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

By JTA
February 23, 2013 00:57

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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