(JTA) — Belgium has turned down a request for financial assistance from the daughters of an Israeli couple killed in an attack a year ago on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Shira and Ayelet Riva were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack in May 2015. Mira and Emmanuel Riva were on vacation…
When friends ask Ilana Sumka what it’s like being Jewish in Belgium nowadays, she’s supposed to answer ‘I’m nervous.’ Which is true, but not the full story.
A young rabbi from the Netherlands said unidentified individuals threw stones at him at a park in Brussels in a suspected anti-Semitic incident.
The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety.
Israel reportedly warned Belgian officials several weeks ago about inadequate security at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport.
An Israeli government minister blamed Belgian officials for “eating chocolate” instead of paying attention to security against terror.
Belgian Jews have gotten used to fearing for their safety. Every morning as parents drop off their children at Jewish schools across the country, they are greeted by heavily armed soldiers, stationed to protect the students.
Brussels synagogues were shut over the weekend as Belgium authorities imposed a widespread lockdown amid fears a Paris-style mass terror attack was imminent.
Belgian police arrested three people on Saturday in raids in a poor, immigrant quarter of Brussels as they pursued emerging links between the Paris attacks and an Islamist bastion in France’s northern neighbor.
He said he was from Damascus. Camped out two flights below, speaking a mix of French and Arabic, he wasn’t hard to understand.