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Suspect Arrested In Brussels Shooting As Unease Grows Among Europe’s Jews


Roots in ISIS: Police stand guard at Jewish school in Brussels following attack that left four dead.

Roots in ISIS: Police stand guard at Jewish school in Brussels following attack that left four dead.
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A man arrested on suspicion of killing four people last month at the Jewish Museum of Belgium allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack in a video.

News of the arrest came as a relief to European Jews, whose sense of security has been shaken by intermittent anti-Semitic attacks and the growing strength of far-right parties in a number of European countries.

Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said Sunday in a news conference in Brussels that a video found after the arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, at a bus and train station in Marseille on Friday includes his voice claiming responsibility for the May 24 attack and murders. Nemmouche had tried to film the attack, according to Van Leeuw, but the camera failed.

Nemmouche was arrested at Marseille’s main train and bus station, Saint-Charles, on May 29 and is being held on suspicion of terrorist activity. He arrived in Marseille aboard a bus that left from Amsterdam via Brussels.

According to TF1, a French television broadcaster, Nemmouche was stopped by customs officers performing routine checks. He declined to open his bag, leading the customs officers to evacuate the bus and check the contents of every bag aboard. The weapons found in the man’s luggage “were arms of the same type used on May 24 in Brussels,” an unnamed source told AFP.

Nemmouche also carried a small, portable video camera and a baseball cap similar to the one that is believed to have been worn by the perpetrator of the Brussels Jewish museum shooting.

Also Sunday, Belgian police took two people in for questioning in connection with the investigation into Nemmouche, according to AFP.

Nemmouche became a radical jihadist while serving a sentence in France in 2009 for armed robbery, TF1 reported. He left France for Belgium in 2012 and from there traveled to Syria.

Nemmouche had spent a total of five years in prison from late 2007 to December of 2012, and had visited the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria after his release. He returned to Europe in March 2014, BFMTV reported Sunday.

Roger Cukierman, president of French Jewry’s umbrella organization CRIF, told the British Independent newspaper that it would be a “huge relief” if Nemmouche is found to be the Brussels killer.

“While he was free, another attack was likely,” Cukierman said. “It seems that the worst fears of Western governments are being realized. The European jihadists in Syria are a time bomb waiting to go off.”

The museum shootings and the results of the recent continent-wide parliamentary elections that strengthened far-right parties have put the spotlight on multidirectional threats faced by Europe’s Jews.

These threats are coming together from the “right-wing, certain elements of the Muslim community, and at the same time also from the radical left, which is viciously anti-Israel,” Daniel Schwammenthal, director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, told JNS.

In France, the right-wing National Front party won 25 percent of the vote for that country’s parliament seats, and in the United Kingdom the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) won 27 percent of the vote. Additionally, the son of a Nazi SA assault division member was the first candidate from the extreme-right National Democratic Party (NDP) of Germany to be elected to the European Parliament.

Jewish groups and leaders have expressed concern about the election results. But Konstanty Gebert, a prominent Polish-Jewish activist, journalist, and expert from the European Council on Foreign Relations, noted that many right-wing parties throughout Europe are actually reaching out to the local Jewish community for the purpose of the struggle against Muslim immigration.

There is “violence that is disproportionately targeting Jews, and in most cases the perpetrators are Muslim immigrants or descendants of Muslim immigrants,” said Gebert.

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One Response to “Suspect Arrested In Brussels Shooting As Unease Grows Among Europe’s Jews”

  1. Good to know he's caught, but there are thousands more like him. i do not believe that the current right-wing groups in Europe are out to harm Jews; it is Islamists and the self-righteous lefties (who know absolutely nothing about Israel except the nonsense that they hear from Islamists) who are intent on harming us and chasing us out of every country. It is a worldwide phenomenon.

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