what is happening in Israel." Another young Jew, who is leaving for New York, says: "New York is a paradise for Jews. Unlike Belgium, non-Jews in America are pro-Israel."Wasn't the twentieth century enough of a lesson of how deep antisemitism runs in parts of Europe? Are they going to stand by while Muslim youths recreate a part of that dreadful past? How soon before they have to send out "Decoy Dutch?"
Ultra-orthodox Jews remain in Antwerp, but the less orthodox are leaving in droves. Even Jacques Wenger, the director of Shomre Hadas, the Jewish community center in Antwerp, is emigrating to Israel. If the current trend continues, he predicts, in fifty years' time there will be no Jews left in Antwerp except for the ultra-orthodox.