Dutch Queen Beatrix, who will be succeeded on Tuesday, April 30, by her son, the new King Willem Alexander, will take official leave from Dutch citizens on September 14, which falls out on Yom Kippur this year.
The program, organized by a national committee, states that the event is meant “to give all Dutchmen as a collective” the opportunity to thank the Queen.
The committee which organizes the festivities together with the court, announced that it has received disappointed reactions from Jewish organizations. Yet it says that it cannot change the date because it was chosen on the basis of the availability of the main hall in Rotterdam and the programs of the artists who have been booked.
Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said in the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad: “Jews are confronted with the facts: we do not belong. That hurts.” He was however, invited for the coronation on Tuesday.
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