Amsterdam kosher restaurant may close unless police prevent vandalism
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Amsterdam kosher restaurant may close unless police prevent vandalism

Owner of Jewish restaurant may have to shut HaCarmel deli unless the police curb vandalism directed at it

Screenshot showing the Palestinian protester smashing up a kosher shop
Screenshot showing the Palestinian protester smashing up a kosher shop

The owner of a frequently vandalised kosher eatery said he will close it down unless city officials install permanent security measures outside his business.

Sami Bar-On’s lawyer, Herman Loonstein, told the Het Parool daily Wednesday that his client feels it is “irresponsible to go on like this” at HaCarmel restaurant without permanent security measures.

In December, a 29-year-old Syrian asylum seeker smashed the restaurant’s window while holding a Palestinian flag. He then broke into the restaurant and grabbed an Israeli flag as two police officers watched before they arrested him. He has been charged with vandalism, but not a hate crime.

Since the incident, the restaurant’s windows were smashed once more and are repeatedly spat on and smeared with garbage, Bar-On said. Police beef up security after each incident but leave shortly after, he said.

Bar-On also claimed the mayor has refused to meet him on the issue. But a municipal spokesperson said that Bar-On has declined several offers by the city to have him meet lower-level officials.

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