EJC president Dr. Moshe Kantor said: “Unfortunately, campuses, which are supposed to be the bases of open and liberal thought have become hotbeds of hate and intolerance against Jews."
The controversy has revealed the wide sensitivity gap between some Belgian revelers inured to such blatant ethnic caricatures, and outsiders attuned to calling out racism and antisemitism.
Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, condemned the defence team’s use of "reprehensible tactics" and "conspiracy theories" during the trial.
The European Jewish Congress said the verdict was a “successful stress test for the rule of law in Belgium.”
An estimated 20,000 people took to the streets of Paris, and thousands marched in other cities across France to protest a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks, including the vandalism of almost 100 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.
EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova described as "historic" the announcement by President Macron introducing crucial measures to tackle antisemitism in France, including the adoption of the IHRA definition.