Dutch Parliament Passes Motions to Fight Anti-Semitism But Votes Against Jewish Security Funding

July 7, 2020

The Dutch Parliament voted to pass several motions geared towards the fight against anti-Semitism in the Western European kingdom but, according to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the parlaiment failed to pass a motion that had called upon the government to provide security funding for the nation’s synagogues.

The resolutions that did succeed included one that called upon the government of the Netherlands to appoint a national coordinator for the fight against anti-Semitism, and another calling for the creation of special police units to specifically address anti-Semitic crimes.

The call for a national coordinator for the fight against anti-Semitism would fall in line with the efforts of other Western governments who have government coordinators focused on anti-Semitism, including the United States, the UK, Germany, France, the European Union, and others.

The resolutions that passed in the Tweede Kamer, the Kingdom’s lower house of parliament however, are non-binding.

The motion that failed to pass called upon the government to offer financial assistance to the Jewish community in the Netherlands because the community “often lacks the means to adequately protect their infrastructure, events and synagogue services.”

The Dutch Jewish community numbers about 40,000 people.

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