Two arrested for inciting violence at The Hague pro-Gaza rally

Two men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into anti-Jewish chanting at a pro-Gaza rally in The Hague a week ago.

The public prosecution department studied footage of the demonstration together with two interpreters in the wake of reports that participants were chanting ‘death to Jews’ in Arabic.

One of the men arrested is a 32-year-old from Amsterdam. The other is 32 and comes from The Hague. Both are suspected of inciting violence against a population group on the basis of their beliefs and race, the public prosecution department said in a short statement.


Around 40 people were at the demonstration and several were said to be supporters of the extreme Jihadist group Isis.

Police officers monitoring the rally, including one who spoke Arabic, did not intervene because they did not consider the law had been broken. A spokesman for The Hague’s mayor Jozias van Aartsen made similar assertions, leading to calls for his resignation.

Jewish groups in the Netherlands have expressed unease at the mounting anti-Jewish sentiment in the Netherlands following the latest spate of fighting in Gaza.

Esther Voet of the Israel information centre CIDI said on Twitter after The Hague rally: ‘people who made themselves unrecognisable, Isis flags, death to Jews and journalists take to safety. The Netherlands 2014.’

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