Dutch parliament discusses new measures against anti-Semites

02 February 2011

Jewish groups in the Netherlands have called for swifter punishment of Holocaust deniers as the Dutch parliament debated how to combat rising anti-Semitism. The Centraal Joods Overleg, an organization of Jewish groups, said it wanted Holocaust deniers punished under the same rules that are usually reserved for drunk drivers, shoplifters, or football hooligans.

Under the ‘snelrecht’ (fast track justice), prosecutors may offer offenders a choice immediately after their arrest between a fine and a court appearance within two months. A Dutch police report in September 2010 found a 48 per cent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2009, prompting Wednesday's parliamentary debate.

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