| Netherlands: Muslim building owner evicts Jewish community from synagogue to open a restaurant
| Thursday, August 02, 2018
Jihad Watch : “It’s a very heavy feeling that this thing can happen here in 2018.” This is the new, multicultural Europe. Celebrate diversity! “Restaurant owner evicts Dutch Jewish community from synagogue,” by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, July 30, 2018:
DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA)
— The Jewish community of this Dutch city was evicted Monday from its
former synagogue in what members said was the first such occurrence in
years in the kingdom.
Members of Beth Shoshanna, a Masorti/Conservative Jewish congregation
of approximately 30 people, packed up and loaded into a van their Torah
scroll and other scripture, as well as other items used for worship and
furniture. The move followed a legal fight against the building’s new
owners, who are seeking to turn it into a restaurant. “It’s a very heavy feeling that this thing can happen here in 2018,” said Tom Furstenberg, the community’s chairman.
His community had been told to move out by the office of Ayhan Sahin,
a Dutch-Turkish developer and owner of several eateries, who in January
bought the building housing the Great Synagogue of Deventer with a
partner. Last week, the city blocked his plan to open an eatery in the 125-year-old synagogue.
But as the owners, Sahin and his associate can still determine who has
access to the building and have asked the congregation to move out,
according to Sanne Terlouw, a member of the congregation. The community has found a new home in the nearby municipality of Raalte.
“We will continue. But this means the end of centuries of Jewish life in Deventer itself,” Terlouw said.
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