NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

Belgium

CCOJB President sends message of support to the community

In a short video message, Yohan Benizri, President of the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations sent a message of support to the community amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Historians quit Belgian Holocaust museum over honour for anti-Israel activist

Half of the scientific committee of Belgium’s national Holocaust museum resigned over the institution’s plan to host an event that was to honour a promoter of boycotts against Israel.

European Court of Justice to examine Belgian regional bans on Shechita

The European Court of Justice is to open hearings into the legality of measures adopted by Belgium’s Flanders and Wallonia regions effectively banning Shechita.

Belgian mayor tweets conspiracy theory about “Jewish lobby”

The mayor of the Belgian city of Kortijk, Vincent Van Quickenborne, a former senator and federal minister, tweeted an antisemitic conspiracy theory in the aftermath of the widely condemned Aalst carnival.

Belgian Jews call for protection of religious circumcision rights

In a statement, the CCOJB noted various current discussions on circumcision rights in the Belgian parliament and called for respecting the rights of religious communities in their diversity.

Belgian MP to submit legislation to protect circumcision

Belgian MP Michael Freilich intends to submit legislation to parliament that would protect religious circumcision in the country, following concerns that efforts to enact certain restrictions may be advanced.

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