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Add Brussels to the List of Where Jews Need to Hide. Again.

The last remaining Jewish school in central Brussels has instructed its students to remove their kippot and wait until they are inside the building to put it on.

Atheneum Maimonides, a Jewish school in central Brussels. Note the video cameras, unmarked entrance, absence of windows on lower levels.

Atheneum Maimonides, a Jewish school in central Brussels. Note the video cameras, unmarked entrance, absence of windows on lower levels.

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For years there have been reports of Jews being warned not to wear items that identify them as Jewish in places where there are large or numbers are particularly aggressive anti-Semites.

People are told it is best not to wear Magen David necklaces outside their clothing, or kippot on their heads when visiting certain neighborhoods in France, in England, certainly throughout much of the Arab Middle East or in parts of North Africa.

But now a Jewish school in Belgium has issued an edict to its schoolchildren: do not wear kippot near the school until you are safely inside the steel-paneled fortified building.

The Maimonides School in the Anderlecht neighborhood of Brussels was started shortly after World War II, at the initiative of the director of the Jewish orphanage, Holocaust survivor S.B. Bamberger, with assistance from Brussels’ rabbi.  It was an attempt to reclaim Jewish life in Brussels after the German occupation. The school opened its doors on September 1, 1947 on the Boulevard Poincaré.

Although it is a pluralistic Jewish school, it follows kashrut and boys are required to wear kippot, and all students are expected to dress “decently,” according to the school’s website.

Over the years the neighborhood in which the school is located has deteriorated.  Anderlecht used to be called “little Jerusalem” because there were so many Jews.  The neighborhood is now increasingly populated by Muslim immigrants from Morocco and Turkey, and right near the school building is a subway station where many Muslim immigrants gather.  Attendance at the school has been dwindling.

Last year the Maimonides board of directors concluded that they will soon have to move, because parents have become too frightened to send their children to the school in its current location. The dramatic drop in attendance – the pre-k through senior high school once had 600 students, but it is now down to less than 150 – has created enormous financial difficulties for Maimo, as it is called.

“In recent years, the district suffered a sharp deterioration. The establishment struggled to deal with the problems of insecurity, of cleanliness. Many parents no longer wish to enroll their children in Maimonides because they fear for their safety,” explained Jacques Wajc, chairman of the school’s board of directors, to the Belgian news source 7 Sur 7.

An incident unnerved the school community in March of 2012.  According to the Coordinating Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism,

“Four individuals of Arab-Muslim origin arrived at the door of the Athenaeum Maimonides in Anderlecht and tried to pull the door to enter multiple times. The security services of the school intervened and were joined by police officers on site.  When checking on the individuals, one of them said, ‘I do not care to touch the door of s[**]t dirty Jew,’” according to the Coordinating Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism,  The four who attempted to gain entrance to the school were illegal immigrants.

Until the school can raise the money to move, it has had to issue a new directive to its students, as reported by Gates of Vienna:

Especially since the attack by Mohamed Merah at the Jewish school in Toulouse last year, which resulted in four deaths, the fear of radical Islam with a North African flavor has increased a lot in Brussels.The director of the school has banned the wearing of kippahs by students outside the school in an attempt to protect them. The kippah is a sign of respect towards God. So a fundamental aspect of the Jewish belief system had to go.

There are two Jewish schools in suburban Brussels.

Approximately 25,000 Belgian Jews were deported to the death camps from Brussels during World War II.  Of those, only 1,207 survived the war.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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49 Responses to “Add Brussels to the List of Where Jews Need to Hide. Again.”

  1. Jo Ann Davis Stuckey says:

    No ! Let the Muslims go to Brussels .Israel and all of Jerusalem belongs to the Jews !!!

  2. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    I think standing guard around the perimeter of the school with a couple of Uzis might make these camelfu–ers change their tune, ya think? NEVER AGAIN – let those Muslimes learn a lesson – they will NOT defeat us, the Nazis tried to, and we’re still here, and always will be. Rise up, defend yourselves, whatever it takes.

  3. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    Read this article – they later found out that reknowned Benny Rawitz, the great Israeli pianist who was living in Brussels was murdered because he was Jewish. I was supposed to meet him when he was coming to New York and play 4-hand piano pieces together – sadly, that day never occurred, he was brutally murdered by Muslimes.

  4. Keengz Plaza says:

    And Europe is telling Israel how to behave? Clean up your ****ty Europe full of parasites before you talk. I wouldn't spend a dime to see Europe.

  5. Jews: Get the hell out of Europe now, before it's too late.

  6. Samuel Ramos says:

    It seems to me that since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin wall, a new wave of Anti-Semitism has gathered momentum throughout Europe. The Europeans are welcoming these hordes of muslins while turning a blind eye to the Right Wing elements in their native populations. I'm sorry to say that history will probably repeat itself both in Europe and with greater concern this time for the Middle East and Africa as well. I'm not sure where Russia will be for the next great conflagration and North and South America may yet hold the center!

