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Wiesenthal Center: European Leaders Must Act Following Belgian Attack

This clinical, cold-blooded attack takes place against the backdrop of a massive spike in anti-Semitic attitudes and acts across much of Europe.
Jewish Museum of Belgium, the scene of a violent attack on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Jewish Museum of Belgium, the scene of a violent attack on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Photo Credit: Jewish Museum of Belgium website

A gunman walked into the Jewish Museum of Belgium on Saturday, May 24. He opened fire and shot four people. Three died almost immediately; a fourth died later, at the hospital. The police arrested one man in connection with the shooting, and a second is being sought.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns the murderous terrorist attack today at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that left four innocents dead and a community in shock,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate Dean of the leading Jewish human rights NGO, who will be addressing an international Conference on Anti-Semitism starting this Sunday at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

“While Belgian authorities have raised the terror alert to level 4 ( highest), the fact is that a terrorist—who shot—to kill—all too accurately, remains on the loose, leaving a shocked Jewish community deeply shaken,” Cooper said.

“At this point, it is not known if the terrorist is tied to an organized group, or like the Toulouse French Jewish School murders or the Passover Eve attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, carried out by a lone-wolf who may have honed his skills in the Middle East or online. Either way, this clinical, cold-blooded attack takes place against the backdrop of a massive spike in anti-Semitic attitudes and acts across much of Europe.”

“Of course we expect Belgian authorities to take all necessary measures to protect Jewish lives and Jewish Life in their nation but is all time for them and all the European leaders to also take measures to reverse the extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes held by as many as 150 million European citizens,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.

Rabbi Cooper spoke tonight with Joel Rubinfeld, who heads up the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism and asked him to express condolences to the victims’ families and the Jewish community on behalf of the 400,000 members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Approximately 40,000 Jews live in Belgium, about half of whom live in or near Brussels.

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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5 Responses to “Wiesenthal Center: European Leaders Must Act Following Belgian Attack”

  1. Thank you, Lori Lowenthal Marcus;
    I fear the that the problem of Antisemitism will not be properly addressed because there is denial of it's root cause, historically the friend of Jews have been people who read and valued the oracles they were given by G-d. As fewer pages of the book are turned so to the inverse, hate for Jacob's God grows; and his chosen unlike him are within reach.

  2. Arne Normann says:

    - the war has been going on for many years now. Attacs from unoff. muslim or neonazistic branches – waits for a conterattac… or?

  3. Seagull LivingStone says:

    In zurich switzerland there are three posters accusing Israel of stealing Arab land and no one is protesting.Thid is clearly the result of pro Islamist terror support by the EU

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    Better form some kind of a Jewish Defense League. If you wait for the Governments in Europe we will have another Holocaust. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

  5. Dan Silagi says:

    Maybe one day the Wiesenthal Center will get it through their collective skulls that the real enemies are Muslims, not nonagenarian Nazis.

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