web analytics
September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Belgian PM and Jewish Community Respond to Attack

Belgium Jewish Museum

Belgium Jewish Museum
Photo Credit: Google Earth

Following the deadly shooting attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left a Tel Aviv couple and a museum volunteer dead and another employee critically injured yesterday, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon.

The Belgian Prime Minister phoned to update Netanyahu on the details of the investigation into the Brussels attack, while expressing shock over the murders including the Tel Aviv husband and wife, Mira and Emmanuel Riva, who have left behind two teenage daughters.

Di Rupo condemned the manifestations of anti-Semitism and sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

“It is in everyone’s mind. In Belgium we are not accustomed to such acts of barbarity,” Di Rupo said earlier in the day.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked his Belgian counterpart for the call and offered to cooperate with the investigation. “As of now, you are the only European leader who has called me on this issue. I am very disturbed by the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. There must be zero tolerance for anti-Semitism toward Jews and their state,” Netanyahu said.

Maurice Sosnowski, President of the Coordination Center of Jewish organizations in Belgium said in a Daily Mail report that this attack, if confirmed, would be the “worst anti-Jewish attack in Brussels since the Second World War.” The last attack against a Jewish target in Belgium took place more than 30 years ago in 1982 when a gunman opened fire at the entrance of a Brussels synagogue.

Belgium police have not been able to identify the gunman, who was well-prepared for the attack and is believed to have been assisted by an accomplice driver. According to eye-witnesses, the shooter targeted museum visitors, firing bullets into their faces and necks.

Belgium is home to 40,000 Jews, with about 20,000 living in Brussels and the other remaining half in Antwerp.

The cantor of a local Brussels synagogue told Tazpit News Agency that despite the shooting, Jewish congregants came to prayers services as usual on Saturday evening. “There was a debate with security whether to cancel services but we held prayers as usual,” Shimon Klein told Tazpit. “I’m a religious man and I don’t hide my kippa here. I believe that anything can happen anywhere so I continue with life as usual.”

But the attack Klein said left others in the Jewish community including his wife feeling apprehensive.

The President of the Belgian League against Anti-Semitism, Joel Rubinfeld, stated that such an attack did not surprise him because of the “climate of hate.” “This kind of attack was in the air,” he told the Financial Times. Over the past few years, we’ve allowed anti-Semitic speech to run loose; it’s this violent language that has armed the terrorists’ guns.”

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Belgian PM and Jewish Community Respond to Attack”

  1. Whoopie twang. They have allowed anti Semitism to flourish!

  2. Whatever u did, it is NOT ENOUGH! Shame on you!!

  3. Whatever u did, it is NOT ENOUGH! Shame on you!!

  4. I lived and worked in Belgium. It is a country divided and its peoples resentful and eternally complaining. When things go wrong it is always someone else's fault. It is an artificial State created for all the wrong reasons and with built in constitutional instability. On the brighter side it is a beautiful country rich in history and architecture. Arguably it has the best cuisine in Western Europe and the finest beers and wines on offer, so who cares about the other problems (I'm being flippant). Anti-semitism is endemic but a symptom of the underlying tensions. Oh, I forgot to say that I had a great girl-friend from Braaschaat and as a Jew enjoyed the greatest hospitality from her Catholic Flemish family. So who can generalize? I was a member of the Tennis and Riding club and encountered no social problems. Belgium is what it is, an enigma.

  5. Millie Kashuk says:

    SO SO SAD……WHEN WILL THE WORLD WAKE UP TO THE ANTI
    SEMITC RAGE GOING ON IN THE WORLD….IT SEEMS EVERYONE
    IS ANGRY AT THE JEWS…..I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND WE MUST FIND A WAY TO STOP THIS AGGRESION……..

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Protest rally against Metropolitan Opera staging Death of Klinghoffer on 9/22 at 4:30 pm at the Met.
For Grass Roots Klinghoffer Protest 9/22, Jewish Establishment MIA
Latest News Stories
Protest rally against Metropolitan Opera staging Death of Klinghoffer on 9/22 at 4:30 pm at the Met.

This Monday, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, a rally is taking place on the steps of Lincoln Center. The rally is intended to give a voice and add faces to the ongoing furor over the Metropolitan Opera staging a wildly anti-Semitic opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer.” The opera was first staged in 1991, and is […]

A US Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft in flight.

The Senate has approved the ‘ISIS Bill’ to train and arm 5,000 Syrian rebels against ISIS, but the American military is hoping for more.

The two Iranians had changed the photos in the stolen passports, replacing them with their own.

The victims found the bomb, began to tinker with it, and it exploded.

French fighter planes hit ISIS targets in Iraq on Friday.

A convoy of bulldozers supported by tanks reportedly entered Gaza on Friday.

Approximately 1000 Kurds, mostly women and children, are running for their lives to the Turkish border to escape ISIS (Daash).

The general did not say which variant of the missile the country bought, bu did mention the DF 21 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

An airlift of 21 flights from El- Al Airlines flying from 10 different international locations, are bringing parents of lone soldiers serving in the IDF to Israel.

Armi fell from the 13th floor of a building, when both his rappelling cables snapped.

Gidon’s Saar’s quitting gives other Likud members the chance for promotion.

The poll shows that “Jewish Home” party members like and appreciate their current leadership.

It doesn’t matter your age, and there’s no embarrassment in other boys knowing, boys like toys that fly and that make big, loud sound, or do other cool stuff. In fact, if the boys are smart, they make it look very serious, so they can play with the toys at work too. That’s when remote […]

The people of Scotland have spoken: they will remain part of the United Kingdom.

Terrorists from Shuafat Refugee Camp opened fire at a home in Pisgat Ze’ev…

Defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

More Articles from Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
A mother greets her lone soldier at Ben-Gurion airport.

An airlift of 21 flights from El- Al Airlines flying from 10 different international locations, are bringing parents of lone soldiers serving in the IDF to Israel.

The 1,200 year-old ancient prayer book on display in the Bible Lands Museum.

The world’s oldest known Jewish prayer book, or siddur, was displayed for the first time to the general public at the Bible Lands Museum.

A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday.

China’s Yuanda Enterprise Group announced last week that it had bought the Israeli company AutoAgronome Israel Ltd for $20 million in order to expand its business to high-tech agriculture.

Jerusalem district firefighters and rescue volunteers, alongside U.S. Marines and families of 9/11 victims, marked the 13th anniversary 9/11 in a special ceremony held in the Jerusalem Hills.

Ashdod residents witnessed the test operation, which simulated a rocket attack from Iran on southern Israel.

Israel is sharing its knowledge in the fields of public health in coordination with the World Health Organization’s efforts to stop the Ebola Virus Disease

“Supporting Israel is a form of standing against terrorism. Because my father was murdered by terrorists, I know exactly how people feel when they are under terror attack and that’s another reason for me to stand with Israel. “

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/europe/belgian-pm-and-jewish-community-respond-to-attack/2014/05/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: