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Dutch MP says demanding only Israel label goods is against int’l law

Visiting Israel, Dutch MP Joel Voordewind, who was the first to oppose the EU’s labelling law on requiring labels on only Jewish products from Judea and Samaria, also put forward a resolution to freeze financial aid because of the Palestinian Authority’s “pay-to-slay” policy.

By Yoni Kempinski


Arutz Sheva spoke to MP Joel Voordewind from the Netherlands, who was the first to oppose the EU’s recent law requiring the labelling of products from Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and the Golden Heights.

Voordewind is in Israel for the annual Israel Allies Foundation Chairman’s Conference taking place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Could Gantz become 1st PM with Interpol Warrant preventing his traveling abroad?

While Israelis flock to vote on election day, Tuesday, a Dutch court will hold War Crimes hearing against PM Netanyahu’s greatest contender, Benny Gantz, since some countries, particularly in Europe, allow prosecution of foreign officials for war crimes if their local courts refuse to prosecute.



The District Court of the Hague will hold a hearing on Tuesday about whether a war crimes case against Benny Gantz is admissible relating to his command decisions during the 2014 Gaza War.

Israeli soldiers and commanders may also be on the hot seat at The Hague before the International Criminal Court, but Tuesday’s hearing, which also happens to be Election Day, is a local Dutch court proceeding that is unrelated to that. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Israel-Hater’s Tweet Inadvertently Spurs Sellout of Israeli Wines

By trying to aid the ‘Palestinian cause’, a Dutch BDS activist spotlighted the sell of Israeli wines in an openly anti-Israeli Tweet; she unintentionally motivated Netherland’s pro-Israel supporters to go out and buy every bottle of Efrat wines at many of the supermarket’s locations.

By Israel Today Staff


The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement suffered a major setback in the Netherlands last week when one of its activists inadvertently sparked a rush on Israeli wines in the European country.

Mieke Zagt thought she was serving the Palestinian cause when she took to Twitter to call out local supermarket chain Hema for carrying Efrat wines. Continue Reading »

Dutch parliamentarians fail at blocking export of canines to Israel


Stymied by EU regulations, the Dutch government failed in attempts to ban sale of dogs to Israel, claiming the IDF uses them as ‘weapons.’

By Matt Wanderman


The government in the Netherlands attempted to ban the export of dogs to Israel, claiming that the IDF uses them as “weapons,” but was unable to find a legal means to do so.

An injured IDF soldier with his unit K-9, who is allowed to stay with him. – Facebook

EU Observer reports that Minister for Foreign Trade Lilianne Ploumen investigated the possibility through the European Commission and other supervisory organizations.

EU countries can only restrict exports in certain cases, and such cases are typically decided by the EU as a whole. Continue Reading »

NOT FUNNY! – Nazi symbols painted on dormroom wall of Jewish student as ‘initiation rite’


Seniors at prestigious Dutch university turn Jewish student’s room into ‘Nazi death camp’ with Swastikas & other Nazi symbols as part of an initiation rite.


A Jewish student at a Dutch university was shocked to discover recently that his fellow students had spray-painted swastikas and Nazi symbols on the walls of his room as part of an initiation rite.

The management at the Netherlands’ prestigious Leiden University said it would take harsh measures against the students responsible for the incident, which took place several days ago.

A family crosses the “Arbeit macht frei” gate of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland, where some 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, perished between 1940 and 1945 – Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/FILE

The senior students redesigned the Jewish freshman’s dorm room by painting mass graves and train tracks on the walls and also hung barbed wire on the pipes and created a swastika from sticks, Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem summons Dutch ambassador over divestments….Again

Dutch FM Frans Timmermans said that while the Netherlands is opposed to a boycott of Israel, its policy is to discourage Dutch businesses from conducting business with Israeli settlements.

Amb. Caspar Veldkamp holding a Kassam rocket in Sderot police station. - Photo: Calum Toogood

Amb. Caspar Veldkamp holding a Kassam rocket in Sderot police station. – Photo: Calum Toogood

On Friday, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador to Israel of the Netherlands, Caspar Veldkamp, to provide clarifications on the decision of PGGM, a large pensions administrator, to divest from five Israeli banks because of their activities in West Bank settlements.

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Dutch Prime Minister Rejects Water Company’s Israel Boycott

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opposes Vitens, a local water company’s decision to boycott its Israeli counterpart, says boycott is against the Netherlands gov’t policy.

By Elad Benari


Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has rejected a local water company’s boycott of its Israeli counterpart, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Rutte spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and clarified that the decision by Vitens, a Dutch water company, to cut ties with its Israeli counterpart Mekorot is inconsistent with government policy.

Rutte reportedly clarified that Vitens would continue to work with Mekorot.

The reason cited for last week’s decision was Mekorot’s presence in areas located beyond the 1949 Armistice lines. Continue Reading »

Ronny Naftaniel, pro-Israel activist honored by Dutch premier

In addition to his work for Israel & against anti-Semitism, Naftaniel also had a key role in restitution talks with the Dutch gov’t for Holocaust-era property.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ronny Naftaniel, the former leader of Holland’s main pro-Israel lobby, was feted by the Dutch prime minister and hundreds of others.

Ronny Naftaniel (CIDI) pro-Israel blog

Ronny Naftaniel (CIDI) pro-Israel blog

“I grew up observing you,” Premier Mark Rutte told Naftaniel Monday at a speech at Naftaniel’s retirement party at the Hague’s Royal Theater. “Your optimism is unparalleled and as long as you maintain that courage, so shall we.”

Naftaniel led the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, for approximately 40 years.

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Dutch Advisory Council advised building ties with Hamas

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, responded to a letter in which he was asked to disband a body that advised building ties with Hamas, saying that the gov’t has no control over Anti-Israel Report.

By Elad Benari, Canada


The Dutch Prime Minister has responded to a letter by the Simon Wiesenthal Center last month, in which he was asked to disband a statutory government body that has called on the Netherlands to develop closer ties to the terrorist organization Hamas at the expense of Israel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned a report by the Advisory Council on International Affairs, which calls for the Netherlands to distance itself from Israel and develop closer ties with Hamas. Continue Reading »