Now the two men, both in their 80s, have forged a close friendship that has become a symbol of reconciliation in their native Belgium.
Assadi is one of the first Iranian diplomats to face trial on terrorism charges in the European Union.
Approximately 18,000 Jews live in the city in close proximity. Several troops protect its Jewish quarter.
In February, when Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne was the Mayor of Kortrijk he tweeted that the “Jewish lobby is working extra hours. After Aalst, now Washington."
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The relic is mentioned in civic documents, but until it was found "no one really believed it," Verviers city councilor Maxime Degey told Reuters.
Jozef Chovanec died in police custody in 2018, but recently revealed images of the incident raise questions about police conduct.
The August 7 drawing in Le Soir by artist Pierre Kroll, who has fought off allegations of antisemitism for several previous drawings, shows a tourist bus under the title “Go Visit Antwerp.”
Belgium has a choice. It can join Israel in being a light unto the nations and help promote tolerance or it can stand on the wrong side of history by funding groups out to silence the Jewish state.
The Belgian Foreign Ministry added it does not necessarily share the goals of the organizations that it funds, and that it opposes “racism, antisemitism and discrimination.”