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  • Belgium university to address race issues following Gaza-themed student game

    October 27, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Following the cancellation of a Gaza-themed students’ game with anti-Semitic overtones, the University of Liege in Belgium set up a pedagogic team to sensitize students to race issues.

    The game, which had been planned for Oct. 18, was an initiation ceremony for students of the...

  • Belgian far-right party to push for ritual slaughter ban

    September 30, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter.

    The Vlaams Belang made the statement Monday in reaction to a Cabinet minister’s announcement on forbidding the slaughter of animals in temporary slaughterhouses as of...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    September 16, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    September 16, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A fire that broke out at a synagogue near Brussels was the result of arson, a Belgian watchdog said.

    Three people had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region,...

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  • Brussels Jewish Museum opens its doors four months after shooting

    September 15, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    Four months after a shooting that killed four people, the Brussels Jewish Museum opened its doors to the public again on Sunday in a solemn ceremony attended by Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

    The museum in central Brussels had been closed since the May 24 attack by a gunman...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    August 28, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • Understanding the Holocaust: ‘Why the Germans? Why the Jews?’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 6, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    The Jew-haters among us, as recent headlines out of France and Belgium have reminded us, reach without interruption all the way back to antiquity. Still, the worst-case scenario of genocide in general and the mass murder of Jews in particular is what happened during the Shoah. And...

  • European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

    August 1, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple. The riots on the streets of Paris, the vicious anti-Jewish graffiti defacing the ancient streets of Rome, the...

  • Belgian doctor refuses to treat Jewish woman, citing Gaza conflict

    July 31, 2014 | 11:04 am

    A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain.

    The physician made the remark on Wednesday while manning a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizeable...

  • Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect charged with murder

    July 30, 2014 | 9:20 am

    The Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium has been charged with murder.

    The charge was filed in Belgian federal court on Wednesday against Mehdi Nemmouche, the Associated Press reported.

    Nemmouche, extradited by France, arrived in Brussels...

  • Belgian cafe posts ‘No Zionists Allowed’ sign

    July 29, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside.

    The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday against the...

  • French court orders extradition of alleged Brussels museum shooter

    June 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    A French court ordered the extradition of Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels.

    On Thursday, the court in Versailles approved Nemmouche’s extradition to Belgium to face murder charges, according to reports.

    Nemmouche...

  • French minister: Brussels Jewish museum shooter no ‘lone wolf’

    June 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    France’s interior minister said he believes the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium should not be considered a “lone wolf.”

    Bernard Cazeneuve made the statement on Tuesday during an address before the French Senate about Mehdi Nemmouche, a...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses extradition to Belgium

    June 4, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The French national suspected of having shot three people dead in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month refused on Wednesday to be extradited from France to Belgium, prosecutors and his lawyer said.

    Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who has been in police custody since his arrest on Friday...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect spent year in Syria, prosecutor says

    June 3, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    The 29-year-old Frenchman arrested on Friday over the fatal shooting of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum spent a year in Syria after becoming radicalized during the last of five stays in jail in France, a prosecutor said on Sunday.

    When he was arrested in the southern...

  • Brussels attack arrest underscores threat of returning jihadists

    June 3, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    It was the threat that European authorities dreaded — and Europe’s Jews suffered the first blow.

    The suspect arrested in the attack last month at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left four dead was a French-born jihadist who had returned home from fighting in Syria.

    Now...

  • Suspected Brussels Jewish museum shooter arrested in France

    June 2, 2014 | 9:26 am

    Police in Marseille arrested a man whom Belgian police suspect killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.

    The man, aged 29 and identified as Mehdi Nemmouche, was arrested at Marseille’s main train and bus station, Saint-Charles, on May 29 and is currently being held on...

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum shooting claims responsibility in video

    June 2, 2014 | 9:20 am

    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.

    Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said Sunday in a news conference in Brussels that a video found after the arrest...

  • Swiss professor: Belgium may be lying about museum shootings

    May 30, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    A Swiss professor wrote on Facebook that Belgian officials may be part of a conspiracy to falsely present the Brussels Jewish museum shootings as anti-Semitic.

    Tariq Ramadan, a Geneva-based lecturer on contemporary Islamic issues at Oxford University in Britain, speculated on...

  • Belgian Jews shocked, but not surprised, by attack

    May 28, 2014 | 11:02 am

    The cold determination with which the shooter at Belgium’s Jewish museum murdered four people shocked many Belgians, but local Jewish leaders have long anticipated the possibility of such an attack on their community.

    The shooter who entered the Jewish Museum of Belgium on May 24...

  • Belgian police: Arrested terror suspect not tied to Jewish museum killings

    May 27, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Belgian police arrested a person suspected of terrorism, but at this point see no connection to the Brussels Jewish museum shootings, a police spokeswoman said.

    “Following the events last Saturday, the federal police prioritized certain cases,” Wenke Roggen of the Belgian Federal...

  • Netherlands to deploy more police at Jewish sites after Belgium attack

    May 27, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Dutch authorities said on Tuesday they were deploying more police officers at Jewish sites, including cultural centers, schools and synagogues, after three people were shot dead at the Jewish Museum in Brussels this weekend.

    The attacker, who was caught on a security camera...

  • Police hunt Brussels Jewish Museum gunman, France tightens security

    May 25, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Belgian police were hunting a gunman on Sunday who shot dead two Israelis and a French woman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in an attack French President Francois Hollande said was without doubt motivated by anti-Semitism.

    Security around all Jewish institutions in Belgium was...

  • Betty Hyatt

    By Jane Ulman

    September 3, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    “Mommy, mommy.” Five-year-old Betty Hyatt, then Betty Prins, frightened by the unfamiliar low, rumbling noises in the sky, jumped out of bed and ran screaming for her mother. It was early morning on Friday, May 10, 1940, the day she and her father were planning to travel to Holland...

  • This week in power: DOMA, Pope, Immigration, Ferris Wheel

    By Danny Groner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    DOMA overturned
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Many religious organizations, including the...

  • Charlotte Seeman

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Charlotte Seeman — then Charlotte Leiter — spotted the barbed-wire fence ahead. She and her companions — a young woman from Vienna as well as the woman’s boyfriend and uncle — climbed over and continued walking. It was a cold night in December 1938, and they had crossed the German...

  • Chabad opens new center, synagogue in Antwerp

    March 18, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Chabad has opened a new synagogue and Jewish community center in Antwerp.

    The Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s new building in the center of the Flemish region capital cost about $3 million and was dedicated last week. It has 43,000 square feet of floor space, a library with...

  • Report: 30% rise in anti-Semitic complaints in Belgium

    February 22, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Belgium saw a 30-percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic complaints filed in 2012, according to a government agency.

    Edouard Delruelle, president of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, a Belgian government agency, said his organization documented...

  • For a Jewish school in downtown Brussels, it’s relocate or shut down

    January 15, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    On the third floor of the Belgian capital’s oldest Jewish school, Jacquy Wajc pauses to listen to the eerie silence that hangs in the hallways.

    Established in 1947 as a testament to Belgian Jewry’s post-Holocaust revival, the Athenee Maimonides Bruxelles school once accommodated...

  • Protesters chant ‘Hamas, Jews to gas’ in Antwerp

    November 19, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Belgian extreme-right and extreme-left activists participated in a demonstration in Antwerp where some participants reportedly called for Jews to be gassed.

    Approximately 150 demonstrators gathered Sunday afternoon outside the Provinciehuis, a concert hall in the Flemish capital,...

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