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Belgium

Antwerp tightens security in Jewish quarter after deadly Vienna shootout

Security has been tightened in Antwerp’s Jewish quarter following a deadly shootout in Vienna which took place near a synagogue and has been described as a terror attack.

Brussels Times uses photo of haredi Jew for coronavirus worldwide article

The Brussels Times, an English language Brussels-based publication, shared an article reporting on the number of coronavirus cases worldwide with the article photo showing an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man with a medical mask standing at the Western Wall.

Antwerp Jews to lose army protection under new Belgium government’s plan

Antwerp’s Jewish community will lose its military protection under a plan by Belgium’s new government to eliminate the presence of soldiers in urban centers.

Belgian city of Aalst postpones its carnival

The city of Aalst will not organise its famous carnival in February 2021, a summer edition is considered if the evolution of the pandemic allows it.

Belgian Jews welcome ECJ Advocate General’s opinion on religious slaughter case

The Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations (CCOJB), has welcomed the opinion of Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union Gerard Hogan saying that the regions of Flanders and Wallonia violated EU law by prohibiting religious slaughter.

Belgian police laughed, gave Nazi salute when suspect died in custody

The wife of a Slovakian man who died in police custody in 2018 has called for a new investigation into her husband's death, following the release of new images depicting police brutality as well as an officer giving a Nazi salute.

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