Police in the Netherlands are to use 'decoy Jews' to catch anti-Semitic attackers amid growing concerns about rising hate crime in the country.
Amsterdam mayor Lodewijk Asscher ordered the new strategy in a bid to cut the number of verbal and physical attacks on Jews.
Officers will wear religious dress such as skullcaps as they patrol the streets.
'Jews in at least six Amsterdam neighbourhoods often cannot cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked,' according to reports in the Telegraph.
The move was sparked by secret footage gathered by the Jewish broadcasting company, Joodse Omroep, which showed young men, often of Muslim immigrant origin, shouting and making Nazi salutes at a rabbi when he visited different areas of the Dutch capital.
Similar schemes are already used in other crime areas with decoy prostitutes, homosexuals and elderly deployed to help catch would be muggers and abusers.
The Daily Telegraph also report that police in the city of Gouda have disguised officers as frail old age pensioners.
'If we receive several reports of street robbery in a certain location, we send out the granny. That soon quietens things down,' a spokesman told them.
The city prides itself on liberalism and which is home to the museum of Anne Frank, a Jew killed during the Holocaust.
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