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News and updates about Belgium

Diaspora Min.:

Everyone has right to self-determination, except Jews

'Iran's direct missile attack removed any doubt about its intentions, even for the last of the skeptics, the masks are off,' Diaspora Minister, Amichai Chikli, says at NatCon in Brussels.'

Everyone has right to self-determination, except Jews

'Free the girls first'

Brother of kidnapped soldier sends message to Belgian FM

Salem Alatrash, brother of kidnapped soldier Mohammed Alatrash, meets Belgian Foreign Min., urges her to push for hostages' release.

Brother of kidnapped soldier sends message to Belgian FM

'Bring them home'

Belgian MP's response to anti-Israel disruption

Jewish MP Michael Freilich had a response ready when anti-Israel demonstrators disrupted the Belgian Parliament and threw flyers at the MPs while chanting 'stop the genocide.'

Belgian MP's response to anti-Israel disruption

Belgium:

Four arrested over planned terror attack in Brussels

Police in Belgium arrest an adult and three underage individuals suspected of plotting an attack against a concert hall in Brussels.

Four arrested over planned terror attack in Brussels

Belgian MP rebukes minister for Nazi comparison

Belgian MP Michael Freilich denounced a minister in his government for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

Belgian MP rebukes minister for Nazi comparison

WJC denounces kosher slaughter ban in Belgium

Maram Stern, executive vice president of World Jewish Congress, warns of the detrimental effects of ruling on religious freedoms for Jewish and Muslim communities.

WJC denounces kosher slaughter ban in Belgium

European Jewish Congress:

'Dismayed' by ECHR ruling to uphold shechita ban

Decision to uphold Belgium shechita ban raises serious question regarding whether Jews have a future in Europe, European Jewish Congress says.

'Dismayed' by ECHR ruling to uphold shechita ban

Belgian minister confirms Hamas operates in Belgium

The Belgian Justice Minister has confirmed that Hamas is allowed to operate in Belgium under the guise of organizations that do not directly expose its involvement.

Belgian minister confirms Hamas operates in Belgium

Paris attacker transferred from Belgium to France

Salah Abdeslam, who was sentenced to life in jail over 2015 Paris attacks, removed from his Belgian prison cell and transferred back to France.

Paris attacker transferred from Belgium to France

Due to safety concerns:

Israeli team to play Belgian team in empty stadium

Maccabi Haifa to play Belgian soccer club in front of empty stadium due to safety concerns amid Israel-Hamas war.

Israeli team to play Belgian team in empty stadium

Belgium:

Police stop bus over 'terrorist' conversation

Belgian police stop bus coming from France after a passenger reports hearing a conversation about a possible attack.

Police stop bus over 'terrorist' conversation

After US sanctions:

Belgium announces ban on 'extremist settlers'

Belgian Prime Minister announces that “extremist settlers” will be barred entry, one day after US announced similar sanctions.

Belgium announces ban on 'extremist settlers'

'Giving a tailwind to terror'

Belgian and Spanish ambassadors to be reprimanded

Netanyahu and FM Cohen criticize Belgian and Spanish Prime Ministers who levelled accusations at Israel hours before hostage release.

Belgian and Spanish ambassadors to be reprimanded

85 Jews graves vandalized in Belgian cemetery

Security increased at Belgian Jewish institutions after unknown vandals steal Stars of David from Jewish graves in city of Charleroi.

85 Jews graves vandalized in Belgian cemetery

Minister of Foreign Affairs:

'Belgium turning a blind eye to Hamas’ crimes'

Turning a blind eye to Hamas’ crimes is disregarding Israel's right to defend itself against a terrorist organization worse than ISIS.

'Belgium turning a blind eye to Hamas’ crimes'

Belgium:

Palestinian Arab arrested for planning suicide attack

Palestinian Arab asylum seeker arrested in Brussels after allegedly talking about planning a suicide attack.

Palestinian Arab arrested for planning suicide attack

Report:

Terror attack against Israeli Embassy in Brussels foiled

Four teens with Islamist ideologies allegedly planned to set off a car bomb outside the embassy after murdering police officers.

Terror attack against Israeli Embassy in Brussels foiled

Belgium: Police shoot man suspected of murdering two in Brussels

Suspect is of Tunisian descent and was in Belgium illegally, sources say.

Belgium: Police shoot man suspected of murdering two in Brussels

2 killed in terrorist shooting in Brussels

Man shouts 'Allahu Akbar' while opening fire on tourists in Belgian capital. Suspect still at large.

