Holland – Son Rabbi Evers emigrate of antisemitism
Benzion Evers believes Amsterdam is not a safe place for Jews. The son of the Dutch capital’s chief rabbi says he is planning on leaving the country next year together with his wife and infant son.
In spite of being a popular vacation destination for Israeli travelers, and even though the city boasts a warm Jewish community of thousands, 22 year old Evers, son of Raphael, Amsterdam’s chief rabbi has announced that the country is becoming less safe for Jews.
“It’s not that you can’t leave the house” he explains in an interview to the Het Parool newspaper, “but you constantly need to hide, to be careful and to carefully examine which neighborhoods to go into and which not to go into.”
He also told of how recently, he is careful never to leave the house wearing his fur hat and hides his skullcap under a baseball cap when going through neighborhoods with high concentrations of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants.
The interview he gave to the newspaper was mentioned in many Dutch publications and one newspaper even declared that “history was repeating itself”.
Ever’s announcement continues a storm sparked last week when former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, the former head of the Dutch Liberal Party, stated that “Jews with a conscience should leave Holland, where they and their children have no future, leave for the US or Israel.”
The One Hand organization was founded in Holland 20 years ago in stubborn efforts to end antisemitism in the country. “As yet, there are no registered cases of violent attacks,” Holland’s Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs stated, “but antsemitic behavior is becoming more and more conspicuous.
“When haredi Jews go to synagogue, they might meet with calls of ‘Jew’ from youths in the street and recently, someone threw paint all over a synagogue door.”