Dutch officials probe 'Free Palestine" rally at Nazi victim monument: report
Members of Netherlands’ ruling party have appealed to the municipal government of the nation’s capital concerning anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli incitement allowed at a monument dedicated to victims of Nazi crimes in Amsterdam’s Dam square, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported Friday.
Friday marked the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, when the Nazi pogrom heralded the Third Reich's drive to wipe out Jews.
At the latest boycott of Israel staged every Sunday at the site, more demonstrators joined the usual handful of activists to the tune of “Free Palestine” by a Dutch Muslim rapper named Ismo that contains vitriolic lyrics against Jews and deals with a highly controversial subject matter.
“I hate Jews more than the Nazis,” was heard playing from the loudspeakers, a lyric from the 2014 song that celebrate a female suicide bomber in Tel Aviv.
“Rush hour in Tel Aviv, she boards the bus with a 60-year-old man, she sits down and closes her eyes and desires for revenge come out and she wants to express them, she blows herself up,” the song lyrics recount from the artists whose real name is Ismael Houllich.
At the time of the song’s release, Ismo tried to distance himself from anti-Semitism, rather insisting his beef is with Zionism.
“They are trying to twist my words against me,” he said in a regional radio interview, according to the Times of Israel. “I don’t hate all Jews. I hate only Zionist Jews that made Palestine smaller than my neighborhood.”
“It all depends on how you interpret the song. By ‘faggots’ I didn’t mean homosexuals and by ‘Jews’ I didn’t mean all Jews. My fans realize that,” he added.
Amin Abou Rashed, a Hamas operative residing in the Netherlands was among those present at the rally, another red flag raised by the Dutch officials.
“How does the city government view the presence of people collecting funds for groups considered a terrorist organization by the European Union?” they wrote in their petition.
Another activist caught on film by the JTA made openly racist comments against Jews, saying “Cancer Jews, you people don’t exist, you’re made up.”
But an Irish woman insisted that the protest was not anti-Semitic, explaining that “Criticism is not anti-Semitism.”
Some activists reportedly carried signs of Israeli flags that included swastikas in place of the Star of David.
Recent years have seen counter protests from Jews and non-Jewish activists at Dam Square as well as other sites.
The appeal comes at a time of concern among Jewish communities over growing anti-Semitism.
In London, a vigil held ahead of the Kristallnacht anniversary by pro-Israel activists for Jews murdered and harmed in Arab countries was dispersed violently by men shouting about killing Jews in Arabic.
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