Refusing handshakes is undesirable, says Amsterdam mayor

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan thinks it ‘undesirable’ that a lecturer at Amsterdam’s hbo college has decided he will no longer shake women’s hands because of his religion, news agency ANP reports.

Van der Laan made the comment during a council meeting on Thursday afternoon. The college has given the man permission to bow to female colleagues instead.

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