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Dutch Socialists Reject Longtime Activist Over Anti-Semitic Tweets

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch Socialist Party distanced itself from an activist for the movement after he wrote that seeing Israeli soldiers makes him “proud” of German ones during World War II.

A spokesperson for the party’s branch in Castricum, a town located 13 miles west of Amsterdam, wrote last week on Twitter that Jan van der Weiden, a former Socialist Party candidate and ex-treasurer, “has for a long time been neither a member nor active for us.”

Last month, van der Weiden tweeted: “The more I see Israelian (sic) soldiers, the more proud I am on German soldiers during the Second World War.” It was one of several tweets about Jews, including one accusing Jews of having too much influence and another explaining the need to punish Jews for Israel’s actions. The messages were removed and the Twitter account made inaccessible.

However, van der Weiden had featured as late as last week on the website of the Castricum branch of the Socialist Party, where he was praised for helping the branch out with excellent accounting skills. The page was removed following the CIDI complaint, the Dagelijkse Standaard news website reported.

On the Socialist Party’s official Twitter account, a party spokesperson said that despite the website, van der Weiden “is not a Socialist Party member, has not been a member for years and is not involved with us. His statements are not made in the party’s name, absolutely not.”

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