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Belgian Holocaust survivor Henri Kichka dies of coronavirus

His son Michel wrote, 'a small microscopic coronavirus succeeded where the entire Nazi army had failed'

28/04/2020
Jewish school in Antwerp
Belgian police charge 3 for gathering to commemorate Holocaust

“This was not, and should not be treated as, an illegal party,” he told Belga. “This was an essential action out of respect for the resistance fighters, Holocaust victims and family members.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/04/2020
Antwerp Jewish
In some Jewish communities, getting coronavirus carries a stigma

Jews and even Jewish leaders in places like Milan and London show a trend of avoiding conversation around the virus in communities that could potentially be very hard hit by COVID-19.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/04/2020
Antwerp Jewish
Belgian Jews concerned about large haredi population and coronavirus

Antwerp community leaders expected an 85% COVID-19 infection rate among Jews in the Belgian city, with at least 550 deaths * Foreign Ministry makes sure Jews in Egypt have kosher for Passover food.

Antwerp Jewish
Antwerp Jewish community braces for 85% coronavirus infection rate

A fifth of the community, or about 3,400 people, will require hospitalization and 10%, or 1,700 of the members, will reach a critical medical condition, according to the estimate.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/03/2020
The Kazerne Dossin Holocaust memorial museum in Belgium.
Concern over future of Holocaust museum after historians resign in spat

In a country that has a record of local police helping the Nazis murder a quarter of the kingdom’s Jews, commemorating the genocide has never been comfortable.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/03/2020
Jewish humor: When punchlines create punching bags... or worse

Self-deprecating humor not only keeps people humble, it helps people out of difficult situations or keeps them alive.

By CHARLES O. KAUFMAN
29/02/2020
Red wine [Illustrative]
Belgian woman dies after unknowingly sipping wine laced with MDMA

Officials claim that the woman had a lethal amount of MDMA and MDA present in her bloodstream. An eyewitness claimed she only took a sip from the glass of wine after complaining it tasted off.

Giant figures depicting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) and other politicians are seen dur
The Aalst Carnival shows how quickly we forgot 'Never Again'

Sadly, the Aalst parade was not the only European Carnival celebration to feature offensive imagery this week.

27/02/2020
Belgian MP to submit legislation to protect circumcision

‘Brit milah is under attack in Belgium,’ says Michael Freilich

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