Violence against Jews and other acts of anti-Semitism have skyrocketed across Europe in recent years.
According to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands rose 71 percent in 2014. Those attacks have continued to rise in 2015.
On Aug. 4, two Holocaust survivors were brutally beaten in Amsterdam by attackers who called them “dirty Jews.”
Then, just days after the Nov. 13 terror attacks that killed 129 people in Paris, three assailants who claimed to be supporters of the Islamic State stabbed a Jewish teacher in the French city of Marseille.
Ber Van Halem is just one more example of how violence has sadly become a fact of life for Jews across the European continent. Twice, Van Halem has been attacked on the streets of Amsterdam simply because he is Jewish.
His story is part of Never Again is Now, a new documentary available on-demand on TheBlaze app and at TheBlaze.com/tv.