University Recognition of BDS Creating Fear

A Brussels university accepts the anti-Israel boycott movement as an official student group, raising fears for young Belgian Jews.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu,

Anti-Israel protest (illustrative)
Anti-Israel protest (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Free University of Brussels' acceptance of the anti-Israel Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement as an official student group has sent waves of fear among young Belgian Jews.

The European Jewish Parliament (EJP) said that numerous anti-Semitic incidents have taken place on the university campus, including what the EJP said were "fake" death threats and “fake Israeli checkpoints” at the entrance to the university.

The Law Faculty Student Association displayed an anti-Semitic cartoon during its annual party and organized an event on the campus premises promoting notorious French anti-Semite Dieudonné, and the Solvay Business School Students' Association published an anti-Semitic article in its monthly magazine.

The EJP stressed the fact that The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed a French Supreme Court judgment declaring the boycott of Israel illegal.

The organization “strongly urges the Belgian political and academic authorities to reverse the admission of BDS as a Student Association and to condemn its discrimination towards a group of people because of their nationality, in accordance with the European Court of Human Rights and the French Supreme Court,” it said.

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