Monday, 16 May 2022 - 15 of Iyyar, 5782

Antisemitic graffiti on footpaths in a Brussels neighborhood where a large part of the Jewish community lives

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’This is pure antisemitism. On the streets of an affluent neighbourhood in Brussels today,” said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association.

Asked for a reaction, the Mayor of Ucclle, Boris Dilles spoke of ”heinous acts.”

“It is one thing to write a ridiculous comment on a wall, and we can put any manner of graffiti down to ignorance or sheer stupidity. But this on public footpaths and at a road junction is much more calculated, much more sinister,’’ reacted Rabbi Menachem Margolin, Chairman of the European Jewish Association, after unknown people painted the words ‘Juif = Nazi’’ (Jew= Nazi) in Uccle, a southern Brussels suburb.

‘’It is no secret that a large part of the Jewish community in Brussels lives in Uccle. And this is a message to them, and indeed to every Jew in Brussels. We are equated to those who murdered 6 million of us. We are not welcome. We are responsible for something unspoken, unnamed.’’

‘’This is pure antisemitism. On the streets of an affluent neighbourhood in Brussels today. I hope to hear from politicians and community groups of all hues that this is not something that will be tolerated. Or is in any way reflective of the society where we all seek to live in peace and dignity,’’ Rabbi Margolin added.

Asked for a reaction by European Jewish Press, the Mayor of Uccle, Boris Dilles spoke of ”heinous acts.” ”The police on the one hand and the road services on the other are doing what is necessary. This will be removed tomorrow,” he said.

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