Source: i24 News
Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs filed a complaint with police against two men whom he said tried to intimidate him at a gas station last week, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Monday.
Jacobs, chief rabbi of the Interprovincial Rabbinate for The Netherlands, said two men on November 5 drove a BMW car in his direction in a manner that Jacobs said was meant to intimidate him.
“I was putting in fuel and noticed two men, who had a Middle Eastern appearance, watching me from their car nearby,” Jacobs told JTA. “When I walked past their car to pay, they started the car and lunged in my direction, laughing. It was clear that they had waited to do this with the intention of at least scaring me, if not worse,” he said.
“The current government is very clear in speaking against anti-Semitism and this is a good thing,” Jacobs, 65, said. “And while panic over anti-Semitism is not called for, we must recognize that there is growing anti-Semitism and report each incident because this is how we can combat the phenomenon,” he added.
Jacobs’ home was targeted several times in recent years by individuals who threw stones at its windows. The last attack happened during Israel’s conflict this summer with Hamas in Gaza.
The police installed security cameras around Jacobs’ home, located 30 miles east of Amsterdam.