Palestine – Politics Precede Humanity In Brussels Bombings

April 3, 2016 by David Singer
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David Singer writes: The European Union has been increasingly expressing its growing antagonism towards Israel…


  1. imposing specific labelling laws for goods produced by Jews emanating from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)
  2. building structures in Area C of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) without consent or authorisation by Israel – which exercises full administrative and security control over this area under the Oslo Accords to which the European Union is a signatory.

Positions such as these taken by the European Union – coupled with a growing tide of Jew-hatred in Europe during the past decade –  create an atmosphere of hostility towards the Jewish State and can legitimise public expressions of opinion in Europe that would otherwise have been deemed politically incorrect and subjected to widespread criticism.

A case in point seems most likely to have occurred following the tragic events in Brussels on March 22 when 32 people were killed and 340 wounded in two terrorist attacks at Brussels Zaventem airport terminal and the city’s underground metro system.

Belgium’s federal hotline – set up by the Belgian Interior Ministry to take calls after these attacks – has fired an operator who told a caller that Israel does not exist and should be called Palestine instead.

The caller told the operator that he was a volunteer for the city of Antwerp’s Jewish Coordination Committee.

Their message was recorded and the full English translated transcript follows:

XXX: Good afternoon, my name is XXX, I am a volunteer in the Jewish coordination committee of Antwerp. We are contacted by persons… we have 2 persons of the Jewish community that were hurt in the attacks in the airport

Crisis Centre: Yes sir

XXX: They are prepared to be transported back to Israel. Our volunteers are busy with it and take care of everything but we received information from the hospital that we need special papers from the police that they can be released. Is this correct and to who should we ask that? Can you tell me more about that?

CC: That is effectively.. I will take a look. So … they go back to Palestine.

XXX: Not Palestine, Israel.

CC: Yes, but that was before Palestine, of course. OK

XXX: Could you repeat that again, please? What is the name?

CC: That … Palestine.

XXX: Can I get your name, please?

Cc: Of course, Zakaria.

XXX: And you know only Palestine?

CC: Sorry?

XXX: You don’t know Israel, only Palestine?

CC: I know the Jews went to there, that Palestine received (opvangen) them and that there is a war between Israel and Palestine, of course. And the occupation… that’s what’s on the news of course.

XXX: Can you help me with the question I have, or not?

CC: Naturally, of course. Thus they go back to Palestine and ask that they could get an attestation. Voila, it is noted.

XXX: Can I have you name again, I didn’t understand it well.

CC: Zakaria

XXX: Zakaria?

CC: That is correct.

XXX: Zakaria what? What is your last name?

CC: I am not obliged to give it.


XXX; Thank you very much.

CC: You’re welcome. Bye

Jac Vermeer – CEO of IPG  – the company which had the contract to run the hotline for the Belgian Interior Ministry –  issued this pathetic apology:

“We wish to apologize to all members of the Jewish community and to the victims and their families in Israel,”

No expression of outrage has been issued by the Belgian Interior Ministry or the Belgian Government.

Not a peep from the European Union or European Commission.

The PLO and Hamas must be overjoyed.

David Singer is a Sydney Lawyer and Foundation Member of the International Analysts Network


5 Responses to “Palestine – Politics Precede Humanity In Brussels Bombings”
  1. Gillian Miller says:

    As Muslims enter from the Middle East, they bring their anti-Semitism with them. In their countries they are taught, from the Quran, to hate Jews/Christians/non-Muslims. They are ably supporting by the right wing with whom they have similar ideologies.

    “The term anti-Semitism was coined in 1879 by the German agitator Wilhelm Marr to designate the anti-Jewish campaigns under way in central Europe at that time. This variety of anti-Jewish racism dates only to the emergence of so-called “scientific racism” in the 19th century and is different in nature from earlier anti-Jewish prejudices.” (Britannica Encyclopedia)

    Personally, all I learned about the history of Jew hatred indicates that people hated Jews regardless of the name or definition of such hatred! I have also found that the authorities, in general, don’t care, report it and it is filed away or ignored. Rarely do they do anything.

    It is time that the Jewish communities stopped being so apathetic and started speaking up against it. It is sad that too many are scared to make a fuss and that others don’t believe that it is happening. My sister-in-law told me that to speak out would be as bad as that which happened to Jews in Germany before WWII! I don’t want to be forced to like in a shtetl and pay jizya and I most certainly don’t want to hand such a life to my children and grandchildren.

  2. Gil Solomon says:


    You say: “building structures in Area C of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) without consent or authorisation by Israel – which exercises full administrative and security control over this area under the Oslo Accords to which the European Union is a signatory”.

    One has to wonder what has happened to Israeli sovereignty. Seems that Netanyahu has no concept of the word “sovereignty”. Obviously when it comes to “full administrative and security control” Israel has become an impotent laughing stock, a political basket case, a nation too timid to take effective action and therefore treated with contempt.

    Anyway, on to the main thrust of your article re. the anti-Semitism raging like a wildfire throughout Europe. This may sound shocking and insensitive, but in my mind and as a Jew, Europe deserves all the mayhem and bedlam coming their way and I have no sympathy as to what befalls that continent in the future. They’ve opened the doors to mass Muslim immigration, they have made their bed and as far as I am concerned they can lie in it. As for Jews, they simply have to get out of Europe.

    • david singer says:


      Israel does not exercise sovereignty in Area C and the PLO does not exercise sovereignty in Areas A and B because of the 1993 Oslo Accords signed between them.

      The issue of sovereignty in A, B and C was supposed to have been resolved in direct negotiations between them.

      Twenty three years later those negotiations have gone nowhere and the PLO appears unwilling to resume them without preconditions.

      Netanyahu remains tied to this agreement but it would appear the PLO has repudiated these arrangements by attempting to create the fictitious “State of Palestine”

      In my opinion Israel is therefore able to take unilateral action in Area C whenever it chooses to do so because of the unilateral decisions taken by the PLO in Areas A and B.

      • Gil Solomon says:


        Your final sentence is music to my ears “Israel is therefore able to take unilateral action in Area C whenever it chooses to do so because of the unilateral decisions taken by the PLO in Areas A and B”. If Israel had any real leadership, it would now tear up the Oslo Accords, which represented nothing but a loss of sovereignty and take unilateral action at every place deemed necessary and on every issue.

        Anyway, this appears to be an auspicious beginning.
        A time for celebration.
        I can see that in the not too distant future, who knows, but maybe David Singer will come around to my various and controversial points of view.

  3. Leon Poddebsky says:

    It has been clear for a long time that Europe is in a state of unconventional war with Israel and thus most Jews.

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