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Jelle on Antisemitism in the Netherlands for Het Parool



“No wonder that Antisemitism thrives in a society that knows nothing about Jews,” shares Landecker Fellow Jelle Zijlstra in his latest opinion piece published by Het Parool, a major Dutch newspaper.

A few decades ago, three quarters of Dutch Jews were murdered, Jelle reminds the readers. Despite this, he adds, “Antisemitism today causes hardly any outcry. It sometimes seems as if we think that Antisemitism started with Hitler and we are commemorating its end on May 4.”

However, the painful reality is that Antisemitism is very much alive. In his opinion article, Jelle reasons this with the “enormous lack of knowledge about Jews and Antisemitism” as well as the persistent stereotypes about Jews as a “privileged group.”

The painful reality is that Antisemitism is very much alive.

To learn more about Antisemitism in the Netherlands, read Jelle’s opinion piece in Dutch on this Het Parool page.

Jelle is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.