2 killed in terrorist shooting in Brussels

Iranian activists face campaign of intimidation in Europe

The regime uses a wide variety of means to try and silence critics even outside its borders.

Iranian activists face campaign of intimidation in Europe

Iranian journalist sues Jewish Belgian politician

The lawsuit comes after the two exchanged tweets regarding Belgium's relationship with Iran.

Iranian journalist sues Jewish Belgian politician

Belgian court sentences 2016 Brussels terrorists

Men found guilty of involvement in 2016 Islamist bombings in Brussels handed sentences ranging from 20 years to life in jail.

Belgian court sentences 2016 Brussels terrorists

Belgian MP blasts government's silence on Abbas' antisemitism

Belgian Member of Parliament Michael Freilich criticizes Belgian government over its failure to condemn PA chairman's antisemitic speech.

Belgian MP blasts government's silence on Abbas' antisemitism

Following remarks by minister:

Israel summons Belgian ambassador for reprimand

Belgian Minister Caroline Gennez claimed during an interview that "entire Palestinian villages are being wiped off the map by Israelis."

Israel summons Belgian ambassador for reprimand

Zelzate, there ends the white man's multicultural sob

A group of Islamic students surround a younger white boy and force him to kneel and kiss their feet. A symptom of the era? Who cares? Op-ed.

Zelzate, there ends the white man's multicultural sob

Seven years later:

Belgian court convicts Brussels terrorists

Belgian court convicts six men of murder and two of terrorism charges in connection with 2016 bombings in Brussels.

Belgian court convicts Brussels terrorists

Belgian couple caught with 400,000 worth of smuggled tobacco

A couple visiting Israel from Belgium were arrested with hundreds of packages of cigarettes and 1400 units of vaporizing tobacco.

Belgian couple caught with 400,000 worth of smuggled tobacco

Defense Minister Gallant arrives in Belgium

Minister Gallant will meet with local Jewish communities and European counterparts and will attend the Le Bourget Airshow in France.

Defense Minister Gallant arrives in Belgium

Brussels apartment building defaced with Nazi symbols

Latest anti-Jewish incident leads Belgian Jewish community org to wonder why government has not come up with plan to combat antisemitism.

Brussels apartment building defaced with Nazi symbols

Belgian PM inaugurates Antwerp’s great synagogue reopening

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo praises Belgian Jewish community as a religious and cultural 'cornerstone of our society.'

Belgian PM inaugurates Antwerp’s great synagogue reopening

Op-Ed:

Belgium will be the first Muslim state in Europe

Europe trampled the biological and cultural laws of the birth, decline and death of a civilization, celebrating its own euthanasia.Op-ed.

Belgium will be the first Muslim state in Europe

Belgian city of Liège passes motion to boycott Israel

City council denounced for approving motion by far-left party to boycott Israel and all 'institutions that are complicit.'

Belgian city of Liège passes motion to boycott Israel

Haredi man killed, 18 injured in Antwerp crash

Vacation ends in disaster as UK driver dies when minibus flips over in Antwerp, leaving 1 dead, 18 injured.

Haredi man killed, 18 injured in Antwerp crash

Replacement theory is alive in the Islamic takeover of Europe

Islam is replacing both Christianity in Belgium and atheism in Sweden in a weakened West. Op-ed.

Replacement theory is alive in the Islamic takeover of Europe

Ex-Belgian MP to be tried for Holocaust denial

Far-right politician linked to youth chat groups containing antisemitic messages to stand trial for Holocaust denial weeks after resigning.

Ex-Belgian MP to be tried for Holocaust denial

Herzog to address EU Parliament on Intl. Holocaust Rem. Day

Israeli President to depart for Belgium tomorrow, meet with King before delivering keynote address to EU Parliament.

Herzog to address EU Parliament on Intl. Holocaust Rem. Day

Chaos on Europe's streets

Migrants, after a victory for the country they came from, devastated the streets of the country that welcomed them. What lies ahead? Op-ed.

Chaos on Europe's streets

Watch: Belgian fans set cars on fire after national team's loss

Street riots broke out in several cities after Morocco upset Belgium 2-0 at the World Cup.

Watch: Belgian fans set cars on fire after national team's loss

Belgian Holocaust memorial adds 210 victims to ‘portrait wall’

Mechelen transit camp museum holds annual ceremony matching former inmates who perished with their photos to give them a face.

