AMSTERDAM (AP) — Jewish groups in the Netherlands called for swifter punishments for Holocaust deniers as Parliament debates how to combat rising anti-Semitism.
The Centraal Joods Overleg, an umbrella organization for Jewish groups, said it wants Holocaust deniers punished under rules usually reserved for drunk drivers, shoplifters, or football hooligans — among other measures.
Under the "snelrecht," or "fast justice" policy, prosecutors offer offenders a choice immediately after their arrest between a fine or a court appearance within two months.
A national police report in September found a 48 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2009, prompting Wednesday's parliamentary debate.
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