Turkish-Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch websites are packed with anti-Semitism. “Tracking it is more necessary than ever!”
by Tim Engelbart
July 7, 2020
Anti-Semitism on Dutch websites is beginning to spill out, reports the anti-Semitism watchdog CIDI today with the release of a new report on Internet anti-Semitism. The websites with the most anti-Semitic utterances are Dutchturks.nl and Morokko.nl, as the group discovered in collaboration with the investigative bureau, Kantar.
Tackling online anti-Semitism is more “necessary than ever”. So says the CIDI, which has long monitored anti-Semitism in the Netherlands. This conclusion is drawn after the publication of a report (pdf) by the investigative bureau Kantar into the extent of Jew-hatred on the Internet in 2019.
On as many as 286 Dutch websites anti-Semitic utterances are found, which vary from remarks that the September 11 attacks were allegedly carried out by Zionists, to Frans Timmerman being a puppet of the Jews, to the “Jewish lobby”, which is allegedly behind all kinds of sinister developments. Anti-Semitism is also rampant on Twitter and CIDI, and Kantar found some 750 tweets in which Jews were attacked because of their origin.
Remarkably enough, the websites that stand out as to the extent of anti-Semitism are often aimed at Dutch people with a migration background. On the Internet pages that have a lot of “incidental anti-Semitism”, Dutchturks.nl tops the list. Aside from some consumer websites, Hababam.nl can also be found in the top ten— this site calls itself the “virtual house of Turkey”.
On the other hand, “structural anti-Semitism” is practiced on web pages of Moroccan-Dutch origin. Maroc.nl (“the oldest online forum for Moroccans in the Netherlands and Flanders”) contained no fewer than 85 anti-Semitic utterances, followed by forums.marokko (“‘the largest Moroccan web community in the world”) where Jew hatred showed up 53 times.
In addition to the websites aimed at migrant communities, there are also some notorious conspiracy theorists, such as Martin Vrijland, Nine for News, and Stan van Houcke.
The CIDI believes that this is all the more reason to tackle these kinds of utterances on the Internet. “Much of the most disgusting anti-Semitic content that we found is still on the Internet.” However, the watchdog is positive about the future. “CIDI expresses the hope that the National Coordinator for Combating Anti-Semitism, launched last week by Parliament, will work on this with CIDI and the judiciary.”