In a significant effort to combat antisemitism and enhance security measures, the Diaspora Affairs and the Fight against Antisemitism Ministry brought a delegation of security personnel from Belgium to Israel last week.
The delegation, consisting of 35 members from the Belgian security forces including high-ranking police officers, participated in a specialized training program aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools to effectively handle attacks with an antisemitic background.
According to Minister Amichai Chikli, this initiative aims to address the pressing concern of antisemitic incidents and strengthen the connection between security forces responsible for Jewish community safety.
“We recognize the need for improved training among security and emergency personnel who hold critical positions responsible for the safety of Jewish communities,” Chikli said.
Accompanied by Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson and Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever, the delegation embarked on a visit to significant sites, including Jerusalem’s Old City and Yad Vashem. The training program encompassed theoretical and practical components, covering a wide range of topics. Chikli emphasized, “The program equips participants with knowledge and skills required to combat antisemitic acts of violence effectively.”
Fighting for the safety of the diaspora
This marks the third delegation organized by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and the Fight against Antisemitism this year, following successful collaborations with security personnel from the Baltic states and Brazil. The ministry’s efforts aim to foster a deeper understanding of the Zionist narrative and ensure the security and well-being of Jewish communities worldwide.
The training program in Israel serves as a testament to the commitment of both Belgium and Israel to stand united against antisemitism and promote a safer and more inclusive society for all.