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Dutch arrest two for 'anti-Semitic chants' at Gaza demo

Published on Jul 31, 2014 5:37 PM
 
People take part in a demonstration in Amsterdam on July 20, 2014, to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. Dutch police have arrested two people for allegedly chanting "Death to the Jews" at a pro-Palestinian demonstration, the public prosecutor's office said on Thursday, July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch police have arrested two people for allegedly chanting "Death to the Jews" at a pro-Palestinian demonstration, the public prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

"They are suspected of inciting violence against people of a specific belief or race," the prosecutor's office said in a statement after the men, both 32, were arrested early Thursday.

The Hague mayor Jozias van Aartsen has been hit by a wave of criticism for failing to act against alleged anti-Semitism at two pro-Gaza demonstrations earlier this month amid Israel's withering offensive on the enclave.

The arrests came in connection with the second demonstration on July 24, during which some protesters carried black flags associated with Islamist militants, including the Islamic State that has proclaimed a "caliphate" encompassing parts of Syria and Iraq.

 
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