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  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    2 hours ago

    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,...

  • Brussels synagogue fire was arson, watchdog says

    3 hours ago

    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,...

  • 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...

  • EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence

    July 16, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare.

    The leaders, meeting in Brussels, urged both sides to "de-escalate the...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Belgian Jewish activist says he was threatened online

    May 27, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    Belgian Jewish activist Joel Rubinfeld said he received an online death threat for speaking about the Brussels Jewish museum killings.

    On Monday, Rubinfeld published on the website of the League Against Anti-Semitism in Belgium, or LBCA — an organization he heads — the text of...

  • Reports conflict on possible suspect in Brussels museum killings

    May 27, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Conflicting reports have emerged on the arrest of a suspect in the Jewish museum killings in Brussels.

    According to the Belgian VTM broadcaster, the suspect who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon is connected to the killing of four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium on...

  • Belgian Jews gather to mourn after museum attack

    May 27, 2014 | 9:23 am

    Hunched over a small island of memorial candles for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Paul Ambach is lost in thought.

    “Once again, Jewish blood in Belgium, which is no longer Belgium,” said Ambach, a well-known Jewish musician from Antwerp, as he stared...

  • Belgian police release footage from Jewish museum shooting

    May 27, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Belgian police released footage of the shooting that killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium as part of their manhunt to catch the perpetrators.

    The black-and-white security camera footage from Saturday’s attack shows a man entering the museum’s corridor carrying two...

  • 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...

  • Two Israelis killed in Brussels shooting

    May 25, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

    A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not give further details on their identities on the victims killed...

  • Brussels refuses to register baby name Jerusalem

    August 20, 2013 | 8:42 am

    The city of Brussels refused to register the name of a locally born Israeli baby because Jerusalem does not appear on a list of approved names for children born in the country.

    Hagar and Alinadav Hyman, Israelis who have lived and worked in Brussels for the last three years,...

  • European Jewish Parliament to EU: no half-measures on Hezbollah

    February 12, 2013 | 6:36 am

    Members of the European Jewish Parliament have urged 27 foreign ministers to avoid the “error and half-measure” of calling only Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist entity.

    “Let us insist on the fact that there is no distinction between Hezbollah’s ‘political wing’ and ‘military...

  • Jewish group says E.U. ‘legitimized terror’

    December 12, 2012 | 9:48 am

    A European Jewish group has accused the European Union of providing "legitimization" for terrorism with its criticism of Israel.

    The accusation came in an open letter by the chairmen of the Brussels-based European Jewish Parliament sent on Wednesday to the presidents of the...

  • European Parliament members in Israel discuss U.N. vote

    December 4, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Four members of the European Parliament met with Israeli leaders during a solidarity visit to Israel following its escalated conflict with Hamas.

    The members of the European Parliament  returned to Brussels on Monday after touring the areas hit by Hamas rockets during the...

  • Brussels mayor apologizes for ‘42 deportations but ‘won’t pass judgment’

    September 4, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The mayor of Brussels has apologized to the Jewish community for the municipality's Holocaust-era "role" in deporting Jews, but added he would "not pass judgment."

    Speaking to a crowd of a few hundred people on Sunday at a ceremony at Brussels City Hall, Mayor Freddy Thielemans...

  • Morocco evacuates Israeli diplomat

    March 26, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Pro-Palestinian protests forced the evacuation of an Israeli diplomat from Morocco.

    David Saranga, Israel’s senior liaison to the European Parliament, traveled from Brussels to Rabat over the weekend for an international conference of lawmakers. But the event was overshadowed by a...

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