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Prosecutors allege ‘terrorist intent’ in attack on Netherlands kosher restaurant

An Israeli flag sticks out of the window of HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 8, 2020, after a man smashed the window. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
An Israeli flag sticks out of the window of HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 8, 2020, after a man smashed the window. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

A man who allegedly vandalized a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam last year, smashing a window and ramming an Israeli flag through the hole, acted with terrorist intent, prosecutors allege.

The prosecutors have asked a court in Amsterdam to order the man to undergo psychiatric treatment at a secure facility and impose a sentence of 418 days — the length of time he has been jailed since his arrest.

The 32-year-old suspect is accused of the vandalism at the HaCarmel restaurant in May last year, the sixth attack targeting the restaurant in recent years.

A bureau that analyzed the suspect conclude that he is “radicalized, holds extremist ideas and acted based on that ideology,” prosecutors said, adding that his actions are based on a pro-Palestinian sentiment. A verdict is expected on July 14.

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