Jewish blood cannot continue to flow in the streets of Belgium, Yesh Atid MK says

Yoel Razvozov says Belgian government must react strongly to those carrying out violent anti-Semitic acts, following Saturday's stabbing of a rabbi in Antwerp.

November 16, 2014 14:52
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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Jewish blood cannot continue to flow in the streets of Belgium, Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee chairman Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) wrote to Belgian Ambassador to Israel John Cornet d'Elzius Saturday night.

The letter came after a rabbi was stabbed in the neck in Antwerp on Saturday.

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Razozov recounted d'Elzius's visit to the committee in May, after a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in which the ambassador said his government is working to eradicate anti-Semitism.

"I am convinced that there is increased security around Jewish institutions in Belgium, but once again there was a serious act of violence against a Jew in Belgium," the Yesh Atid MK wrote. "A situation in which a rabbi is attacked on Saturday afternoon as he leaves synagogue is unacceptable."

Razvozov wrote that the ease in which a passer-by could draw a knife and slit a Jewish man's throat shows how fragile Belgian Jewry's safety is.

"This event, whether it was planned or improvised, should light a very large warning light. It cannot be that in a matter of a few months, Jews' blood is flowing in the streets of Belgium again," he added.

The Belgian government must act strongly against those who attack Jews, Razvozov demanded, calling for it to continue its agenda of fighting anti-Semitism.

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