Well-known television journalists Dafna Liel and Amalya Dwek were shaken on Wednesday evening, when a cab driver in Brussels launched into a profanity-laden tirade, calling them “dirty Jews” and other anti-Semitic slurs.
Just over a week after Chief Rabbi Avraham Gigi’s controversial remarks about the lack of a future for Jews in the small western European nation, the pair, alongside an unidentified third woman, boarded a cab in the Belgian capital and were immediately asked if they were Israeli.
“We were frightened. He started to curse us for a couple of minutes” before demanding three times the normal rate for the trip, Liel told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Brussels on Thursday.
“I was so scared I said ‘okay we will pay you’ and I really felt that he might attack us. He looked so angry, he had this crazy look,” she recalled.