The capital of European anti-Semitism?
The capital of European anti-Semitism might not be London or Paris. It might be Brussels
Belgium, which hosts the European Union capital in Brussels, provides
a paradigmatic example of the new-style ֲ hatred for the Jews. The
Belgian capital’s oldest Jewish school,ֲ named forֲ Maimonides, will be
closed soon due to anti-Semitic attacks and lack of students. Like
during the Nazi occupation, it is dangerous today for a Jewish girl to
go to school in Brussels these days. They are routinelyֲ told "Dirty Jew
– go to your country".
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Belgium has 40,000 Jews. In 2012, watchdog groups recorded a 50 percent rise in anti-Semitic hatred.
is estimated that 30% of the Brussels population (1 million) is Muslim
and they will be the majority in three generations. The daily De Morgen published
the results of a survey among young Muslims in Brussels high schools.
It finds that half "can be described as anti-Semitic, which is a very
high rate", says VUB sociologist Mark Elchardus.
Belgian authorities declared war on Judaism. A Belgian court in the city
of Antwerp has just forced a Jewish Orthodox school for girls,
affiliated with a hassidic sect, to admit the two sons of an
anti-Zionist hareidi militant who attended the Holocaust denial
conference in Tehran in 2006 and was photographed kissing Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In Antwerp, the famous “Belgian Jerusalem”, a highly respected and
government-funded Catholic school, the College of the Sacred Heart,
hosted a “Palestine Day”, which was replete with anti-Semitic references
and activities for youngsters. One stall at the event was titled “Throw
the soldiers into the sea” where children were invited to throw
replicas of Jewish and Israeli soldiers into two large tanks of water.
the onset and aftermath of the Black Death (1348-49), Belgian Jews were
slaughtered by the local populace and authorities who blamed them for
poisoning the wells to cause the plague. Only a handful of families
survived, most of whom were burned at the stake in 1370, charged with
desecrating the Host (the wafers used in communion).
the Belgian Jews were burned in Auschwitz with the voluntary
participation of the Belgian authorities. Seventy years later, Belgian
pupils are learning how to target Israeli flags, effigies of an Antwerp
Hassid, a synagogue, the Maccabi sports club - and ultimately, to kill
These days, while the Belgian authorities were
opening the Jewish museum in the building that served as a Nazi station,
passengers on a train in Brussels got a shock as the following
announcement came over the speaker, “Welcome to the train to Auschwitz.
The Jews are asked to get off at Buchenwald".
Labels: Belgium, European anti-Semitism