Kippa and Peyes – Criminal Provocation?
Here and there in Europe, the authorities are waking up to the growing problem of antisemitic violence in the streets. In the Netherlands, the police have decided to launch a project of “decoy Jews”, that is policemen dressed up as Jews who will be able to catch people who attack Jews – or at least officers posing as Jews – red-handed.
This seems like a great idea to me, and the Dutch police have already employed a similar strategy with decoy homosexuals (degays?) in order to arrest violent homophobes.
Everyone is not happy about the deployment of the decoy Jews, however. One critic is a Amsterdam counselor from the Green Left Party, Eyelien van Roemburg, who – according to this report – criticized the initiative saying that the police’s using decoys actually provokes a crime, which in itself is illegal in the Netherlands.
Being openly Jewish in public is criminal provocation? What a lovely snapshot of Europe, 2010.
Entry filed under: Allosemitism.