Saturday, June 26, 2010

Having to use "Decoy Jews"

Here's a pretty depressing story out of the Netherlands. It has become so unsafe for a Jew to walk down the street that the police have started walking the street dressed as "Decoy Jews" in order to catch those who attack Jews.
"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.

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.
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.

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."

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.
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?"


tfhr said...

Betsy beat me to the Helen Thomas punchline on "Dirty Jew, go back to your own country," a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew.

For more on the future of that mindset and demographic inevitability, read Mark Steyn's America Alone.

What I will never understand is this: "...Green Left Party, says that using a [Jewish] decoy by the police amounts to provoking a crime...."

Doesn't that amount to blaming a rape victim for dressing provocatively? Oh wait...we're talking about Islam here...where in some quarters rape victims are stoned, honor killings are carried out, etc. Green is a very very important color for Muslims. It is symbolic. But who knew that the Green Party would add its own color to the fray? My guess is that they themselves don't know because they refuse to see.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

"New York is a paradise for Jews. Unlike Belgium, non-Jews in America are pro-Israel."

I wish this guy well but I think he got some bad information. Certainly there are non-Jews in America who are pro-Israel. But there are also plenty of *Jews* in America who are anti-Israel. YMMV.

Bachbone said...

I'm afraid we in the USA are not too far removed from Europe in the rise of anti-Semitism. David Horowitz, for one, has endured it at many of his speeches (UCSD for one). This sickening and frightening display should awaken everyone old enough to remember WW II, and what will happen again if that history is not passed on.

Rick Caird said...

I am afraid this is all "canary in the coal mine" stuff. I have a sense we are headed for a series of explosions. The politicians in France, Belgium, Holland, etc. will catch up with the people, and these "youths" and their actions will be ground zero.

Our politics is in a tremendous state of flux and change. Back around 2002, the thinking was the Republicans were going to build a generation long majority. That "generation" lasted until 2006. Then in 2008, the Democrats would be in charge forever. It looks like "forever" ends in 2010.

We have major world wide political and economic struggles going on. Who knows where it will all end, but wrong moves will be punished. That is why it hurts so much to have children in the White House playing at economics and foreign policy.

I did see today, however, Iran has withdrawn its ship planned to go to Gaza. Obama did move several warships through the Suez and into the Eastern Med. That was a good piece of chess by Obama. We need more such moves,

tfhr said...

Rick Caird,

Take a look at this post at Wizbang regarding a piece by Donald Sensing:

I'm not sure if the USN movement was really geared to counter the potential Iranian provocation. I'm still glad that the Iranians appear to have backed down, but as I said, take a look at the Wizbang post.

Rick Caird said...


Funny, I had just finished reading it and the Sensing post. I had came back to post the Sensing url. Ya' beat me to it.

Pat Patterson said...

TV must be having an odd moment considering it is the right that is most vocal in complaining about civil rights violations in The Netherlands. While the left seems only to care about Iraq, Afghanistan and the rights of one minority to lord it over the others.