  7. Sara Weiner says:

    Thanks for sharing Samuel

  8. Rebecca Zuckerberg Cohen says:

    thank you for sharing.

  9. Iris Frances Zaft says:

    Low Life’s

  10. Eileen Gindin Spiegel says:

    disgusting

  11. Gary Heller says:

    Moshe, who said that ? Ze'ev Jabotinsky.

  12. My dad was there in WWII fighting the Nazis, do we have to do it again?

  13. Bruce Becker says:

    ya mean LEFT wing…liberals, The Muslims' best friend….especially Muzzie Prez Hussein and Co. PS Nazis = Left Wing….

  14. Pat Sears says:

    Add Holy Cross hospital in Silver Spring, MD to your don't go if Jewish list for they murdered my husband MARCUS PENN in March 2013 for being Jewish and for the theft of his life savings and huge Medicare fraud. It is one of 82 U.S. hospitals owned by Trinity-Health all with same policies employing many muslims then joining with using them actually to commit the murders. It is not safe there really it isn't because you could get sick or hurt and have to go to the hospital. Now if you know anything about MARCUS PENN you will realize that if Washington Adventist hospital don't get your ass, for damn sure Holy Cross will and if old or Jewish and if an old Jew you will die mother ****er die. The muslims there want the Glory and the Catholics want the damn money bitch. This is what they say and do right in your face. Then your corpse will go missing so your family will have nothing to bury. My husband corpse is missing for 4 months now. I cry everyday having seen him be cruelly torture to death but what he entered the hospital for no one ever dies from it isn't fatal so why is he dead they wont say. http://www.pattyjustice2.simplesite.com http://www.marcuspenn2.simplesite.com patty-sears.squarespace.com patty0 is password if needed http://www.patriciasears65.wordpress.com http://www.justiceformarcuspenn.yolasite.com Pat Sears on Facebook patriciasears1 on twitter.

  15. Pat Sears says:

    The muslims and Catholics have tried to kill me too. I know they will. I try my best to resolve situation. I am not Jewish but loving Buddy was all it took to get them after me.

  16. MichaelBregman says:

    I don’t doubt the story, but I walked around Brussels, with a kippa and my tsitsit hanging our in a predominantly Muslim area near the Gare du Midi.  No one attacked me, even at night. As a grown man, of course, I’m not as easy a target as a young kid and it could be that they saw that I wasn’t intimidated.
    On the other hand, I don’t know if it’s related by somehow, some kind of disgusting stuff got all over my back which I hadn’t discovered until I went to the train station.

  17. Don't be so sure about Latin America. Note that every country in Latin America except Panama, Colombia, and Paraguay voted in favor of the pro-Palestinian resolution at UNGA. Much of that can be linked to large Arab populations in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

  18. The Middle East is literally on fire. Death and injury are commonplace.

    Sadly, that is becoming the norm as chaos continues to destabilize parts of the globe. This administration is clueless.. I urged that this president not be nominated in the first primaries and most in the Jewish world strongly disagreed with me. TO BE FAIR, the entire CONGRESS seems equally clueless. ISRAEL is surrounded by enemies and they are to busy killing themselves but eventually will turn on ISRAEL. G-d FORBID. IRAN MUST BE DEALT WITH NOW.. YES ANOTHER HOLOCAUST IS AROUND THE CORNER. NUCLEAR BOMBS CAN DESTROY ISRAEL Much of EUROPE is becoming judenrein and many do not realize that the extremist MUSLIMS are the new Nazis. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG.

  19. Sue Johnson says:

    Tragic.

  20. It is enough. Everyone should make aliyah to Israel. The writing is on the wall.

  21. Lip****z says:

    Europe’s not safe, Africa’s not safe, even the U.S. is not safe now.

  22. Pearl Ezekiel says:

    The clock is ticking, and the Jews of Europe are running out of time. All your money and wealth will not save you from the wild Beasts.

  23. I always thought that the message was quite clear. The only place for Jews to live is in Israel, certainly not in Europe, or even the USA and the rest of the America's. The Jews are not wanted in Europe and they should all leave as soon as possible to avoid bloodshed and worse. We Germans know how to deal with minorities, trust us that we will get it right this time especially when dealing with Muslims.

  24. But you do want the Arabs? Welcome to hell.

  25. Ethan Perks says:

    A good friend of mine, a Muslim, had his FaceBook page shut down on pilgimige to Mecca because of his contacts with Israel.

  26. leave them to their muslim sewer. that's all eurotrash are good for is to drown in muslim anti-semitic stink. the rich are the same ones really who invited hitler to tea and collaborated with the nazis.

  27. I am an Australian, I have been working on getting the full face covering (Burqa / Niqab) legally banned in Australia. For the last 3 years I have come to truly understand that "Islam is a CRIME against humanity". It is a ideology no different to NAZISM, the world needs to help these poor brain washed fools into joining humanity.

  28. Paula Gualtier says:

    very sad

  29. Pat Cohen says:

    Come on people, did the past teach nothing? It's time to leave Eurabia and let it sink in its own moslem filth.

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