Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews

March 4, 2013

Writing The Wrongs: Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews

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Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews
Peter Martino

The survey, conducted by Professor Mark Elchardus also showed that Islamic anti-Jewish feelings are widespread among all socio-economic and ethic groups, regardless of whether the pupils are from richer or poorer families, or whether the parents consider themselves moderate or traditionalist. This leads to the conclusion that the anti-Jewish sentiments are caused by Islam, and not by socio-economic factors.
Belgium, your average European country, sits the middle of Western Europe, between Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. This small country of 11 million inhabitants houses both the headquarters of NATO and the European Union. If one wants to know what life is like for Jews today in Europe, the situation in Belgium is a significant measure.
As it happens, the situation is pretty bad. And worsening. Last year, anti-Semitic abuse and violence rose by 30 percent, with 88 documented complaints, compared to 62 in the previous year. Because many victims do not complain, the actual number of incidents is definitely higher. The Belgian trend mirrors the situation in neighboring France, which saw anti-Semitic attacks rise to 614 in 2012 from 389 in 2011. The most serious incident was the murder of a rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren by an Islamic fanatic in Toulouse in March 2012.

Last month, Joods Actueel, a Jewish monthly in the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has a relatively large population of 20,000 Jews, published the shocking results of a survey among almost 4,000 schoolchildren between 14 and 18 years old.
The survey, conducted by Mark Elchardus, a sociology professor at Brussels University, showed that up to 75% of Muslim youths in the city harbor anti-Semitic feelings.
Of all Muslim schoolchildren, 50.9 percent are in total and 24.5 percent in partial agreement with the statement that Jews incite to war and blame others for it. Asked whether they think that Jews consider themselves better than other people, 49.3 percent of the Muslims youth totally and 23.6 percent partially agreed. Other statements generated similar results. 45.1 percent totally and 27.9 percent partially agree with the statement that Jews want to dominate. And 35.4 percent totally and 37.6 percent partially agree with the statement that Jews have too much influence in Belgium.
Prof. Elchardus concluded that 45 to 50 percent of Muslim schoolchildren could be labeled anti-Semitic. Of the non-Muslim schoolchildren only 10 percent could be labeled as such. The anti-Jewish feelings among non-Muslim children are only slightly lower than the 12 percent who look unfavorably upon Muslims, considering every Muslim a potential terrorist.
The situation is particularly worrying because today a growing percentage of the young population in Antwerp, a traditionally Catholic city, is Muslim. In municipal schools in the city, pupils have to choose between religious classes or non-confessional morality classes. 49.3 percent of all pupils choose Islamic religious classes, 27.7 percent choose non-confessional classes, while the number opting for Catholic classes has dropped to a mere 20.5 percent. Five years ago, the Islamic percentage was only 33.6.
Only 17 pupils opted for Jewish classes, an insignificant number compared to the 5,165 Muslim pupils. About 85 percent of Jewish children in Antwerp, however, attend Jewish schools. Antwerp has 14 subsidized Jewish schools plus a number of non-subsidized private schools.
The survey conducted by Prof. Elchardus also showed that Islamic anti-Jewish feelings are widespread among all socio-economic and ethnic groups, regardless of whether the pupils are from richer or poorer families, whether the parents consider themselves moderate and progressive or traditionalist, or whether they are of North African or Turkish origin. This leads to the conclusion that the anti-Jewish sentiments are caused by Islam, and not by socio-economic factors.
Among the non-Muslims, anti-Jewish feelings were more widespread among the non-religious group, while children from a Catholic background proved to be the least anti-Semitic, despite the fact that they tended to be more conservative and less progressive.
Asked to react to the survey, Pascal Smet, the Belgian Education minister, said that the survey proved that “youths with a negative view of others are also those youths who are from the most vulnerable socio-economic background.” If anything, however, as Joods Actueel pointed out, the survey showed exactly the opposite. The magazine criticized the minister, who is a homosexual, for devoting too much attention to the gay rights agenda in Belgium’s schools, while neglecting the anti-Jewish stereotypes of Islam.
The Belgian press, too, devoted little attention to the survey. Perhaps the survey’s results were not considered politically correct enough. Moreover, most media attention was devoted to the fact that 25 percent of Muslim youths condone violence against homosexuals and support the death penalty for gays in Islamic countries. For the media, anti-Jewish sentiments are far less important than feelings of animosity against gays.


