(The Jewish Chronicle) Dutch university staff have been ordered to reveal any ties they may have to Israeli and Jewish bodies or organizations — a move that Holland’s Chief Rabbi fears could reveal a “shadowy Jewish cabal” that runs the country’s university system:
Pro-Palestine advocacy group The Rights Forum put in a freedom of information request to force the disclosures. Administrators at more than a dozen universities in the Netherlands are now compiling information on links to Israeli and Jewish organisations. Gerard Jonkman, director of The Rights Forum, said the request was to find out about “institutional ties with Israel universities, institutions and businesses and with organisations that propagate support for the State of Israel.
”But the lists of bodies includes Jewish communal organisations, among them the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
In a statement, Chief Rabbi of the Netherlands Binyomim Jacobs said: “The clear inference is that some shadowy Zionist/Jewish cabal is operating in the Dutch university system. This reeks of antisemitism, but it comes as no surprise to me given this group’s reputation…What really concerns me is the number of universities that were so compliant with such a transparently antisemitic request….It reminds us that most mayors cooperated during the occupation to pass on the names of their Jewish citizens to the Germans.”
Under Dutch freedom of information law, The Rights Forum is also requesting information on links to Elbit, the Israeli weapons manufacturer, B’nai B’rith and Christians For Israel. It is unclear whether university administrators will comply with the request and hand over the information to The Rights Forum.
President of the Conference of European Rabbis Pinchas Goldschmidt said: “The ironically-named ‘Rights Forum’ has revealed its dystopian, antisemitic core. “We urge Dutch universities to use all available means to resist their attempts to stigmatise and incite prejudice against Jews. We stand in solidarity with the Dutch Jewish community.”
The Rights Forum was established in 2009 by former Dutch Prime Minister Dries Van Agt to promote a “just and durable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict”, according to its website. The Forum says it aims to “monitor Dutch politics and reveal what positions politicians take regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and “record violations of international law which the parties commit and report on these.”
Mr Agt, who served as Prime Minster from 1977 to 1982, has been repeatedly accused of antisemitism. In 2008 he compared Israel to Nazi Germany, and in 2017 he praised the Dutch Labour party for being “good for the Palestinians despite the strong Jewish lobby”. While serving as Justice Minister Mr Agt cited his “Aryan roots” as a reason to pardon four Nazi war criminals.
The liberal Dutch are among the most out-spoken supporters of the Palestinian cause — including charging Israelis with war crimes and genocide.
Historically, university faculty in the West have been explicitly pro-Palestinian — but that has been changing as Zionist groups have spent billions of dollars attempting to rebrand pro-Palestinian activism as “anti-Semitism.”
Militant pro-Israel groups have aggressively slandered anyone who dares suggest that criticism of Israel is not de facto “anti-Semitism” — and Jewish professors have resigned in protest over colleges that allow such “anti-Semitic” criticism of Israel on campus.
Seemingly every day another university or organization in the West formerly announces that they’ve adopted the IHRA definition of “anti-Semitism” which censors any anti-Israel protests on campus as “inciting hate.”
Pro-Zionist students and faculty are now claiming that they “don’t feel safe” on any campus where people are free to express open “hatred” and “hostility” to “the Jewish people” and their “right” to have a “homeland” of their own.
To give the Dutch credit, they flatly reject this entire notion — and now are going to far as to demand full transparency from all university figures — knowing full-well that such a move will reveal the everyone what the Jews fear most — the hidden Jewish hand controlling our educational systems.