Belgium has also seen the growth of a possibly largely imported anti-Semitism. The Chief Rabbi of Brussels has not worn a skullcap in public since 2001, when he was attacked by a group of young Arab men. When a Belgian public broadcaster asked to film the Chief Rabbi and other members of the Jewish community walking on the street while wearing their skullcaps, they declined, saying that they feared for their safety. In 2014, a Muslim terrorist killed four people at the Brussels Jewish museum.
Half of all Muslim teens in Belgium hold anti-Semitic views, according to a 2013 study conducted for the Flemish government among almost 4,000 high school students in Antwerp and Ghent. Among Muslims, 50.9% of respondents agreed with the statement “Jews foment war and blame others for it,” compared to 7.1% among non-Muslims. The statement “Jews seek to control everything” received a 45.1% approval rating among Muslims, compared to a 10.8% approval among non-Muslims. Approximately 35% of Muslims agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much clout in Belgium,” compared to 11.8% of non-Muslims
According to the main Belgian anti-Semitism watchdog, the Belgian League Against Antisemitism, Belgian Jews live “in a permanent stage of siege”.
“The presence of military on the street in front of Jewish sites is somewhat reassuring,” said the president of the Belgian League Against Antisemitism, Joël Rubinfeld, last May. Over “the last two or three years,” he said, his organization had dealt with a dozen cases of Jewish school students subjected to anti-Semitic bullying, as well as a broader trend of Jewish parents unwilling to risk sending their children to public schools.
“This is what they call a double punishment: on the one hand, they are victims of these antisemitic acts, of bullying, or even sometimes of physical violence, and on the other hand, it is they, and not the aggressors, who have to leave their school.”
Rubinfeld also said that it has been difficult to convince Belgian politicians that the country has a serious problem with antisemitism.
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