Dutch cafe owner: Time to ‘smite down’ Israeli tourists

Dutch Jewry’s watchdog files police complaint for incitement to violence against Youness Ouaali for comments on Facebook

The Bon Appetit cafe in Bussum, The Netherlands (screen capture: Google Maps)
The Bon Appetit cafe in Bussum, The Netherlands (screen capture: Google Maps)

Dutch Jewry’s watchdog on anti-Semitism filed a complaint with police for incitement to violence on Thursday against Youness Ouaali, 30, over text he posted on Facebook two days earlier about a picture of a blood-covered boy titled “Palestinian child shot by Israel’s illegal occupation clutching on to his last breath.”

Ouaali, who owns the Bon Appetit cafe in the city of Bussum near Amsterdam, wrote: “Maybe it’s a good idea, starting today, to totally smite down Israeli tourists (not children)?”

He added: “Those who won’t listen need to feel. Enough is enough!!! Time to give a clear signal, I think. 14 years old and cold-bloodily shot down and sworn at till his last breath!!! May Allah reward him with djenna,” Arabic for heaven.

Ouaali appears to be referring to a 13-year-old Palestinian boy whom Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week said had been “executed” by Israel, but who is in fact alive and being treated in a Jerusalem hospital. The boy is recovering from wounds he sustained when he was hit by a car after stabbing an Israeli of the same age riding a bicycle.

“The violence must not spill over to the Netherlands,” the watchdog group, the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, said in a statement. “It is of importance that Ouaali be located and urgently be brought before a judge.”

The text he wrote about Israelis should be removed, the center said.

The cafe’s Facebook account appears to have been targeted by Israel supporters, who have posted a series of messages on the page, including images of IDF troops and Israeli flags.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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