Dutch Muslim rioters chant Jewish murderers in Hague

Dozens of people chanted anti-Semitic slogans during riots that broke out in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of The Hague after a man being arrested died in police custody.

More than 100 people chanted “Jewish murderers” on July 2 in the Schilderswijk, where a handful of Jews live in a Jewish-owned enclave surrounded by low-income housing, according to a report on the Post Online. More than 200 people have been arrested since protests broke out in the Schilderswijk over the death of Mitch Henriquez, a citizen of the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. Police officers are accused of suffocating Henriquez during his arrest at a park; preliminary autopsy findings appeared to support the allegation.

The Schilderswijk has one of the highest crime rates in the Netherlands. Last year, the neighborhood saw riots that broke out on the margins of rallies in support of the ISIS terror group and featured its flags. During Israel’s war in Gaza, at least two demonstrations against Israel in Schilderswijk featured calls to slaughter the Jews.

The Jewish-owned enclave was purchased in the 19th century by the Jewish community to accommodate impoverished Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe. But the Jewish population of The Hague was nearly annihilated during the Holocaust. The city is now believed to have a few hundred Jews.

— jta