The article below is an appropriate follow-up to yesterday’s report on homo-hate in Amsterdam. A report from Rotterdam has reached similar conclusions about the culture-enriching aspect of homo-hate in that city, and also identified Moroccans as the group which expresses most of the Jew-hatred in Rotterdam.
“Homo- and Jew-hatred often come from non-Western quarters”
July 23, 2021
Rotterdam and region, IJsselmonde News
Concerning anti-Semitism and discrimination against the LHBTIQ+ community, attackers often have a non-Western background. That is what the victims say in several investigations, writes the Leefbaar Party counselor Tanya Hoogwerf, who takes these reports seriously and still wants an accelerated investigation supported by Rotterdam.
Her first attempt was voted down on July 8 of this month. “The community council thus continues to look away from reality. To stop anti-Semitism and homophobia, a harder approach is required, and there must be a serious investigation into the opinions and backgrounds of the perpetrators of anti-Semitism and homo-discrimination,” Hoogwerf emphasizes.
“The research shows that many Jewish residents of Rotterdam don’t dare to wear a kippah and that they have little trust in the community approach to anti-Semitism.
“The investigations with conclusions about the perpetrators of homo-hate and Jew-hate are piling up,” reports Hoogwerf in the name of the Leefbaar faction of Rotterdam. “Recently the report ‘Action Investigation Anti-Discrimination LHBTIQ+’ appeared in Amsterdam, in which the investigators reported that they encountered similar characteristics in regards to the perpetrators. The report states,
‘Through the respondents of the investigation, the perpetrators often were described as Amsterdammers with a non-Dutch background.’”
Will you stop looking away?
In addition, this year the report “Openly Jewish, but not always” appeared in Rotterdam. This investigation among Jewish Rotterdammers shows that the majority have the idea that the anti-Semitism that they and others experience comes mainly from Muslims. “Some respondents specifically name young Moroccan men as the group that most often expresses anti-Semitism in public.”
“The European Union has also conducted investigations into the backgrounds of the perpetrators of anti-Semitism. In 2018, a large European investigation into anti-Semitism reported: Almost one-third (30%) reported that the perpetrator was someone with an (apparent) Islamist-extremist belief. In 20% of the incidents, the perpetrator, according to the victim, was someone with a leftist political view. In 13% of the incidents, someone with a rightist political view, and in 5% of the incidents, someone with an extremist Christian view.”
The letter to the Rotterdam city leadership ends with the question from Counselor Hoogwerf: “Do you have a plan to stop looking away and engaging in the politics of symbolism, and will you finally get to work with a hard approach to homo-discrimination and anti-Semitism? And specifically concentrate on those who cause this terror?”