Belgian Holocaust memorial adds 210 victims to ‘portrait wall’

Belgium:

Main Jewish org slams pro-Palestinian parliamentary exhibit

Describing the display as 'unworthy of being in parliament,' key Jewish org adds its voice to the list of those calling for its removal.

Main Jewish org slams pro-Palestinian parliamentary exhibit

Belgian court throws out French request for extradition of imam

Imam convicted of antisemitic incitement by French authorities had fled to Belgium.

Belgian court throws out French request for extradition of imam

Police officer dead in suspected terror attack in Brussels

One police officer dead and another injured in a stabbing attack in Brussels. Reports say the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar".

Police officer dead in suspected terror attack in Brussels

Belgian Jewish community condemns pro-Palestinian protest

Brussels demonstration organized by groups linked to terrorist organizations denounced by Belgian Jewish community.

Belgian Jewish community condemns pro-Palestinian protest

Imam expelled form France for antisemitism arrested in Belgium

Fugitive on the run for delivering antisemitic speech was ordered by French authorities to be deported to Morocco.

Imam expelled form France for antisemitism arrested in Belgium

EU economy on verge of ‘full stop’ energy crisis

Belgium PM calls for price caps on gas in order to avert a catastrophic economic shutdown that would be difficult to recover from.

EU economy on verge of ‘full stop’ energy crisis

EU intelligence agencies warn of Belgian far-right festival

City of Ypres slammed for allowing music and camping festival popular with neo-Nazis to take place.

EU intelligence agencies warn of Belgian far-right festival

Brussels rules Shechita is legal

Brussels Regional Parliament votes against ban on kosher slaughter by majority of 42 to 38.

Brussels rules Shechita is legal

Belgian teacher who saved children during the Holocaust dies

Belgian Resistance member Andrée Geulen-Herscovici was named Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jewish children during the Holocaust.

Belgian teacher who saved children during the Holocaust dies

Belgium announces: Mandatory isolation for monkeypox carriers

Belgium orders: 21-day mandatory quarantine for confirmed monkeypox carriers.

Belgium announces: Mandatory isolation for monkeypox carriers

Instant Karma

In Antwerp, Hasidic man overpowers and tackles his attacker

Watch: Ukrainian man in Belgium threatens Hasidic man outside of synagogue - and instantly regrets it.

In Antwerp, Hasidic man overpowers and tackles his attacker

Belgian state TV apologizes for parody on ‘Schindler’s List’

Belgian state TV apologizes for video parodying ‘Schindler’s List,’ removes video from its YouTube channel.

Belgian state TV apologizes for parody on ‘Schindler’s List’

Belgium:

Trial begins for suspected Paris attack helpers

Trial of 14 people accused of helping ISIS terrorists who carried out 2015 Paris attacks begins in Belgium.

Trial begins for suspected Paris attack helpers

Garage refuses to serve Jews over 'Israel’s stance on Russia'

Formal complaint filed against Belgian garage owner by Antwerp Forum of Jewish Organizations after discussions did not make him reconsider.

Garage refuses to serve Jews over 'Israel’s stance on Russia'

Four killed, dozens injured in car ramming in Belgium

Car slammed into crowd of people in Belgian town during preparations for carnival festivities. Police have yet to declare motive.

Four killed, dozens injured in car ramming in Belgium

Belgian Jewish prisoners granted right to wear kippahs in jail

Jewish prisoners will now be able to wear kippahs anywhere in prison, not just inside their cells.

Belgian Jewish prisoners granted right to wear kippahs in jail

Belgian museum returns looted painting to Jewish family

Painting returned after 71 years to heirs of Jewish couple who fled Germany and Belgium at the onset of World War II.

Belgian museum returns looted painting to Jewish family

Belgium opens investigation into role in WWII railway transports

Belgian government looking into role of national railway company in transport of Jews and other to death camps during World War II.

Belgium opens investigation into role in WWII railway transports

The march of Islam in Belgium

In Belgium, Islam is rapidly replacing Christianity. When a society no longer knows a reason to exist, others find it. Op-ed.

The march of Islam in Belgium

Belgium revokes imam's residency

Head imam of mosque in Brussels has right to residency in Belgium revoked due to “signs of a serious threat to national security.”

Belgium revokes imam's residency

Letter to Belgium returned to Israeli marked with swastika

Rishon LeZion resident who sent letter to Belgium receives letter back several months later covered with swastika and antisemitic insult.

Letter to Belgium returned to Israeli marked with swastika