The Palestinian Community in the Netherlands (Palestijnsegemeenschap.nl) is reporting that on 15 May, two Dutch politicians and a prominent pro-Hamas activist addressed a pro-Palestine protest in the Hague where anti-Semitic slogans were shouted. According to a Facebook post:
[The Palestinian community in the Netherlands] held a mass demonstration in which thousands participated in support of the Palestinian people and denounced the crimes of the Zionist occupation in Gaza and Jerusalem and that witnessed the participation of members of the Dutch parliament (…) [Translated from Arabic using Google.]
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According to reports by a Dutch NGO that monitors anti-Semitic activity and a De Telegraaf journalist, demonstrators in The Hague’s Malieveld park were heard shouting “Heil Hitler” and referring to the Dutch Prime Minister as a “cancer Jew.” According to Dutch police, an officer was wounded in altercations with a violent pro-Palestinian protestor. After the event, an unauthorized rally of protesters that marched from Malieveld towards the city’s central station was dispersed by police, resulting in further violence and multiple arrests. Speakers at the protest included:
- Tunahan Kuzu, former chair and co-founder of DENK, a progressive Dutch migrant party with a strong pro-Turkish stance and which has met with a lobby group affiliated with Turkey’s ruling party.
- Bechir Louhichi, The Hague board member of the Dutch Labour Party.
- Amin Abou Rashed, head of the Palestinians in Europe Conference (PEC) and former leader of the now-defunct Al-Aqsa Foundation, the Dutch member of the Union of Good, a worldwide coalition of charities that in 2000 was designated by the United States as a financing entity for Hamas.
Recent reporting by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) about the European and international Hamas support infrastructure has included:
- A May 2021 report that UK Labour Muslim Network had hosted a “Virtual Iftar” featuring pro-Hamas activists and Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) leaders.
- A May 2012 report that a virtual GMB scholars conference brought together a UN-sanctioned terrorism financier, GMB leaders, and a British organization known to be pro-Hamas.
- A May 2021 report that an Irish MP and a member of the Israeli Parliament were among the panelists of an online roundtable on the topic of Jerusalem that was organized by a coalition of UK Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Hamas groups.
- A May 2021 report that the Palestinians in Europe Conference had launched a campaign urging its Facebook followers to contact European media outlets over their alleged partiality towards Israel in the Middle East conflict.