Bolkestein (who’s not Jewish, by the way) advised Dutch Jews to emigrate to the United States or Israel, in view of the growing hostility towards them from a significant proportion of the Muslim population of the Netherlands. "Any Jew who looks or acts Jewish will have a hard time in Holland due to the growing part of Muslims who hate Jews”, he said.
Although, as Mr Gerstenfeld observed, the quoted remarks amounted to just “seven lines” of the 280-page book, they were very widely reported, leading to “a media-rodeo around Frits Bolkestein”.
According to Gerstenfeld:
"Bolkestein never said that all Muslims are Jew-haters; he said that there is a large amount of Muslims in Holland who hate Jews. Bolkestein added that the Dutch government didn't act properly to protect its Jewish population from antisemitic attitudes or attacks from its growing number of Muslim inhabitants. Hence, according to Bolkestein, those Jews who wish to live a peaceful Jewish life should leave the Netherlands."Here’s a video (hat tip: reader Shirlee) that gives a glimpse into the plight of “visible” Jews in the land of Spinoza and Anne Frank: