Trials Begin in Two Anti-Semitism Cases, Serving as "Warning and Example"

June 15, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On June 15, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "The president of Belgium's main Jewish umbrella organization Wednesday welcomed the opening of two trials in anti-Semitism cases. The two trials in Antwerp – one against a 22-year-old Muslim accused of threatening a Jewish man with a knife and the other against a 23-year-old accused of verbally abusing two Jewish youths – are reportedly the first trials in Belgium for anti-Semitic violence or abuse. Both incidents took place last summer, when a rash of stabbings and threats against Jews took place. 'It's about time the government's reaction to this has reached the level of a trial,' said Dr. Julien Klener, of the Central Israelite Consistoire of Belgium. 'At least they're doing something. For years they didn't do anything.' After the outbreak of attacks last summer, Belgium's interior minister pledged to crack down on the violence."