Several dozen demonstrators were recorded chanting the antisemitic slogan “Khaybar Khaybar Ya Yahoud” during an unauthorised demonstration in the centre of Brussels.
Some 3,000 people demonstrated at Place de l’Albertine in Brussels. The slogan is a reference to a seventh century massacre of Jews.
Yohan Benizri, President of the Coordination Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations (CCOJB) recalls that this slogan is often chanted during anti-Israel demonstrations. “This song is unacceptable in our country, it is unworthy that every year we incite war against the Jews in the streets of Brussels”
The organisers of the protest distanced themselves from the antisemitic chants. “This year, we have taken all steps to prevent such incidents from occurring, in particular by taking care to prevent in our dispute appeals that antisemitic remarks will not be tolerated” wrote Gregory Mauzé, one of the organisers of the demonstration.
Reporting on the incident, the Netherlands-based Documentation and information Centre Israel (CIDI), question why the police had not intervened during the incident.
De antisemitische Khaybar leus werd vandaag ook in Brussel gescandeerd. Waarom greep de politie niet in? Deze Jodenhaat die oproept tot moord is ontoelaatbaar!
— CIDI (@CIDI_nieuws) May 15, 2021