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

By JTA
February 23, 2013 00:57

 
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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 88 complaints of anti-Semitism in 2012, compared to 62 the previous year and 57 the year before that.“The Jewish community is right to be concerned,” Delruelle told Belgian daily La Derniere Heure in a Feb. 21 article. “The figures show that anti-Semitism persists in Belgium."



He said that, while 88 incidents may seem negligible, "These figures are merely indicative, the tip of the iceberg, because many victims do not complain.”

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