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Belgium Joins Jews in Fighting Anti-Semitism

Belgium's leader says he will join the Jews in fighting anti-Semitism.

Belgium’s government will join Jewish efforts in fighting anti-Semitism, according to the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo pledged Monday following a meeting in Brussels to establish a joint commission with WJC and local Jews to “facilitate the exchange of information” on the issue.

The commitment came following a murderous attack by Islamist terrrorist Mehdi Nemmouche last week at the Brussels Jewish Museum, which left four people dead, including a couple from Tel Aviv. Two Jews were beaten and left in serious condition outside a synagogue in a Paris suburb less than 24 hours later.

The Brussels terrorist, who used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to carry out his attack, was tracked down and caught in France after having just returned from a round of fighting in Syria.

The Belgian prime minister told the WJC delegation he would help Jewish efforts to strengthen communal security, combat racism and strengthen Holocaust education. Di Rupo said he supported “closer European cooperation to fight radical movements” and said his nation would not tolerate “hate speech.”

European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor warned recently at a news conference at Tel Aviv University that unless conditions begin to change, “Normative Jewish life in Europe is unsustainable.”

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4 Responses to “Belgium Joins Jews in Fighting Anti-Semitism”

  1. Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo opens this comment piece as a stand up guy — badly needed in Europe. Is he alone among EU leaders ? The comment closes with another outstanding comment that really should alert all Jews in Europe – EU Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said the unless conditions begin to change, "Normative Jewish life in Europe is unsustainable." Who would of thought that anyone could make that statement – say – just 5 years ago ?

  2. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    The cases of downright Jew-hatred in Europe comes nearly singlehanded from violent Muslims. The mainstream media always describe the offenders as “French," “Swedes," “Belgians”, and so on. This identity label mystifies the whole matter and concludes to the public that the Europeans have gone mad. No, it’s not so! It’s Muslims of various nationalities; un-absorbable in civilized Western Europe. The new EU-critical parties of Europe such as UKIP in UK, Freedom Party in Holland, The Sweden Democrats, and Denmark’s Danish People’s Party are all strongly critical of the influx of Muslim immigrants to Europe. Add to this fact their positive stand towards Israel’s right to defend her-self. Have this in mind next time mainstream media talks about new incidents of anti-Semitism in European cities.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely 100% correct. Some Israeli press and ill informed Americans are deliberately promoting sensationalistic and alarmist rhetoric without in the latter case any knowledge whatsoever and in the former, to sell newspapers. Americans may wish to check whats on their own doorstep first before criticising Europe. Or maybe they have !

  4. Maynard Miller says:

    Mark one up for the "Good Guys"

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