Man arrested for antisemitic laser-projection in the Netherlands

An antisemitic laser projection appeared on an office building in the Rotterdam metropolitan area of the Netherlands on July 6.

The police arrested a 30-year-old man from Gouda on suspicion of discrimination and incitement to hatred on Thursday evening after an antisemitic laser-projected text appeared on a white office building in the Rivium business park in Capelle aan den IJssel, a municipality in the metropolitan area of Rotterdam, reports The NL Times.

Several reports were received by the police on Thursday evening about the projection, which was captured on camera and posted on Twitter, showing the slogan „Joden runden de slavernij, blanken schaften het af,” translating to „Jews ran slavery, whites abolished it.”

The language of the slogan can be associated with white supremacy and far-right nationalism by blaming the Jews for all slavery in the past and falsely claiming that white people were not linked to the history of slavery.

The police investigated and determined the probable source of the projection and arrested the suspect, who had the necessary equipment. The man remains in custody at a police holding facility and will be questioned later this week.

In the past couple of months, several antisemitic incidents were committed by extreme right-wing activists, who used laser projectors to project antisemitic messages on the Erasmus Bridge, on the side of a building and on the Anne Frank House. The statements included Holocaust distortion.