(JTA) — A neo-Nazi group will demonstrate this month outside the Israeli Embassy in the Hague and the municipality says it has no grounds to ban the protest.
Israel’s embassy, the Dutch Jewish community and various politicians have protested the decision not to prevent the Racial Volunteer Force group from holding the protest on Sept. 28. An online petition against the event has received about 2,000 signatures in two days.
But a spokesperson for Mayor Pauline Krikke told AD news site there is “no judicial ground” to ban the event, though it has been brought to the attention of the prosecution service for monitoring purposes.
The municipality of the Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, senate and royal residence, is among the Netherlands’ strictest when it comes to limiting freedoms in favor of public order.
In 2014, the municipality ordered a Jewish resident to remove a sukkah, the ceremonial hut that Jews erect for one week during Sukkot, from outside his doorway.
The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel also protested the decision to allow the demonstration.