Belgium’s parliament called on the government to launch an inquiry into the role of the national railway company in the deportations of Jews and Roma to Auschwitz.
Belgium’s Constitutional Court ruled that a request to annul the ban on religious slaughter in Flanders and Wallonia must first be referred to the European Court of Justice.
Bart de Wever, the leader of the Flemish Nationalist party N-VA, said that the antisemitic depiction of Jews in a carnival float in the town of Aalst was indefensible.
The mayor of the Belgian city whose annual parade featured puppets of Jews and a rat atop money bags defended the display, telling local media that “In Aalst it should be allowed.”
The Belgian city of Antwerp has finally authorised the placing of stepping stones in memory of Jewish victims killed in the Holocaust.
Belgian Jewish organisations have expressed anger at a carnival float in the city of Aalst, which portrayed Jews with crooked noses and bags of money.