Belgian Jews in Shock over Beating of 13-Year-old Girl

November 24, 2011

Anti-Semitic graffiti in Europe(Vlad Tepes) Five Muslim Moroccan girls in Belgium beat a 13-year-old classmate, called her a “dirty Jew” and told her to “return to your country.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/23/2011, 12:08 PM
Anti-Semitic graffiti in Europe

Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

Five Muslim Moroccan girls in Belgium beat a 13-year-old classmate, called her a “dirty Jew” and told her to “return to your country.”
The girl, Oceane Sluijzer, has filed a complaint with police after the anti-Semitic attack at a sports training center. The attackers were identified and questioned by police.
Jewish legislator Viviane Teitelbaum of Brussels denounced the “silence” of political leaders and most of media after this attack.
Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations of Belgium (CCOJB), the umbrella group of Jewish organizations in Belgium, expressed “shock” at the attack and asked that the investigation be conducted without delay. The Jewish group added it is considering filing a civil suit and said the Jewish community is “exasperated” by repeated attacks on Jews in Belgium, whose Jewish population is 40,000.
It also told the Belgian French community’s Education Minister he should “introduce appropriate educational programs in schools to prevent unjustified tensions between communities,” the European Jewish Press reported.
The Jewish Consistory, the representative body of Jewish religious congregations in the country, also appealed to authorities to take action.

Brussels: Islamic male attacks police for stopping wife

October 25, 2011
(Eye) Belgium has implemented a ban on the wearing of the burka since the 23rd of July this year. It was the reason why two policemen, who spotted a woman wearing the burka, stopped her and asked for her ID papers. Her husband, angry that the police dare stop his wife, physically attacked one of the policemen while informing his wife to go home.

Jihadis Threaten Belgium Over Burqa Ban

August 1, 2011

A typical call for interfaith dialogue from the al-Qaeda-linked Shumukh al-Islam forumA typical call for interfaith dialogue from the al-Qaeda-linked Shumukh al-Islam forum

“O Allah, destroy their buildings with explosives, their cars with booby-traps, and their men with sniper rifles,” Contributor, al-Qaeda-linked Shumukh al-Islam Jihad Forum

A terrorism-monitoring organization said Friday that jihadists are threatening Belgium with terrorism for having imposed a burqa ban.
In an email to subscribers, the United States-based SITE Monitoring Service quoted posts on jihadist internet sites as urging the bombing, torture and killing of Belgians. In its introduction to the posts, SITE made no assessment of the severity of the threat.
According to SITE, on July 24 — the day after Belgium’s burqa ban took effect — someone called Faz al-Shaheed posted a comment on the Shumukh al-Islam forum saying, “This is what your parliament unanimously decided except for one representative, to ban the wearing of the veil in your small country. So, by this decision you have ignited unto yourselves a fire without an extinguisher. … I urge our Muslim brethren in Belgium to do what they can of bombing, destroying, torturing and assassinating them, because they are the ones who started it.”
That post drew several like-minded comments on the burqa ban in response, SITE said.
“O Allah, destroy their buildings with explosives, their cars with booby-traps, and their men with sniper rifles,” someone using the name Fashudu al-Withaq wrote, the monitoring organization said.
Another poster, using the name Asad al-Malhama, reportedly gave technical suggestions for making a bomb, then added, “Don’t forget to add nails and shrapnel on the outside in order to cause the largest number of death and injuries to the criminal enemies of Allah.”
Another poster urged that “gifts” for France not be forgotten, as France was the first country in Europe to ban the veil.
Belgium’s ban on wearing the burqa took effect July 23, having been overwhelmingly approved by the parliament. Its supporters said it was needed as a security measure.
A lawyer representing two Belgian women who wear the burqa has appealed to a court to declare the ban unconstitutional.

“Don’t forget to add nails and shrapnel on the outside in order to cause the largest number of death and injuries to the criminal enemies of Allah.”

This isn’t your typical keyboard warrior/Jihadi Kidz talking shop. The password-protected Shumukh al-Islam forum is closely linked to al-Qaeda, and in addition to the usual incitement to violence against the kuffar, the site boasts training courses, manuals and other resources for the well-connected Jihadi.
So these are not idle threats. But it’s doubtful anyone will notice until something bad happens. Despite this story revealing real, deadly threats and violent incitement against an EU member state for imposing a burqa ban, it has been buried by Western mainstream media. in fact is has received much greater coverage in Islamic countries.
Despite the ‘nose-on-your-face’ evidence of Islam’s supremacist onslaught against the values of the West, most media and élite commentators seem to prefer to pin the blame for global jihad on blond, ‘white supremacist fundamentalist Christians’.
[Source: AP]

…and the media is still trying to pass that Anders fellow off as a Christian even though his manifesto said he would work with Muslims. The priority is clear!