Belgian Jews call on Brussels regional parliament to back motion against antisemitism

The Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations (CCOJB), the country’s EJC affiliate, has called on members of the Brussels region parliament to vote in favour of a resolution proposing numerous practical steps aimed at fighting antisemitism.

In a statement, the CCOJB called “on all democrats to not back down and accompany their words with acts, by voting for the resolution proposed by MPs Viviane Teitelbaum, Alexia Bertrand and David Weytsman and which as the backing of all democratic parties of the governing coalition and opposition”.

The resolution follows similar adoptions of policy by the European Parliament in 2017, the declaration of the European Council in 2018 and a resolution in the Belgian Senate the same year, the statement said. It notably confirms the urgence to appoint a national coordinator to fight antisemitism in the country.

CCOJB President Yohan Benizri said: “Our country has unfortunately known a lot of shameful episodes and has been singularly touched by antisemitism – that which kills, that which denies and that which mocks. At a time when certain people are profiting out of Nazi stereotypes, for example, by presenting Jews as controlling puppeteers in Aost, it is essential to come together and work together and denounce without ambiguity. There is still time to awake our consciences, and at the very least, not to hold back, in order not to be complicit.”

 

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