Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police Have Difficulties Dealing with Criminals Murdering Each Other

Hanneke Ekelmans, head of operations of the Amsterdam police, says that the police requires additional legal support in order to prevent criminals from murdering each other.  It should be possible, she says, that criminals who are the targets of violence be kept from the streets much like mentally disturbed people.  She added that not only are the police charged with the task of preventing murder but of ensuring a safe environment for all citizens.  In recent killings, bullets hit buildings and cars of innocent people.  Ekelmans concluded that, “it is very frustrating that we can do so little.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Disclosure: In 1951, Jewish Children Kept Out of Classes Attended by Dutch Princesses

Historian Bart Wallet has found in the archives of the Dutch Jewish community (NIK) that in 1951, Jewish children were not permitted to attend classes where two of the then-Queen Juliana’s daughters went to school.  The Jewish community at the time checked the matter.  It turned out that the initiative wasn’t taken by the Queen, but by the school principal.  The Queen knew about it, however, and did not react.  Wallet explained that the Dutch environment after the war was so unpleasant and problematic for the Jewish community that its leaders decided not to go public with the scandal.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Politicians Threaten Police Unions with Court Case

Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur, together with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, have asked the police unions to cancel their planned “go-slow action” against the Tour de France, which starts next week in the Netherlands. They have warned the unions that if they continue with their plans, they will be taken to court. One of the planned actions is a major traffic control on the publicity caravan, which drives ahead of the cyclists.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Government Fails in Regard to the Mentally Troubled

The Hoekstra Commission has investigated and concluded that the police, the public prosecution and mental healthcare officials have failed in assessing the danger that mentally troubled people can cause to society. The Commission says that it is urgent that the situation be improved.  It investigated what went wrong with handling the mentally troubled individual who is now suspected of having murdered both former Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst as well as his own sister.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Military Serving Abroad Are Increasingly in Need of Help

The National Broadcasting Organization, or NOS, says that one can learn from data which the Minister of Defense has sent to parliament that the Dutch military, which fulfill missions abroad, have problems at levels which continue to increase.  In 2014, a total of 1,668 complaints were received as against 1,258 complaints received in 2013. The Minister of Defense supposes that this is due to the opening of a special service for veterans.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Vacations for Caregivers of Family Members Increasingly Difficult

Mezzo, the national organization for caregivers of family members and volunteers, says that it has become increasingly difficult for these people to take vacations.  It now takes months to find temporary substitute caregivers, whereas in the past it only took weeks.  There are 2.6 million such caregivers in the Netherlands, which help family members, friends and neighbors. According to Mezzo, about 450,000 are overburdened by their responsibilities.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Twenty-five Percent of Dutch Employees Stay at Home During Vacation

The NIBUD institute has found that an increasing number of Dutch employees stay at home during the summer vacation.  They cannot afford to go on holiday elsewhere.  In 2012, only 18% stayed home. Of those with low income, 20% do not even make day-trips within the Netherlands due to lack of funds.