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article imageDutch police using 'decoy Jews' to stop anti-Semitic attacks

By Laura Trowbridge     Jun 23, 2010 in World
Dutch police will be using "decoy Jews" to try and catch anti-Semitic attackers in Amsterdam. Law enforcers will be disguised in Jewish religious dress to entice those engaging in the hate crimes.
Because anti-Semitic hate crimes seem to be on the rise, Amsterdam's mayor Lodewijk Asscher has ordered the new decoy strategy in an attempt to discourage the verbal and physical attacks on Jews in the Dutch capital.
According to local Dutch reports, "Jews in at least six Amsterdam neighborhoods often cannot cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked."
The Jewish broadcasting company, Joodse Omroep, broadcast secret television recordings they took of young men, often immigrants, shouting and making Nazi salutes at a rabbi when he visited different areas of Amsterdam.
The footage was so shocking to viewers in the liberal city of Amsterdam, home to the Anne Frank Museum, that action will now be taken to stop the hate crimes.
The decoy operations have been successful for other hate crimes and will now be used against anti-Semitic attackers. reports the Amsterdam police have been disguising officers as "decoy prostitutes, decoy gays and decoy grannies" to deter street muggings, attacks on homosexuals, or attacks of those in the city's red light district.
The street crime in the Dutch city of Gouda was lessened after the police sent out officers disguised as frail, elderly women.
"If we receive several reports of street robbery in a certain location, we send out the granny. That soon quietens things down," a spokesperson said.
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