Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’


Belgian Jews Live in ‘Permanent State of Siege,’ Says Head of Antisemitism Watchdog

editor 30 May 2018

By Algemeiner Staff.. Fear of antisemitic violence and the presence of armed police and soldiers outside Jewish institutions has left Belgian Jews living in a “permanent state of siege,” the head of Belgium’s main antisemitism watchdog disclosed during a wide-ranging TV interview this weekend May 26-27, 2018). “The presence of military on the street in front of Jewish sites is somewhat reassuring,” Joël Rubinfeld — president of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism — told the French-language broadcaster RTBF on Sunday (May 27, 2018).” [Photo top right: A Belgian soldier stands guard outside the Jewish museum in Brussels, where a plaque commemorates the victims of the 2014 terrorist attack. Photo: Reuters / Yves Herman].  (more…)


Antisemitic Latuff cartoon published in Belgian textbook

editor 20 March 2018

By Elder of Ziyon.. A Flemish geography book published a cartoon by noted anti-semite Carlos Latuff.  It shows a stereotypical, fat religious Jew enjoying Palestinian water while their own pipes run dry. The geography textbook, Polaris GO!, attributes the cartoon to Amnesty International, although Amnesty has nothing to do with the cartoon. The textbook authors decided to attribute the cartoon to Amnesty in an apparent attempt to make it look like it was an official protest cartoon from that organization. (more…)


Foreign Government Funding to Political NGOs Operating in Another Democracy Is a Violation of Sovereignty and Self-Determination

editor 17 February 2017

By Gerald M. Steinberg.. Op-ed: All foreign government funding to political NGOs operating in another democracy is a violation of sovereignty and self-determination, and this issue is particularly important for Israelis. The clash between Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over funding for NGOs involved in the conflict and war crimes allegations highlights the sensitivity of this issue, and the need to go beyond the headlines. (more…)


Belgium takes tips from Israel to step up Brussels airport security

editor 29 November 2016

By Victoria Bryan.. BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium has launched new security measures at Brussels Airport after suicide bombings there in March, taking inspiration from controls at Ben Gurion in Israel, among the most heavily protected airports in the world. Islamist suicide bombers killed 16 people and injured over 150 in the departure hall of Brussels Airport on March 22. The bombings were part of a coordinated assault on the Belgian capital’s transport system. [Photo top right:A Belgian soldier stands guard outside the partially reopened departure hall of Zaventem international airport near Brussels, Belgium, May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir] (more…)


Symposium “Current situation in Israel and the Middle East” on January 30, 2016 Brussels – Belgium

editor 12 January 2016

By C4I International.. “The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” Gen 17:8.

The Belgian Coalition for Israel organized the symposium “Current situation in Israel and the Middle East” that will take place on January 30, 2016 in Brussels – Belgium at the Rue des deux Gares 91 – 1070 Brussels/Anderlecht, from 10.00 a.m. to 15.30 p.m. (Language English, translation into French). See the flyer below for details about reservation and information.   (more…)


Paris attacks and Brussels raids prompt Belgium’s Jews to consider new exodus

editor 3 December 2015

By Matthew Holehouse.. In the wake of a series of terrorist attacks, some of Belgium’s 45,000 Jews are now considering leaving. It pains Betty Dan to contemplate leaving Brussels, not least because she owes her life to a Belgian Catholic family who heroically sheltered her parents during the Nazi occupation. (more…)


Chief Rabbi of Brussels: There is no future for Jews in Europe

editor 26 November 2015

By JPOST.COM Staff.. Synagogues in Belgian capital closed on Shabbat (November 21, 2015) for the first time since World War Two, Rabbi Avraham Gigi tells Israel’s radio 103 FM. In the shadow of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people and as Belgian police sweep the country for terror suspects, the Chief Rabbi of Brussels said Monday (November 23, 2015) that there is no future for Jews in Europe. Rabbi Avraham Gigi spoke to Israeli radio station 103 FM about the atmosphere of fear in the Belgian capital that has been in a state of near lockdown for the past three days. (more…)


Simon Wiesenthal Center Urges Swift Belgian Response to ‘Pogrom of the Antwerp Hayder School Bus’

editor 24 June 2014

By Joshua Levitt.. Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday (June 17, 2104) urged Belgium to respond to the stoning of a Jewish school bus by teens. In a letter to Belgian Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, SWC Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels said the stoning of the bus crossed “a new threshold in the spiraling violence against the Jews of Belgium. From the Brussels Jewish Museum to Flemish Antwerp.” (more…)


Terrorists and Europe’s “Newspeak” When Is Hate Crime Not Hate Crime?

editor 6 June 2014

By Peter Martino.. Britain strips British nationality from immigrants with dual nationality who go to Syria to fight. This act allows British authorities to ban them from re-entering the country. Why don’t European countries do the same?

Yvan Mayeur, the Socialist Mayor of Brussels, said that to combat anti-Semitism and racism, his city needed more “diversity.” But diversity does not mean diversity. Diversity is the new code word for more Islam. (more…)


Belgian, French, Italian leaders in homage at Jewish Museum

editor 29 May 2014

By AFC.. The leaders of France and Italy joined Belgium’s Elio Di Rupo on Tuesday (May 27, 2014) to pay homage to the victims of a fatal weekend attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in Brussels to attend an informal EU summit, met Jewish leaders outside the museum and then bowed their heads in tribute to a rabbi’s prayer. (more…)


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