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Again antisemitic inscriptions found in Brussels neighborhood

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During the day on Saturday, residents of a street in Uccle, a commune in the south of Brussels noticed the presence of an inscription “Jew” tagged with black paint on a low wall, near a dental office.. The identities of the people living there were also tagged, except for one, probably left as a reminder of what happened before and during the Second World War in Nazi Germany.

For the second time in a few weeks, anti-Semitic inscriptions have been found  in the same Brussels neighborhood where an important part of the city’s Jewish community lives.

During the day on Saturday, residents of a street in Uccle, a commune in the south of Brussels noticed the presence of an inscription ”Juif” (Jew) tagged with black paint on a low wall, near a dental office, daily La Dernière Heure reported. The identities of the people living there were also tagged, except for one, probably left as a reminder of what happened before and during the Second World War in Nazi Germany, the paper wrote.

The inscription “Jew” has since been erased. The mayor of Uccle Boris Dilliès, who went to the site Monday afternoon, spoke of an “unspeakable act” and confirmed that an investigation is currently underway and the public prosecutor informed.

Joel Rubinfeld, of the Belgian League against Anti-Semitism, commented:  “The same inscriptions  that were put on the windows of stores belonging to Jews during the Second World War.’’

Last December,  a similar inscription had been spray-painted on the pavement of another street in Uccle, in a nearby neighborhood. At the time, it was written, also in black paint, “Jew = Nazi”. People observed, by comparing the inscriptions, that the writer wrote the “J” in exactly the same way as last Saturday.

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