Chairman Natan Sharansky of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel visited Brussels, Thursday, in order to express solidarity with the local Jewish community in the wake of the deadly attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium on Saturday. Sharansky listened to the concerns of Jewish community members and communal leaders, and met with student leaders and representatives of the Jewish youth movements operating in Belgium, agreeing to increase The Jewish Agency's activities among Belgian Jewish youth.
During his visit, Sharansky visited the Jewish Museum along with Jewish community leaders and lit a memorial candle in memory of the victims of Saturday's attack. He said, "It was important to me to be with the Belgian Jewish community at this time, to strengthen their hands and be strengthened by their resilience. In the early days of our struggle in the Soviet Union, the Belgian Jewish community mobilized to host one of the largest gatherings in support of our freedom. Today I had the opportunity to express the solidarity of world Jewry with the Belgian Jewish community. The Jewish Agency stands with the Jewish community of Belgium and will help ensure that Jewish life continues without interruption, assisting local Jewish institutions in addressing their security needs and connecting young Jews to their Jewish identity and to the State of Israel."