Thursday, May 17, 2018

Parliamentarians inquire about nepotism in pubic prosecution

A number of MP’s want an explanation from Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus about secret romantic relationships among public prosecution officials.  The NRC daily, has reported that two prosecutors were promoted to chief prosecutors by a prosecutor they had a romantic relationship with. A chief prosecutor said to the newspaper anonymously that “colleagues feel unsafe and they no longer dare to criticize each other.” This has led to a breach of trust within the offices of public prosecutors.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Two Jewish Organizations File Complaint against Antisemitism of Former Prime Minister’s Organization

The Jewish umbrella organization, CJO, and the youth organization of CIDI have entered a police complaint against an organization founded by former Dutch Prime Minister, Dries van Agt.  They claim that the organization, TRF, structurally permits antisemitic reactions on their website.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Six near misses between drones and aircrafts in Dutch airspace in 2017

There have been six near misses last year between drones and aircrafts.  One of these concerned a Boeing 737 near Rotterdam.  In 2016, airline pilots warned that stronger regulations regarding drones were needed to keep Dutch airspace safe for aviation.

Monday, May 14, 2018

More incidents of violence in Public Transport

Last year 15.5% of travelers in Dutch public transport reported violence or aggression compared to 13.5% in 2016. The most violent incidents happen on trams or subways.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Utrecht: Blood and mud poured on Holocaust monument

Shortly after the May 4th Memorial Day, blood and mud was discovered on the Holocaust monument in Utrecht. It features the names of more than 1200 Jews deported to their deaths from this city.  The monument is close to an old train station from where these Jewish citizens were deported.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Amsterdam: kosher restaurant may close if no permanent security guaranteed

Sami Bar-On, owner of the kosher restaurant Hacarmel in Amsterdam said that he may close his business if he does not receive permanent security measures.  In the space of a few months, the restaurant has been vandalized three times.  Only then, was Amsterdam Mayor, Jozas van Aartsen willing to take temporary security measures for Bar-On’s place of business, which included the installation of security cameras.  It has only now become known that the municipality knew well before the first attack by Syrian Palestinian, Saleh A. that he is a radicalizing Muslim.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Amsterdam Municipality Was Warned About Syrian-Palestinian Terrorist

The Amsterdam municipality was warned that a potential attacker was radicalizing several weeks before he attacked the Jewish restaurant, HaCarmel. The municipality sent him to the department for mental health instead of to the program which deals with radicalized Muslims. Herman Loonstein, the lawyer of the restaurant, said that this is shocking but not surprising. One wonders how many more of these people walk around freely. This situation also demonstrates the mismanagement by the Amsterdam municipality.