Jewish Center in Amsterdam Attacked, No Injuries
Two bullets grazed a window of the Sinai Jewish Center in Amstelveen, Holland’s daily newspaper De Telegraaf reported Wednesday. Bulletproof glass prevented any casualties. According to the report, the center’s maintenance man discovered two bullet holes on Tuesday that were fired towards the building’s main entrance. There were no injuries, and the motivation is unclear. However, police are investigating whether the incident was related to the escalation of tension in the Middle East.
The Sinai Center is a Jewish mental health center. Although the police confirmed that gunshots were fired, they refused to offer additional comment. The Sinai Center is also withholding comments until the results of the police investigation are completed.
Two weeks ago, there was an arson attempt on a synagogue in Amsterdam’s southern district. Since Operation ‘Cast Lead’, security on Jewish community property has been stepped up. "In the last month, there were as many anti-Semitic incidents as there were throughout 2007 and what worries me the most is that they are of a much more serious nature," says Ronny Naftaniel, director of Centre Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI).
Naftaniel, who is currently in Israel, added, "If anti-Semites have a gun, that goes a step further than an arson attempt. That is bad, but anyone can."
Naftaniel speaks of a 'next stage' of anti-Semitism in the Netherlands. Since the IDF’s operations against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, the number of anti-Semitic incidents has grown.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents rose by a similar rate as during the Lebanon war in 2006, when anti-Semitism in Holland rose by 64 percent. The Israeli Consulate in The Hague is investigating the latest incident.