Daily Israel Report

UN Chief Condemns Anti-Semitic Belgium Shooting

UN Secretary-General says location of Brussels shooting "points to a possible anti-Semitic motivation behind it."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/26/2014, 4:42 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Sunday night the shooting attack in the Jewish Museum of Brussels, which left four people dead, including two Israelis.

A statement from Ban’s office said that “the location of the attack points to a possible anti-Semitic motivation behind it.”

The statement added that Ban “reiterates his strong condemnation of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and trusts that Belgian authorities will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime to justice swiftly.”

“The Secretary-General sends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to one person reported injured,” said Ban’s statement.

Earlier Sunday, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders condemned Saturday's attack, saying that Belgian authorities were going full-force on the investigation and were determined to apprehend the culprits.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the attack was directly caused by “constant incitement against Jews and their state.”

“Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored,” said Netanyahu.

“Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength,” he added.

Economy Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett responded to the shooting attack by urging world Jewry to embrace - rather than reject - its heritage as a weapon against anti-Semitism.