Frits Bolkestein, the former leader of the VVD party (center-right) in the Netherlands, says that practicing Dutch Jews — i.e. those who are identifiably Jewish in public — have no future in the Netherlands, due to increasing anti-Semitic attacks by Muslim immigrants, mainly Moroccans. In Mr. Bolkestein’s view, the Dutch government is no longer able to offer Jews sufficient protection, and they would be better off if they emigrated to the USA or Israel.
In other news, Belgium — which currently holds the presidency of the EU — urges that the Eurozone “rescue fund” be increased in anticipation of further debt crises in EU member states. The IMF and the European Central Bank have seconded Belgium’s opinion.
Good news from northern Israel: the wildfires that killed more than forty people are now out, with the arrival of desperately-needed rain being the major contributor to extinguishing them.
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